Just in case you were wondering how Halloween came to be….
This tradition goes back to the ancient festival of Samhain, when people would light fires and dress in costume to ward off ghosts. In the eight century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor saints. Soon the day was called All Saints Day and the evening before became known as All Hallow’s Eve and now known as Halloween. Celebrated with trick or treating, pumpkin carving and festive parties!
Halloween has evolved over the years from the types of candy that’s given out to costumes. I did a little research in the Halloween Costume department, here’s what I found out:
1950’s Most popular costumes were western types along with skeletons, devils and witches and mostly all handmade
1960’s Costumes purchased at Kmart and Sears became popular. Choosing a boxed costume that had a plastic mask with a plastic body costume. I had many of these!
1970’s All things Star Wars was a Big Hit
1980’s Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – More Costumes are store bought
1990’s Winnie the Pooh and Traditional Costumes making a come back
Fast forward to today, Party City, Spirit of Halloween and Amazon are saying Spiderman, Batman and Princesses are the most popular costumes for kids and Witches are the most popular for adults.
I grew up wearing those costumes that came in a box, let me tell you, I still remember the struggle of seeing, breathing and talking. I have always loved all things Halloween. From decorating, costume making, pumpkin carving, not really good at pumpkin seeds and I have always and still do love all of the candy!! Full Size Candy Bars – YES PLEASE!! Just in case you are wondering the #1 Halloween Candy for Illinois – Sour Patch Kids – hmmmm!
Overall, the past decades have seen a positive and exciting evolution in the ways we celebrate this beloved holiday tradition! I hope this day brings back happy memories and also a day to create new ones!
When Black Cats Prowl and Pumpkins Gleam
May Luck Be Yours on Halloween!