The Good , The Bad, The Halloween Costume
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and I’m not talking about Christmas but the time wear all the leaves are changing colour, spirits are lurking about and you get to dress up as a sexy Ghoul, as your favoit star wars character or last minute homemade costume. So weather you are taking the kids out trick or treating, going to the club, or a Halloween party, here are a few good costumes to wear or maybe just shouldn’t wear on All Hallows' Eve.
Halloween originated during the 18th & 19th Centuries during the Celtic Festival of Samhain / Calan Gaeaf .
Calan Gaeaf celebrated in Wales on November 1st which is the day of Winter on Nos Calan Gaef the night before Ysbrydnos where it said to people avoided church yards, cross roads because spirits where out.
Samhain is a festival that celebrates the end of the harvest season which is the mid day between the Autumn & winter equinox ( October 31). Mumming or guising customs where worn to hide or to inmate the Aos Si Supernatural beings fairies or Elves. People also chanted in exchange for food.
In the 5th Century during the Christianization of Ireland their traditions like Samhain where amalgamated into christianity.
Kingston, Ontario 1911 a newspaper reported children going around a neighbourhood in costume.
In the 1930’s A.S. Fishbach, Ben Cooper, Inc. started to mass produce Halloween costumes by the 1940’s they where the largest selling costume company in USA selling at all major retail stores.
Woolworths Halloween ad
1950's Halloween ad
Kid costumes sale
Clowns, Cowboys, Indaians
Classic Woolworth ad
In the 1950’s pop culture icons like Davy Crockett, Superman & Zorro costumes started to became the popular costumes to wear
A collection of Halloween TV Comericals of the 80's & 90's
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Released on October 22 1982
Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace
Staring Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O’Herlihy
Plot: Silver Shamrock Novelties using a TV ads to sell Halloween masks a chip is embed into the masks, & if you bought a mask you’d be able to see a surprise on Halloween during their TV special.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Released on June 11 1982
Directed By Steven Spielberg
Starring Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore
Halloween Scene: ET dresses as ghost , Elliot as a ghoul are out on halloween night to get ET to phone home.