Halloween Costumes Essay

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There is nothing more exciting than deciding what to dress up as for Halloween no matter if it is a child, or an adult. The tradition of wearing Halloween costumes dates back centuries. Most Americans are familiar with the customs, and the tradition of wearing costumes on Halloween day. Both children and adults participate in Halloween festivities every year in some way or another. Many picking out extravagant costumes to wear trick-or-treating, or to wear to the Halloween party in the neighborhood, but does anyone really know the meaning behind the tradition of wearing costumes on Halloween day? Halloween costumes used to be worn to hide from spirit that were thought to roam the Earth on Halloween, but the tradition of wearing costumes on…show more content…
Halloween costumes at this time also reflected people's interest in other cultures. Scottish and Irish immigrants in the U.S. during the 18th and 19th centuries brought their Halloween folklore and traditions with them, which mixed in with the folklore, traditions and superstitions of other immigrants from Germany, Haiti and the Netherlands (“The History”). Borrowing from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money. Over time this tradition turned in to today modern “trick or treating”. In the late 1800s, America turned Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, and witchcraft. As the centuries changed Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations. Because of these efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century (Kammen). Today in America, the tradition of wearing costumes on Halloween is more about fun, and going door to door to collect candy instead of hiding from sprits that were once thought to roam
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