Halloween costume

Halloween costume

__NOTOC__Halloween costumes are outfits worn on or around October 31, the day of Halloween. Halloween is a modern-day holiday originating in the Pagan Celtic holiday of Samhain (in Christian times, the eve of All Saints Day). Although popular histories of Halloween claim that the practice goes back to ancient celebrations of Samhain, in fact there is little primary documentation of masking or costuming on Halloween before the twentieth century. [cite book
first = David J.
last = Skal
title = Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween
location = New York
publisher = Bloomsbury
year = 2002
pages = 34
id = ISBN 1-58234-230-X
] Costuming became popular for Halloween parties in America in the early 1900s, as often for adults as for children. The first mass-produced Halloween costumes appeared in stores in the 1930s when trick-or-treating was becoming popular in the United States.

What sets Halloween costumes apart from costumes for other celebrations or days of dressing up is that they are often designed to imitate supernatural and scary beings. Costumes are traditionally those of monsters such as vampires, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. There are also costumes of pop culture figures like presidents, or film, television, and cartoon characters. Another popular trend is for women (and in some cases, men) to use Halloween as an excuse to wear particularly revealing costumes, showing off more skin than would be socially acceptable otherwise.

Halloween costume parties generally fall on, or around, 31 October, often falling on the Friday or Saturday prior to Halloween.

According to The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) 2007 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, the top Halloween costumes for children in the United States are: [" [http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&op=viewlive&sp_id=373 Adults, Kids and Pets Celebrate Halloween in Style] ". National Retail Federation, Washington, D.C., September 26, 2007.]
# Princess
# Spider-Man
# Witch
# Disney Princess
# Star Wars Character
# Pumpkin
# Ghost
# Power Ranger

The top Halloween costumes for adults in the same year were:
# Witch
# Vampire
# Cat
# Princess
# Fairy
# Wench / Tart
# Clown
# Angel
# Nurse

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Further reading

* Phyllis Galembo, "Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade", Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (2002). 128 pages. ISBN 0-8109-3291-1

External links

* [http://www.costume.org/ International Costumers' Guild, Inc.]
* [http://www.askmen.com/fashion/how_to/22_how_to.html "How To: Dress Up For Halloween"]

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