Halloween is definitely an enjoyable time of the year. Not only for little ones but for parents also. After all, what person doesn’t love getting dressed up as their favorite ghoul, goblin, super hero, or bad guy, and head out trick-or-treating or to a Halloween celebration. Halloween is an occasion celebrated all over the world and in nearly every country as there are seasonal and religious connections that are prevalent. It has been in existence for nearly five centuries.
There is some speculation around the origin of Halloween(not the name) but the occasion. A number of historians link it to the Roman feast of Pomona, who was the goddess of fruits and seeds. Others believe it started as Parentalia, the “festival of the dead”. It is nonetheless, more often linked to the Celtic festival referred to as Samhain, a Gaelic event which honors the end of summer.
Of course the name “Halloween” is more commonly associated with the Scottish variation of “All-Hallows-Eve”, or, the evening preceding All-Hallows-Day or All Saints day. It originated in 1556, and through the generations All-Hallows-Eve grew to become Halloween. Halloween is October 31st, and is celebrated globally, though not all cultures celebrate on this date. Some countries celebrate on the second Tuesday in December.
Halloween has a lot of symbolism and imagery that has developed over time and lots of civilizations and movements have contributed to it. Most notably are the Jack-o’-lantern, Dracula, ghosts, death, evil, and dark scary themes. Black and orange are Halloween’s official colors. Halloween has spawned a whole industry of costume manufacturers and each year the latest trend of popular movies and characters contributes to offerings. There’s also several activities that have become traditions of Halloween. Trick-or-treating is probably the most preferred. Kids nationwide dress up and go house to house within their neighborhoods accumulating candy and treats. There are Halloween parties, prank playing, games which include bobbing for apples, and attending haunted houses & graveyards.
Favorite foods at Halloween are candy or caramel apples, candy corn, popcorn, apple cider, and baked pumpkin seeds. Many other cultures have traditional foods they prepare for instance Ireland’s barmbrack that is a fruit bread.
Halloween represents the season of the harvest and the end of summer. Fall or Autumn in the northern hemisphere is when the weather turns cool and cultures harvest their crops in preparation of winter. Many people assert it is their favorite season citing cooler weather, back to school, the beginning of the American Football season, and many other reasons. All in all it is a great time and remains an important part of the calendar year.
Take some white pajamas and make wide horizontal stripes on them with a black marker or tape. Add a wide-brimmed black hat with a yellow hatband, a black cape, some red sneakers, red gloves, and a red tie with hamburgers on it. Wear a bandit mask (cut eye holes in a piece of black fabric and tie it around your face).
Idea submitted by Langley B.
Bearded Lady in the Circus
Great for a guy who already has a beard. Just wear a pink tutu, tights, make-up and a wig.
Wear normal clothes. Take some miscellaneous metal parts off of an old tv or appliance, and attach them to your clothes and skin, add cuts, fake blood etc. Tell people when the satellite fell to earth, you were in its path!
For this costume you need to make yourself look like Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining. You’ll need his crazy hair and scruffy beard. Then take posterboard or a light piece of wood, paint it to recreate a small door that you have smashed your face through. Attach it to your face using a strap around the back of your head. Carry a fake hatchet.
Idea submitted by LittleBlondB
Cute As A Button
Take two large paper plates and cover them with fabric (color of your choice). Add four small circles of black felt to the center of each plate (to make them look like a large buttons). Put two small holes at the top of each plate and connect them together with ribbons, then hang them over your shoulders (so one button is over your chest and the other is over your back). Wear over cute clothes! Optional: wear a cap that says “Cute as a Button.” Great costume for a baby.
Photo submitted by amberlee scarr
Wear khaki shorts, a two-toned bowling shirt, high socks and loafers. You need dark brown shaggy hair. Use spirit gum and some patches of fake fur to give yourself bushy eyebrows. Carry a bottle of “Tiger Blood” and say “Winning!” a lot.
Wear a cute dress in the Candyland game theme colors (pastel pink and green). The more stripes and ruffles, the better! Attach lollypops, candy canes, gum drops, licorice, etc. to your clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc. Wear bright colorful make-up, hair and accessories.
Idea submitted by Luvbythec
Make a refrigerator out of cardboard. It should have two sections: a refrigerator on the bottom with a door that won’t open (it’s covering your body), and a freezer on the top (with a door that is swung open to reveal your head). Cut holes for your arms and a hole so your head can stick up into the freezer. Paint it to look like a refrigerator, add handles, refrigerator magnets, etc. Get some fake snow and glue it around the inside walls of the freezer. Glue an ice cube tray and some fake frozen food next to your head. Use white glittery make-up to give your skin a frozen look, and put some baby powder and sparkles in your hair.
Idea submitted by Bri’s Mom
To make the bottom of the cupcake, find some corrugated cardboard (the kind with the ridges). Cut a piece and form it into a circle, big enough to fit around your hips. Paint it the color of your choice and attach it to some straps so it can hang over your shoulders. For the frosting, create a big poof of pink chiffon fabric. Attach it around your upper chest. Sprinkle some glitter on top or make fake sprinkles out of felt. Optional: make a cherry hat but turning a red plastic bowl upside down and adding a fake stem.
Arnold Schwartzenegger and a Maid
Costume for Two: He dresses as Arnold (business suit, huge muscles, cigar, etc.). She dresses like a maid (black dress, bibbed apron, ruffled pettycoat, feather duster, etc.).