Halloween is a holiday that is celebrated annually on October 31. The Halloween costume that is now popular now has only existed for the past 100 years unlike Halloween itself. At the 31st of every October, children of different ages dress have witches, devils, vampires, superheroes, movie character, etc. while the adults join the party in fancy dress costume. It is not known precisely where Halloween costume came from, but some theories explain why we dress in elaborate costumes every year. The Halloween dates back to 2000 years and it has its roots in age-old European traditions. It came from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain used to mark the end of summertime when people would wear old costumes and light bonfires to chase off ghost. The Celtics also believed that they could predict the future more precisely since they have demons and spirits nearby.
While celebrating the Samhain event, the Celts mad large celebrations and made lots of animal sacrifices. They are known to wear different costumes handmade from animal skin and heads. Historians said that they wore the outfits to be anonymous. They did not become unknown, but they change appearances so that they can have easier communication with the dead and spirit during the Samhain celebration. The belief was that by taking the presence of animals rather than human, they could communicate with spirits from other worlds. It was their thinking that animal power could be transferred to the costume wearer for the festival and they could even chase off evil spirits trying to disturb the night.
Some suggest that during the medieval times, the Catholic Church displayed relics of the holy saints on the All Saints’ Day, a holiday that took place on the first of November. It is said that thy wealth churches could afford to take part and the poor churches had to improvise to take part. Instead of displaying relics, the parishioners would dress in costumes as saints. Others would dress as angels and devils, and a procession would be formed using the church grounds a night before the All Saints’ Day.
However, some suggest that people dressed up during Samhain festival in other to be able to ask for money or food without being recognized by anybody. In the 15th century and afterward, children started to visit house singing songs or reciting poems other to get cakes, fruits, and money from homemakers. During the Samhain celebration, the Celts would sometimes perform plays that would require costumes. America became aware of Halloween in the mid-1800s. With the rise of English and Irish immigrants, new tradition and festivals were imported into the USA. It wasn’t long before the Americans started following Celtic traditions of dressing up and celebrating the end of October. They would walk around neighborhoods asking for money or food. It wasn’t called trick or treat until later.
The 19th century was when Halloween became very popular with children in North American even though there are some protesters not happy with the fame of the pagan festival. By the 20th century, Halloween was being celebrated in Canada, America and much of Europe. Businessmen and women started to cash in on holiday in 1930. Popular types of costumes were made in mass and sold to hundreds of children and adults alike.