Halloween is potentially the oldest holiday that’s still celebrated. It’s existed, in some form or another, for at least 2000 years, and probably much longer.
It began its long existence as Samhain (Sa-wen), a Celtic festival that celebrated the harvest, and was also seen as the beginning of the new year for the Celts. Samhain was a time when the world of the living and the dead collided, allowing spirits to visit the earth. Celts often dressed up in costumes so the spirits wouldn’t recognize them.
These days, finding the best costumes is just part of the fun. We’ll talk about how to find a good costume in this article.
Consider the Classics
Some things are cliche for a reason, and this is definitely true for Halloween costumes. Regardless of what the trends are in any given year or which generation is attending Halloween parties, a few costumes are bound to show up.
Vampires are common, as are werewolves, zombies, evil clowns, and the antagonist of any classic slasher film. We’ve spent generations developing the traditions that scare us, and are constantly re-imagining them. The response has been a nearly endless inspiration for costume parties.
In addition to monsters and nightmares, we also like to explore pop culture and current events on Halloween, often bringing out our comedic side in the process. This is very useful if you’re looking for something less frightening to wear to a costume party.
Last year’s costumes were a great example of this. Four of the top ten costumes were pop culture references, and most of them had appeared in recent movies, shows, or other media.
Make a Joke
Sometimes, a subtle joke can make for the best costume. You could, for instance, create a pun by dressing up like a dog and having two others dress up like a fire, and a house, respectively. You could also do a classic rock reference by dressing as a prisoner with a guitar (Jailhouse Rock).
You could also go for more nuanced jokes, like going as a time traveler. Simply walk in at the beginning of the party and announce “It worked!” Later, when you leave the party, tell people that you’re going to try something.
You don’t have to wait for Halloween to throw a costume party. Costume birthday party is a unique way to celebrate your special day, and in a way that is a far cry from your typical party.
You can even create a theme for the party if you want. Since it’s your birthday, you can have a little extra say in what happens, so long as you don’t go overboard.
The Best Costumes and How to Find Them
Finding the best costumes for Halloween can feel like a huge struggle, especially since things tend to get busier the last few months of the year. The good news is that good costumes aren’t hard to find if you know where to look.
We’ve discussed some of the best places to look for Halloween costumes in this article, but the possibilities are only as limited as your imagination, so feel free to create your own ideas if you want.
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