^ Cleene, Marcel. Compendium of Symbolic and Ritual Plants in Europe. Man & Culture, 2002. p.108. Quote: "Soul cakes were small cakes baked as food for the deceased or offered for the salvation of their souls. They were therefore offered at funerals and feasts of the dead, laid on graves, or given to the poor as representatives of the dead. The baking of these soul cakes is a universal practice".
If you've always wanted to welcome a black cat into your home, don't bother going to the shelter on Halloween – or maybe even the entire month of October. Many refuse to adopt these cats in the lead-up to the holiday, as they're worried the animals will be used in some sort of sacrifice, reports The Huffington Post. But it really depends on where you go: the ASPCA, for example, provides a list of black cat adoption promotions that are actually tied to the holiday.
Homsar Slash Slash (real name: Saul Hudson) was the lead guitarist with hard rockers Guns N' Roses until forming his own band, Slash's Snakepit in 1996, and later joining the band Velvet Revolver. His appearance and guitar-playing skills are well known. He is famous for his trademark top hat, cigarette and long curly hair. Wikipedia article for Slash
Borrowing from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors.
Some characters tend to have costumes that follow a trend. For example, Coach Z often dresses up as a rap or hip-hop icon, The Cheat usually dresses up as a cartoon character, The Poopsmith typically dresses up as a science fiction character, The King of Town normally dresses up as a food mascot, and Marzipan occasionally dresses up as a (often male) musician. Other characters tend to dress up as something that suits their body type, though not necessarily their personality.

The practice may have originated in a Celtic festival, held on 31 October–1 November, to mark the beginning of winter. It was called Samhain in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, and Calan Gaeaf in Wales, Cornwall and Brittany. The festival is believed to have pre-Christian roots. After the Christianization of Ireland in the 5th century, some of these customs may have been retained in the Christian observance of All Hallows' Eve in that region—which continued to be called Samhain/Calan Gaeaf—blending the traditions of their ancestors with Christian ones.[2][3] It was seen as a liminal time, when the spirits or fairies (the Aos Sí), and the souls of the dead, could more easily come into our world.[4] It was believed that the Aos Sí needed to be propitiated to ensure that the people and their livestock survived the winter.
Goofy, silly, wacky – whichever word you use to describe yourself, one thing is for certain: You love to make people laugh. Halloween Costumes is calling all class clowns, kids at heart and every other dirty little fun-haver to get the party started! In fact, full disclosure; there isn't a hostess with the most-est alive that doesn't secretly hope someone will arrive in a show-stopping, jaw-dropping, knee-slapping humorous costume to break up the sea of superheroes. (So. Much. Spandex.) The following is a roundup of our funny favorites to get your creative juices flowing. But if we know you, and we're pretty sure we do, you already have a shtick that gets 'em every time. You can just think of us as your wingman when you want to take the joke to another level.
She's got braids, and she knows how to use them! Odd Helga could be a Valhalla Viking, Swiss milkmaid, medieval bar wench (bring that unforgettable scene in Shrek to life!), or an Alpine farmer's daughter – the possibilities are endless! Bonus points if you also happen to have a way with goats and love cheese. (And really, who doesn't?) Because no matter the corseted character you choose to embody, this ensemble is guaranteed to give your adoring fans something to yodel about.
Tell me your biggest fantasy, you said. It'll be fun, you said. Can we cut to the chase? This one's on you Ms. "Let's Work On Our Relationship." Why wouldn't you be his first round draft pick no matter which game you two are playing (even if it's not football)? Pushing the topic further has you dressed up like a ball that is affectionately known as, "the ol' pig skin" and petrificus totalus on the wand wielding arm of Dumbledore's scruffier Hogwarts wizard classmate. You're into the beard? Oh, we see what you did here.
For those who live to serve and protect, we salute you. When you’re out on the streets, you have to be able to move like a cheetah … a law enforcement cheetah. These short shorts leave you unrestricted, but only Reno 911's bravest and boldest (AKA Officer Dangle) could rock this look. We all understand that police work is very serious business, but you sir, are a master of comedy if you can keep a straight face in this cop's barely-there bottoms all night.

Hindus remember the dead during the festival of Pitru Paksha, during which Hindus pay homage to and perform a ceremony "to keep the souls of their ancestors at rest". It is celebrated in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, usually in mid-September.[238] The celebration of the Hindu festival Diwali sometimes conflicts with the date of Halloween; but some Hindus choose to participate in the popular customs of Halloween.[239] Other Hindus, such as Soumya Dasgupta, have opposed the celebration on the grounds that Western holidays like Halloween have "begun to adversely affect our indigenous festivals".[240]


