Through the history of Halloween, the Celtics wore costumes during the event as a way of showing of disguising themselves from the ghosts that roamed the land during the night and as they were around the bonfire. The costumes would also symbolize what story one was going to tell and what he or she believed in. The Romans who then ruled the Celtics wore costumes during the Halloween, which was also on the same day as the saint’s day, to remember the martyrs and saints who had died. They wore the saint’s costumes as a symbol of their greatness and honoured the martyrs by doing the same. It was all symbolic but with a way to tell a story out of it.
In recent times, Halloween has been known as the time people said good bye to summer and welcomed winter. People within communities, estates and groups would come together at events dressed in costumes and would perform tricks and pranks against each other. They would light bonfires and say ghost stories and just have fun out of the day.
Halloween has been associated with many costumes which have become popular and greatly associated with the event. Unlike other events like Christmas and Good Friday, Halloween doesn’t have a very long history when it comes to its history. The early costumes mostly emphasized the pagan and gothic nature of the informal event. This is from the simple fact that not all religions embraced Halloween and what it stood for. They saw it as a secular event for the not so religious people in the community.
The Halloween costumes are mostly derived from the Halloween symbols which are scary and show the unseen world in a different more open and a little friendly light. Costumes give the visual representation of events and times of the year. In weddings, the bride wearing white would represent purity and sanctity. Wearing black during a funeral represents death and sadness, and so on. Halloween though has no specific costume for the day. Halloween is all about superstition from the ancient times. During Halloween, all this believes come to be shown and used to express that which somebody thinks but wants to be seen. People would wear red clothes which represent blood or glooming death. Masks are worn to imitate that which a person thinks or is superstitious about. A person dressed like a bat may represent the unexplained nature of bats or represent vampires.
The popularity of Halloween costumes picked up in the 1930s when movie films, radios and literature became popular. Halloween was mostly seen as a children’s holiday but that came to change over time when even adults adopted it. Watching Halloween films may seem to be the biggest influence on Halloween costumes. People wanted to make sense out of the Halloween day. It was a day people told scary stories and did mischievous deeds. This had to match with how the people looked and therefore kids would make themselves costumes to match what they wanted to do, represent and even relate with the story they were going to tell.
Halloween costumes were and still are designed to imitate the supernatural and scary beings like ghosts and angels. They could also represent the devil, skeletons and witches. In the recent times, they have been also used to symbolize science fiction characters like superheroes, aliens and important people in the society or in the world. Musicians, athletes and other celebrities have also been imitated to form part of the costume designs.
The costumes are also used to represent ones role model or attraction to other people, who might be part of their small community. The costumes can be bought or made at home depending on what a person wants to portray him or herself.