Dressing for Halloween

 

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Halloween is here!  Well, okay, not quite yet but it is on its way and, by now, most of us……well, okay, me…. are thinking about our Halloween costumes 😀

A few times a year I get to dress up.  When I was a little girl I dressed up most nights after school.   I was lucky enough to live with my Grandparents and they were from a time where balls were regular occurrences.  My grandmother and her sisters had the most beautiful dresses fro those days and I was allowed, if very careful, to potter around in my plastic high heels with elastic band over the toes to keep them on (do you remember those?) holding up reams and reams of lace.  The amount of times I went bum first as my little ankles gave out…..well a penny a time would have made me a very rich young thing.
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Life was so simple then and a girl could be anything she wanted to be…. Princess, Queen, Countess……  and then we grow up.  Life overtakes us with its many, many demands but a few times a year we get to dress up just like when a child 🙂

Halloween is slightly special in that you can dress up and be naughty about it…..ok some of us do that anyway but that is not for this post

Halloween costumes have changed over the years.  I am not sure what they were years before but, after the time of Hollywood they have often been characters from stories and the movies, even pulling their wearers and companies into scandalous stories, such as the latest furore over a Caitlyn Jenner get-up inspired by the star’s infamous Vanity Fair cover created by Spirit Halloween

“I’m in on the joke. I don’t think it’s offensive at all,” Jenner revealed during her two-part interview with Today‘s Matt Lauer.  “I know the community does and they’ve gotten a lot of criticism for doing it. I think it’s great. You’ve got to enjoy life. Life’s too short. I can’t get too upset about that type of stuff.”.

Kids get GREAT costumes, don’t you think?  Little clowns, Pink witches.  They look so cute, holding hands for bravery as they tiptoe up to front doors for their sweets.  I don’t think me, in a pink tutu, would have the same appeal.  However, I probably would be the most frightening thing you see this Halloween!

Halloween is nearly here!  I’m looking at something simple…. in black…..  you?

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Halloween or Samhain
Halloween, or Samhain as it was originally, is a festival still celebrated by thousands of people around the world, albeit in differing ways.

Samhain (pronounced S-ow-enn /ˈsɑːwɪn/, /ˈsaʊ.ɪn/, or /ˈsaʊn/ in English; — from Irish Samhain [ˈsˠaunʲ], cf. Scottish Gaelic Samhuinn [ˈsavɯɲ], Manx Gaelic Sauin and Old Irish Samain [ˈsaṽɨnʲ] — “summer’s end”, from sam meaning “summer” and fuin meaning “end”) is a festival held on October 31–November 1 in Gaelic cultures. A harvest festival with ancient roots in Celtic paganism it continued to be celebrated in late medieval times.

Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half”. Many scholars believe that it was the beginning of the Celtic year. It has some elements of a festival of the dead. Hence Halloween, ghosts, ghouls and all things from the darker side.

The Gaelic festival became associated with the Christian All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, and has influenced the secular customs now connected with Halloween. It continues to be celebrated as a religious festival by some Neopagans.

Samhain and an t-Samhuinn are also the Irish and Scottish Gaelic names of November, respectively.

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    Doesn’t quite have the same buzz when you in the countryside with few neighbours … I would be worried if someone in costume came down our drive!