The Spookiest Time of Year
Halloween is by far my favorite time of the year. It is in the perfect season, Fall, where the weather is pleasant and the trees are different hues of orange and red. It has been my favorite holiday since I was young and I have grown to love it even more with each passing year. It is a time where people get to be versions of themselves they would like to be. There is no judgment, and many people find this it is freeing holiday, as they can be whatever they want. I have noticed that it has become one of the most celebrated and anticipated holidays of the year in America and is growing in popularity with each passing year.
History of Halloween
Halloween nowadays in America is a holiday that centers around dressing up in fantastical costumes and giving and receiving candy. However, that is not how the holiday started out. Halloween draws from various different holidays and ceremonies that occur during this time of the year. It has become commercialized only recently. Halloween is descended from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, a holiday where massive bonfires were lit in order to ward off ghosts. Samhain had connections with All Saints Day, a Christian holiday due to both holidays making use of large-scale bonfires for their ceremonies. They also both dealt with the spirits of the dead and either honoring their passing or cleansing unwanted ghosts from this plane of existence. As Christianity spread, the concept of All Saints Day, also called All Hallows Eve spread with it.
With the immigration to America, customs of Samhain and All-Saints day were passed down through the generations and people started telling ghost stories around the fall-time. However, there was another influence on modern Halloween: Day of the Dead in Mexico. While Dio de Los Muertos is not Halloween they share similar themes and concepts. Both holidays deal with the spirits of the dead, but while Halloween has become more commercialized and is now a part of the mainstream pop culture, Day of the Dead has a much more cheery and respectful quality towards the dead. In Mexico, it is a celebration of one’s ancestors marked by dancing, singing, flower decorations and love for loved ones who have passed on. It is a day where the dead can be with their family, while Halloween is more focused on tricks, treats, candy, and spooky fun.
Halloween is a holiday made up of various traditions and is evolving with each passing year. However, it is important to acknowledge how this fun and spooky holiday came to be, as it may be changed even more in the future.
With each passing year, Halloween costumes have become more extravagant and more expensive. Fox61 wrote an article in 2015 of the average cost of a costume for an adult and the numbers are a little surprising, and they have only increased since then.
The average cost indicated is $45, but that is just for one costume. Many people buy multiple costumes for Halloween, and many more buy a new costume each and every Halloween season. Although the season for Halloween costumes is short, retailers will continue to rake in the big bucks each and every year.
Try making your own costume. Arts and crafts stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Joann’s have supplies to create one of a kind costumes at a fraction of the price. You could also try to modify old Halloween costumes by dying them a different color or adding more accessories. Makeup can also be a great way of creating a costume with little to no extra money being spent. There are tons of Youtube videos of people transforming themselves with popular makeup palettes. Here is a link to one that has a compilation of Halloween makeup tutorials.
Bottom line: Be Creative! This is the time of year for you to dress up the way you want to. It’s freeing and fun and a moment where you can experiment with your look!
The fall atmosphere and the nights getting longer and longer making it perfect for watching scary movies. It’s time to get in your spooky pajamas, break out the candy, nestle deep into the couch, and turn on the terror. Here is a list of horror films both classic and new that should be on your countdown to Halloween:
- Halloween (1978)
- Hocus Pocus
- The Conjuring
- Nightmare on Elm Street
- Friday the 13th
- The Craft
- The Haunted Mansion
- Halloween Town
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Addams Family
If you live in the Atlanta area, here are some activities that could be fun for you do do, or you can do something similar if you live in a different location. Remember, it’s about having fun and enjoying this spooky season.
- Go to a haunted house
- Go to a pumpkin patch
- Zombie Walk
Candy is the name of the game during October. Everyone is scrambling to get sugary goodies for Halloween and the mob of trick-or-treaters. However, there are more treats than just candy. Here is a list with links to fun holiday treats for the spooky fanatic:
- Candy Corn Ghost Cupcakes
- Monster Cupcakes
- Bat Cupcakes
- Halloween Cakepops
- Frankenstein Rice Krispy Treats
- Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats
Halloween is a special time of year full of spooks, tricks, treats, and fun. I wish everyone a Happy Halloween and to be safe during this holiday season! Remember to be creative, be kind, and be your spooky selves!
Leave a comment below on what ghoulish activities you are doing this season!