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A spooky time of the year is upon us. This week, you may have seen a full moon in the hazy night sky, and on Saturday, you will see a variety of characters on your front stoop asking the ever popular question, “Trick or treat?” Halloween is officially here.
The holiday is said to date all of the way back to the Iron Age, around 800 to 600 B.C. October 31 marked the last day of the Celtic calendar. Halloween was the last day of celebration before winter, which marked the death of life, nature and the harvest.
In the 18th and 19th Centuries, Scottish and Irish immigrants through their Halloween folklore traditions with them to America, but the holiday that we know and love didn’t take off until the Victorian era. At that time, Charles Darwin had just introduced the theory of evolution, and the Industrial Revolution had people longing for simpler times and had inspired them to become more connected with nature. Many costumes were centered on this theme and were, of course, homemade.
Today, Halloween costumes are big business. You’ll see just about everyone dressing up including children, adults and pets. Last year, more than two-thirds of holiday participants purchased a Halloween costume. The average person spent $77.52 on their costume.
Although children have the possibility to choose just about any kind of costume they could imagine, the most popular costume categories have remained fairly consistent over the last couple of decades.
- A mythical creature such as a witch, ghoul or goblin.
- A superhero.
- A fantasy job such as a doctor, police officer or firefighter.
- A movie character (this year’s most popular costumes have focused on the upcoming Star Wars movie).
- An animal – would you be able to guess Lion Pride’s favorite?
If you’re like many children, you enjoyed playing dress-up when you were young. Halloween gives us a chance to relive those days and partake in fantasy, whether you are young or just young at heart.
Lions Pride hopes you enjoy your Halloween weekend! Remember that no one ever outgrows dressing up.