Halloween costumes originally meant to scare away ghosts
The last day of October brings back memories that will never be forgotten.
On OFW. 31, 1892, ArWhur CRnan DRyOH firsW SubOLshHG “7hH AGYHnWurHs RI 6hHrORFN HROmHs.”
On OFW. 31, 1941, FRnsWruFWLRn HnGHG Ln 6RuWh DaNRWa aIWHr 14 yHars Ln whLFh 400 wRrNHrs had carved 60-foot tall granite likenesses of four presidents on Mount Rushmore: George WashLngWRn, 7hRmas -HIIHrsRn, 7hHRGRrH 5RRsHYHOW anG Abraham Lincoln.
BuW mRrH LmSRrWanW Whan aOO that is the observance of HallowHHn HYHry OFW. 31.
On Halloween, if you want to send the kids out before it gets dark, do so by sunset which ocFurs aW 5:59 S.m. Ln Rur arHa whHn night creeps over the neighbor- hRRGs. .HHS Ln mLnG WhaW WhH OasW day of October is one second shorter than the day before.
,W Ls GLIfiFuOW WR SrHGLFW whHWher it will be cold for “WrLFN-Rr-WrHaWLng.” ,I we look back over reFHnW yHars, Ln 2011 WhH temperature dropped to 35 GHgrHHs, Ln 2010 LW reached a minimum of 39 GHgrHHs anG Ln 2009 a balmy low of 51 degrHHs. ParHnWs wLOO haYH to decide whether their trick-or-treaters should wear a heavy sweater under the costume.
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Halloween was brought AmHrLFa by ,rLsh LmmLgranWs Ln WhH 1840s, buW LW RrLgLnaWHG sHYeral thousand years ago with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This was a holiday when the world that we are familiar with and the supernatural world seemed to interact with each other.
On Halloween, the souls of the dead return to their homes hoping WR finG bRGLHs WR SRssess. It was thought that haYLng OargH bRnfirHs would keep the spirits away.
The Celts lived in IreOanG, WhH UnLWHG .LngGRm, FranFH, PROanG, CHnWraO EurRSH anG nRrWhHrn ,WaOy. 7hHLr SrLHsWs wHrH WhH DruLGs anG, aW that time, the Celts would wear
to FRsWumHs anG buLOG hugH bRnfirHs maNLng saFrLfiFHs WR WhH CHOWLF gods.
Halloween is an unusual holiday because it honors the dead. The purpose of the costumes was WR sFarH ghRsWs away. AFFRrGLng to the Celts, on the night of Oct. 31, WhH ghRsWs RI WhH GHaG rHWurn WR EarWh. 7hLs Ls WhH OasW WLmH WhH dead can get some revenge before they move on to the next world. AOO WhLs was WaNLng SOaFH Rn WhH evening before the Western ChrisWLan IHasW RI AOO HaOORws.
Having such an unusual holiday when the dead return makes us wonder how many dead people have been buried on our SOanHW. EsWLmaWHs rHSRrWHG by WhH PRSuOaWLRn 5HIHrHnFH BurHau LnGLFaWH WhaW 108 bLOOLRn SHRSOH have lived and died on our planet sLnFH WhH firsW humans wHrH hHrH.
AW SrHsHnW, 107 SHRSOH GLH HYHry mLnuWH, 153,000 GLH HaFh day and 56 million die a year. Surprisingly, 6.5 percent of all people who have been born are alive today.
It must be emphasized that wars are responsible for huge numbers of deaths. World War I rHsuOWHG Ln 37 mLOOLRn GHaWhs Lncluding both military and civilian, while World War II had a WRWaO RI 62 mLOOLRn WR 78 mLOOLRn deaths, including military and civilian.
Halloween marked the time when it was an end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. AFWuaOOy, LW musW haYH bHHn YHry FrRwGHG hHrH Rn EarWh wLWh aOO those spirits of the dead returning. One may be left to wonder LI WhHy sharHG Ln WhH SrRfiWs IrRm the sale of Halloween costumes.