Halloween Costumes

Halloween is a modern-day holiday originating from the Celtic heathenish holiday of Samhain (in Christian times, the eve of All Saints Day). Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an effort to imitate evil spirits or appease them.

Costuming became fashionable for Halloween parties in the US in the early 1900s, as much for grownups as for youngsters. The first mass-produced Halloween costumes appeared in stores in the 1930s when trick-or-treating was getting fashionable in the United States.

What positions Halloween costumes apart from costumes for other festivities or days of “gussying up” is that they are often designed to copy supernatural and frightening beings. Costumes are traditionally those of monstrosities such as vampires, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils, or in more recent years such science fiction-inspired characters as extraterrestrials and superheroes. There are also costumes of pop culture figures like presidents, jocks, famous people, or movie, TV and cartoon personae. Other fashionable trends are for adult females (and in some cases, men) to use Halloween as an excuse to don sexy or suggestive costumes, showing off more skin than would be socially acceptable otherwise.

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

The most popular Halloween costumes for both kids and adults in 2009 were:

Michael Jackson

Kate and Jon Gosselin

Sarah Palin

Bernie Madoff

Edward Cullen (from the Twilight book and film series)

Sick Pigs (from the H1N1 swine flu pandemic)

G.I. Joe Transformers (from the Transformers film series)

Barack Obama

Michelle Obama

High School Musical 3 characters

Star Wars and Star Trek characters

Hannah Montana

Vampire characters

What will be the most popular for 2013??