Saturday, February 25, 2012

Halloween Costumes And Catwoman

By Beam Jim

Halloween is definitely a thrilling time of the year. Not only for little ones but for adults as well. After all, what person doesn't love getting dressed up as their favorite ghoul, goblin, super hero, or bad guy, and go out trick-or-treating or to a Halloween party. Halloween is an event celebrated worldwide and in nearly every country as there are seasonal and religious associations that are popular. It has been in existence for almost five centuries.

There is some speculation around the origin of Halloween(not the name) but the occasion. Some historians link it to the Roman feast of Pomona, who was the goddess of fruits and seeds. Others believe it commenced as Parentalia, the "festival of the dead". It is nonetheless, more often associated with the Celtic festival referred to as Samhain, a Gaelic event that celebrates the conclusion of summer time.

Of course the name "Halloween" is more widely linked with the Scottish version of "All-Hallows-Eve", or, the evening before All-Hallows-Day or All Saints day. It originated in 1556, and throughout the ages All-Hallows-Eve became Halloween. Halloween is October 31st, and is recognized around the world, however not all cultures observe on this date. Some countries celebrate on the 2nd Tuesday in December.

Halloween has a lot of symbolism and imagery that has developed over time and several civilizations and movements have contributed to it. Most notably are the Jack-o'-lantern, Dracula, ghosts, death, evil, and dark scary themes. Black and orange are Halloween's official colors. Halloween has spawned an entire industry of costume manufacturers and each year the latest craze of popular movies and characters adds to offerings. In addition there are several activities that have become traditions of Halloween. Trick-or-treating is among the most popular. Kids nationwide get dressed up and go house to house within their neighborhoods collecting candy and sweets. There are Halloween get-togethers, prank playing, games such as bobbing for apples, and attending haunted houses & graveyards.

Favorite foods at Halloween are candy or caramel apples, candy corn, popcorn, apple cider, and baked pumpkin seeds. Several other cultures have traditional foods they prepare such as Ireland's barmbrack that is a fruit bread.

Halloween marks the season of the harvest and the conclusion of summer. Fall or Autumn in the northern hemisphere is when the weather turns cool and cultures harvest their crops in preparation of winter. Many people assert it is their favorite season citing cooler weather, back to school, the start of the American Football season, and several other reasons. All in all it is a great time and remains an important part of the calendar year.

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