Halloween time! Halloween time! …All month long! Maybe into November for a bit, haha. It’s my favorite month for so many reasons. Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, basically where Ireland is, believed that on the night before their new year (at this time the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.), the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
So when did we start wearing costumes? From at least the 16th century we have documentation that people were going house-to-house in costume (or in disguise), usually reciting verses or songs in exchange for food. Impersonating these beings, or wearing a disguise, was also believed to protect oneself from them and they demanded reward in exchange for “good fortune”. In 19th century Scotland, youths went house-to-house with masked, painted or blackened faces, often threatening to do mischief if they were not welcomed. So I guess that’s where the term “Trick or Treat” came from.
By the 1930s costumes based on characters in mass media such as film, literature, and radio were popular. Halloween costumes have tended to be worn mainly by young people, but since the mid-20th century they have been increasingly worn by adults also.
So if you are looking for a costume to wear this Halloween, below are my very bias favorite comic related costumes based on the events of this year so far.
NOTE: I have not tried these costumes on personally so I cannot vouch for the quality, fit, or accessories needed. Use your best judgement, check the reviews, or find a local shop where you can actually try them on.
What costume would you like to see this year? What will you be? Are you going as any of these characters? Let us know in the comments, bonus points for pics! And… HAPPY HALLOWEEN!