Ever think about where the tradition of Halloween costumes originates from?
As a little kid I remember dressing up in a plastic Superman outfit with a mask that made my face sweat that I couldn’t see out of. I went house to house trick or treating for candy, along with the droves of other kids in the neighborhood. Mom and dad made sure we were in before the sun went down and as a kid that was cool because it was time to eat candy anyway.
Through my life I never thought of the supernatural aspect of costume wearing on October 31st. As you know from reading my blog I speak to the dead so it came as a surprise to learn that the costumes were to scare away the ghosts.
Halloween was started by the Celtics, they celebrated Samhain and lit bonfires. The costumes would ward away the Earthbound Spirits.
Wow, just wow. The ancient practice of trying to be more frightening than ghosts has taken a turn. Today’s specters probably mock us as they haunt us freely on Halloween, being more mischievous than ever before. They have been putting the Trick in our Trick or Treat rituals.
I guess little Timmy isn’t afraid of the monsters under the bed because we told him they doesn’t exist. So he can wear a superhero costume this year and not worry about cohabiting with a spirit and can take his time sorting the pillowcase loot into chocolate and hard candy. Although maybe he and you should be worried. If the Spirits don’t feel frightened I’m sure they won’t mind staying a spell.
I myself like the Ghostbusters costume. It fits me. I’m not afraid of ghosts and confront them when the people who are afraid cannot do so themselves. I won’t pretend that I don’t get the heebyjeebees time to time but when I do, I know what to do. Do you?
This Halloween when you are choosing a costume, pick wisely. Being frightening may be more beneficial than being “cute” for a night. Especially the night of Samhain, Halloween.