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When we think of Halloween, many of us think about candy, trick or treat, and costume parties. This is what the day has molded into after thousands of years, however, Halloween started as “All Hallows’ Eve” and can be tracked back about 2,000 years to the Celtic festival called Samhain. Samhain translates into “summer’s end” in Gaelic. Because Samhain occurred so long ago, the specific rationale for the festival is unknown, but it is believed to be a celebration for the end of a harvest year or the Celtic New Year.

 

Even though these traditions started A LONG time ago in Europe, Halloween did not start in the United States until World War II. As customs from the European ethnic groups and the Native American Indians blended together, the American version of Halloween began to emerge. The initial celebrations were “play parties” to celebrate the harvest where people would dance, sing, and tell each other’s fortunes. Eventually, as more Irish immigrants came into America, more traditions began to form. Specifically, when preparing for the winter months, civilians used to dress up in disguise and go door-to-door asking for food; hence, where “trick or treat” came to fruition.

 

In the 1800’s there was a movement to shape Halloween into a Holiday focusing on community and being neighborly. Now, Halloween is a day commonly associated for the things mentioned above; candy, trick or treat, and costume parties!

 

Costumes, in my opinion, are the best part about Halloween! The early costumes were typically woven out of straw and people wore them to perform in plays or skits. Now, they have become extremely extravagant and many people dress up as their favorite T.V. characters, as a “couples” costume, or stick to traditional costumes such as the witch, a black cat or pumpkin.

 

Now, here comes the fun part…what are the most popular costumes for 2018?

 

Black Panther: This 2018 Superhero film that is based on the Marvel Comics has been particularly popular this year! The movie is about T’Challa, crowned king of Wakanda, and his journey of leading a global revolution.  The costumes were colorful, high-tech and unique!

 

Cows: Sometimes, costumes become popular and no one really knows why. This year, consumers are excited to dress up as cows. Yes, you heard that right, cows.

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding: Every time there is a royal wedding, you bet that people jump on the bandwagon and create “royaltastic” costumes that will, without a doubt, be unforgettable.

 

Even though these are some of the top costumes for 2018, you can always go as a food item, witch, or pop star; just be creative and have fun!

 

Speaking of fun, St. Camillus is excited to host its first ever Mystery Dinner Party on Wednesday October 24th! The theme is “Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball” and attendees will in the middle of a diamond heist! Clues will be given and it is up to the audience to decide who is guilty and who is innocent! We will also be hosting a Halloween Party on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00pm. Are you planning to attend a Halloween party this year?  Visit our 2018 Halloween inspired Pinterest board to get some ideas!

 

Sources:

History.com

Insider Magazine

Livescience.com

Topic 20 - Posted October 17, 2018

 

History of Halloween and the Top Costumes for 2018 by Lindsey Bartelt

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