October 31st has a strong link to the most terrifying and bloodcurdling night of the year, particularly for English-speaking cultures. The truth is that for many others this date just precedes the Day of the Dead or All Saints Day, which is aimed at remembering and honoring those who are no longer with us. This is the case of Mexico and its well-known tradition of Día de Muertos whose calaveritas are close to overshadow the popularity of Halloween pumpkins.
Nevertheless, the most widespread celebration is certainly the Anglo-Saxon one. Though there is not enough evidence, Halloween is thought to have originated with the pagan Celtic festival of Samhain -“end of summer” in Gaelic – when people would celebrate the end of the harvest. This festivity marked the beginning of the cold winter and was often related to death as it was believed back then that during Samhain ghosts of the dead could cross over into the world of the living and mingle with them. There is a Celtic myth according to which humans would disguise themselves so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits and thus would not take their souls. This would be where the current costume tradition comes from.
As I said, it has not been proven that there exists a direct connection between Halloween and Samhain but it is thought that since the latter and All Saints Day are so close together on the calendar, both of them influenced each other over the centuries and led to what today is Halloween. Nowadays this festivity has turned into a party night where people are wearing costumes of characters of horror stories or movies in order to scare the hell out of anyone who crosses their path. Some of the most common costumes are as follows: witch, vampire, werewolf, zombie, walking skeleton, Frankenstein…. Sexy bunny, sexy devil, sexy cop, Elvis… (What the…?!)
Yes, it seems that Halloween costume tendencies have slightly changed in recent times. But wait, I haven’t mentioned the best Halloween costume ever yet: slutty pumpkin!
And this is what I pictured the first time I heard about it:
Well, times changes and so do traditions.
So what kind of costume are you wearing for Halloween? Scary or slutty?