Halloween Fancy Dress
The tradition of dressing up in Fancy Dress Costumes at Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago winter was an uncertain and frightening time, food supplies often ran low and for many people with the short days and long nights every day was full of constant worry.
On Halloween when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognised by these ghosts people would wear masks if leaving their homes after dark with the belief that the ghosts would mistake them for other spirits.
On Halloween people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.
Today’s Halloween ghosts are often depicted as being more fearsome and our customs and superstitions have become scarier also.
We avoid crossing paths with black cats, afraid that it would bring bad luck.
We try not to walk under ladders, we try not to walk on cracks in the road and also try not to spill salt, all for the same reason.
Of course whether you are trying to avoid bad luck or just unsure what to believe, each of these superstitions rely on the goodwill of these ghosts or spirits that have become associated with Halloween.