Why Do We Wear Costumes on Halloween?

Why Do We Wear Costumes on Halloween?

For modern Halloween revelers, dressing up is a fun and wacky way to celebrate the fall holiday. The roots of this practice are a little spookier though.

This from the History Channel:

“The tradition of dressing in costume for 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 the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.”

Don’t forget - the Wobbly Barn’s 49th Annual Halloween Party is tonight - doors open at 8:00 p.m.!

And remember: never, ever, look a ghost in the eye.

Happy Halloween!

Back to Insider

Share: