A Brief History About Halloween And Halloween Costumes

A Brief History About Halloween And Halloween Costumes

13 Aug, 2015
Pamela J. Smith
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The mask like images associated with Halloween, like the holiday itself, also have their roots in Celtic practices and likewise, their place in the modern psychology of the event. In fact, the ritual of putting on a mask to become someone else outside of ourselves is something that we have truly embraced in western society, not just as a means of entertainment, but as a means of escape.

25 Years of Terror is a DVD released on July 25, 2006 featuring a documentary on the Halloween films, narrated by P. J. Soles and featuring interviews from many of the cast members as well as filmmakers of the Halloween films and a lot of footage from the series as well. It has panel discussions with members from the casts and crews of most of the Halloween films, plus other celebrities and filmmakers such as Rob Zombie and Clive Barker as well as film critics. All of the panel discussions took place at a 25 year Anniversary convention in Pasadena, California (one of the filming locations of the original Halloween) in October 200 It also has extended versions of interviews featured in the documentary, and much more.

Halloween costumes are what make Halloween a special scary night of horror and fun. Any child will wake up the next morning after Halloween night and the first question that will be on their mind, where’s my Halloween candy? And what kind of Halloween costume do I want to have next year? The ability to wear a Halloween mask and transform yourself into something or someone else is the excitement of dressing up on Halloween night. Changing yourself into a scarecrow, monster, vampire, or some other new Halloween costume idea this is the most exciting part of Halloween night that you can enjoy and the most outrageous type of Halloween costume is better.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick or treating (or the related “guising”), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although most no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.

The name Halloween is first attested in the 16th century as a Scottish shortening of the fuller All Hallows Even, that is, the night before All Hallows Day. All observances of Halloween made an application to the agency of evil spirits, and Dumfries poet John Mayne’s 1780 poem made note of pranks at Halloween; “What fearfu’ pranks ensue!”, as well as the supernatural associated with the night, “Bogies” (ghosts). Eminent Scottish poet Rabbie Burns was influenced by Maynes composition, and portrayed some of the customs in his poem Halloween (1785). According to Burns, Halloween is “thought to be a night when witches, devils, and other mischief making beings are all abroad on their baneful midnight errands”.

Dressing up in costumes and going “guising” was prevalent in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween by the late 19th century. Costuming became popular for Halloween parties in the US in the early 20th century, as often for adults as for children. The first mass produced Halloween costumes appeared in stores in the 1930s when trick or treating was becoming popular in the United States.

On June 6, 2013, it was announced that a second, 35th anniversary, Blu ray release for Halloween is in the works and that John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis have recorded a new commentary. On June 11, it was announced that Dean Cundey is supervising a new high definition transfer. On July 22, the official cover art for the 35th anniversary Blu ray release was revealed including the new special features such as the all new high definition transfer by Cundey, the new commentary track by Carpenter and Curtis as well as a new 1 audio mix, the original mono audio mix, a new featurette with Curtis titled “The Night She Came Home”, an “On Location” featurette, the trailer, television and radio spots and the additional scenes from the extended television version. The 35th anniversary release earned a Saturn Award for Best Classic Film Release.

This unique design can be customized for any size party and with your imagination you can design it for any holiday event. In fact, why not also bring a Halloween Cake to the office and spice up the day or surprise your favorite nieces and nephews. You’re be their favorite aunt for sure after this.