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Costume Ideas

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Costume Ideas

Halloween is a fun filled time of the year. Not just for small children but for men and women also. After all, who doesn't love getting decked out as his or her favorite ghoul, goblin, superhero, or bad guy, and go out trick-or-treating or to a Halloween celebration. Halloween is an event celebrated world wide and in almost every nation as there are seasonal Ed Hardy Clothes Online Shop and faith based connections that are popular. It has been around for almost 500 years.

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 connected with the Scottish variation of "All-Hallows-Eve", or, the evening before All-Hallows-Day or All Saints day. It started in 1556, and through the generations All-Hallows-Eve became Halloween. Halloween is October 31st, and is commemorated worldwide, though not all cultures observe on this date. Some nations celebrate on the 2nd Tuesday in December.

Halloween has a lot of symbolism and imagery which has evolved over time and many 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 craze of popular movies and characters adds to offerings. There's also several activities that have become traditions of Halloween. Trick-or-treating has become the most popular. Kids across the country dress up and go house to house in their neighborhoods amassing candy and goodies. There are Halloween functions, prank playing, games for instance 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 marks 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 start 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.

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