Halloween History and a Costume Review

27 Oct

Halloween is quickly approaching.  There are many stories and legends about Halloween.  Halloween History is very fascinating to read about.   Do you know how it got the name Halloween?   Do you know when we first started celebrating it?  Do you carve a pumpkin?   How about when trick or treating started?  Many of the things you do to celebrate Halloween came from ancient celebrations.

In 601 A.D. by Pope Gregory(1st), wanted his missionaries to use the customs of pagans/natives in hopes to convert them Christianity.  Holy Days of the church were often celebrated around the same time of pagan/native holidays.  All Saints Day was moved to November 1st in 835 A.D, most likely to coincide with Samhain.

Halloween originated from Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival.  Allhallowmas was a mass said on that day, also known as “the mass of all the holy ones”.   The evening before All Saints Day was referred to All Hallow e’en or the evening of the holy ones.  Halloween is a Christian name derived from All Saints Day.

Before pumpkins were even popular to carve, potatoes, beets and turnips were what the people of Europe carved.  They were first used as lanterns to ward off evil spirits. Once the tradition hit the United States,  pumpkins became very popular because they were widely available then other vegetables. They were also much bigger and easier to carve.

Trick or Treating didn’t become popular till sometime after 1930.  This developed in modern time in America.  It has become wide spread across the word.
Halloween is also one of the top grossing holidays in the U.S due to the costume and candy sales.  The only other holiday that beats out Halloween is Christmas.

I love to celebrate Halloween.  We don’t do anything extravagant but, I do like to dress up and pass out candy.  If you remember my review  from last year.  I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the same company again.  This year I reviewed a Mermaid costume.

I just have to say that it is fabulous.  I was at first a little worried at how it was going to fit with out having tried it on but it fits great.  I love the color and the beautiful sequins.  It even comes with straps if you feel more comfortable then going strapless.   It is a great quality costume and I highly recommend you check out all the wonderful mermaid Halloween costumes they have to offer.  You won’t be disappointed.

p.s  It is not to late to order 🙂

Disclosure:  I received product for the purposed of this review.   All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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One Response to “Halloween History and a Costume Review”

  1. daytodaymoments October 28, 2011 at 12:55 am #

    Great review!
    Didn’t know all about the history… 🙂

    I want to be a mermaid..that’s a great costume.

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