It is widely believed that the culture of Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain –when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
According to Wikipedia, All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve popularly known as Halloween is a celebration observed yearly in several countries on the 31st of October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of All hallow tide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
However, in America Halloween has really taken off.
Irish immigrants to the United States raised the popularity of Halloween in the 19th century. During the 20th century it became more popular with traditions like pumpkin carving and trick or treating becoming a huge part of TV shows, books and movies.
In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve (attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead) remain popular although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain vegetarian foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.
Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, in the United States, the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses.
According to a 2018 report from the National Retail Federation, 30 million Americans will spend an estimated $480 million on Halloween costumes for their pets in 2018. This is up from an estimated $200 million in 2010. The most popular costumes for pets are the pumpkin, followed by the hot dog, and the bumble bee in third place.
Currently trending Halloween costumes in 2018
- Eric Remirez from Cartogo, Colombia slices off his nose and ears in order to look like an actual skull. Reports have it that he has said he is removing his genitals next.2. Kemi Olunloyo causes a stir on social media when she came out with her costume which she calls “pregnant” Linda Ikeji by wearing 3 moon bump sizes to deceive her #SBNI fans.
3. Kim and Kanye West’s 2-year-old son, Saint West, and Kourtney’s 3-year-old son, Reign Disick, Halloween costumes were an imitation to Kanye’s song “I Love It” with Lil Pump. They were of course, wearing Yeezy slides and sneakers
4. Rihanna’s Halloween outfit gave her the perfect sultry look as the 30-year-old singer’s pink skull face provided just the right amount of pop to go with her all-black leather ensemble.
5. Ciara’s family came through with one of the best Black Panther-inspired getup’s when she dressed as the heroine Nakia, projecting Wakanda for life.
6. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend chose the most regal Halloween couple costume with Chrissy dressed as Queen Elizabeth and John as Prince Philip.