The spookiest season of the year is approaching! It’s time to start searching online to discover the very best decorations for your house and one-of-a-kind costumes for yourself. Apart from those decorations, we also have compiled some interesting facts about Halloween for you. Although you have celebrated it many times in your life, there may still be a lot you don’t know about this uncommon night! Let’s scroll down to learn more!
More than two thousand years ago, the Christian churches in Europe designated November 1st as “All Hallows’ Day”. “Hallow” dates back from an Old English adjective that means “holy,” and “eve” means the nighttime. Legend has it that since 500 BC, Celts living in Ireland, Scotland and other places moved the day forward to October 31st. They thought that this day marks the end of the summer and the start of the harsh winter in the new year.
At that time, it was believed that the dead souls of the deceased would return to their former homes to find creatures and regenerate, so people put out the fire and candlelight on this day. Apart from this, they also dressed themselves as monsters and ghosts to scare away the dead. Centuries later, people still dressed up but just for fun and in exchange for food and drink. This custom is called Trick-or-treating, which has been a popular Halloween tradition for nearly a century, but it actually originated in the United Kingdom, Ireland and northern France.
There’s no denying that a larger full moon would certainly create a spooky vibe for the special night. However, a full moon rarely happens on Halloween. According to The Old Farmers Almanac, a “full moon on Halloween only occurs roughly once every 19 years. If the full moons are calculated using Greenwich Mean Time, that translates to approximately three to four times per century.”
People always carve pumpkins at Halloween, but few know the dark history of the jack-o-lantern. Pumpkin lanterns originated in ancient Ireland where there is a drunk man named JACK who loves pranks. One day he played a trick on a demon and was thus denied entrance to both heaven and hell. Then his soul had to rely on a small candle to illuminate and guide him between heaven and earth. In the beginning, this small candle was placed in a hollow radish called “JACK LANTERNS”. Later, people discovered that pumpkins are better than radish in terms of source and carving, so pumpkins became the darling of Halloween.
Now that we have mastered these Halloween facts, are you ready for the coming Halloween? Here we have compiled some strange and spooky Halloween costume ideas for you and your family!
Wear These Masks to Complete Your Costume
If you choose a perfect mask, it will make dressing up so much easier. All you need to pair them with is black clothing and you’re good to go.
If you don’t want to wear a mask, maybe you can try the following creepy makeup looks. If you don’t have a steady hand or enough free time, turn to your talented friend for help!
An Outfit to Save your Time
For those procrastinators, an outfit from head to toe is an optimal choice because you don’t need to spend time picking and matching.
Costumes For Kids
Your kids are ready for the Halloween costume party. Why not give them some inspiration?