^ Hörandner, Editha (2005). Halloween in der Steiermark und anderswo. LIT Verlag Münster. p. 99. ISBN 9783825888893. On the other hand the postmodern phenomenon of "antifashion" is also to be found in some Halloween costumes. Black and orange are a 'must' with many costumes. Halloween - like the medieval danse macabre - is closely connected with superstitions and it might be a way of dealing with death in a playful way.
Other Protestant Christians also celebrate All Hallows' Eve as Reformation Day, a day to remember the Protestant Reformation, alongside All Hallow's Eve or independently from it.[215][216] This is because Martin Luther is said to have nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to All Saints' Church in Wittenberg on All Hallows' Eve.[217] Often, "Harvest Festivals" or "Reformation Festivals" are held on All Hallows' Eve, in which children dress up as Bible characters or Reformers.[218] In addition to distributing candy to children who are trick-or-treating on Hallowe'en, many Christians also provide gospel tracts to them. One organization, the American Tract Society, stated that around 3 million gospel tracts are ordered from them alone for Hallowe'en celebrations.[219] Others order Halloween-themed Scripture Candy to pass out to children on this day.[220][221]
Who is a witch? Somebody with alleged magic powers. Witches represent the supernatural. In the ancient times, witches were to handle anything to do with unseen energies. Their skills, perspectives and expertise were sought during this festival for help in understanding and interpreting messages from the non-physical side of life in addition to forecasts for the coming seasons.

Your sweetness is their weakness this Halloween! Who can resist those caramel coconut concoctions, especially when served up by a leggy looker! If we're being honest, we know that the scouts must add an addictive chemical to the batter ... but when it gets down to it, there really isn't another fundraiser that's met with more fan appreciation. Simply slip into this *ahem* uniform, sell your treats ("for the right price" = buy the lady a drink!) and earn your party hardy badge (which, if it isn't a thing, it totally should be)!
A costume technician is a term used for a person that constructs and/or alters the costumes.[7] The costume technician is responsible for taking the two dimensional sketch and translating it to create a garment that resembles the designer's rendering. It is important for a technician to keep the ideas of the designer in mind when building the garment.[8]
Big Toons Homestarloween Party (costumes), The House That Gave Sucky Treats (costumes), Pumpkin Carve-nival (costumes), 3 Times Halloween Funjob (costumes), Halloween Fairstival (costumes), Halloween Potion-ma-jig (costumes), Happy Hallow-day (costumes), Jibblies 2 (costumes), Most in the Graveyard (costumes), Doomy Tales of the Macabre (costumes), Which Ween Costumes? (costumes), I Killed Pom Pom (costumes), The House That Gave Sucky Tricks (costumes), Later That Night... (costumes), Haunted Photo Booth (costumes), Mr. Poofers Must Die (costumes)
The practice may have originated in a Celtic festival, held on 31 October–1 November, to mark the beginning of winter. It was called Samhain in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, and Calan Gaeaf in Wales, Cornwall and Brittany. The festival is believed to have pre-Christian roots. After the Christianization of Ireland in the 5th century, some of these customs may have been retained in the Christian observance of All Hallows' Eve in that region—which continued to be called Samhain/Calan Gaeaf—blending the traditions of their ancestors with Christian ones.[2][3] It was seen as a liminal time, when the spirits or fairies (the Aos Sí), and the souls of the dead, could more easily come into our world.[4] It was believed that the Aos Sí needed to be propitiated to ensure that the people and their livestock survived the winter.
^ Bannatyne, Lesley (31 August 1998). Halloween. Pelican Publishing Company. p. 19. ISBN 978-1455605538. Villagers were also encouraged to masquerade on this day, not to frighten unwelcome spirits, but to honor Christian saints. Poor churches could not afford genuine relics and instead had processions in which parishioners dressed as saints, angels and devils. It served the new church by giving an acceptable Christian basis to the custom of dressing up on Halloween.
"Costume" often refers to a particular style of clothing worn to portray the wearer as a character or type of character at a social event in a theatrical performance on the stage or in film or television. In combination with other aspects of stagecraft, theatrical costumes can help actors portray characters' and their contexts as well as communicate information about the historical period/era, geographic location and time of day, season or weather of the theatrical performance. Some stylized theatrical costumes, such as Harlequin and Pantaloon in the Commedia dell'arte, exaggerate an aspect of a character.
What’s your favorite Halloween activity? Do you and your friends love leaning against the wall and quietly bothering the people that pass you by? If so, pair up with a friend and become Jay and Silent Bob from classic Kevin Smith movies. You don’t even have to argue over who gets to be who. If you always have something to say, you’re Jay. If you silently judge until you’re going to lay down some wisdom, then you’re a natural Silent Bob. Go ahead and take some pictures outside your local gas station.
It’s not a secret that Candy corn is one of America’s all-time favorite Halloween candies.  About 20 million pounds of Candy corn will be sold this Halloween!  How completely corny! Candy corn is actually a pretty simple concoction made of sugar, corn syrup and water.  The crafty people at the Goelitz company add a special ingredient with marshmallow in it that gives their candy corn a truly “gourmet” taste.  The best candy corn is super sweet tasting and has an almost vanilla flavor to it.  It should be soft when you bite it (if it’s not…uh, you might not want to eat it.) It’s fun to know the facts about what you are eating and this year when you are gobbling up all that delicious candy corn—you’ll know exactly why you love it! 
^ Jump up to: a b "Service for All Hallows' Eve". The Book of Occasional Services 2003. Church Publishing, Inc. 2004. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-89869-409-3. This service may be used on the evening of October 31, known as All Hallows' Eve. Suitable festivities and entertainments may take place before or after this service, and a visit may be made to a cemetery or burial place.
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