^ Jackson, Jeanne L. (1 January 1995). Red Letter Days: The Christian Year in Story for Primary Assembly. Nelson Thornes. p. 158. ISBN 9780748719341. Later, it became the custom for poorer Christians to offer prayers for the dead, in return for money or food (soul cakes) from their wealthier neighbours. People would go 'souling' - rather like carol singing - requesting alms or soul cakes: 'A soul, a soul, a soul cake, Please to give us a soul cake, One for Peter, two for Paul, have mercy on us Christians all.'

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Science is making a comeback! Cool new discoveries came about in 2019, like the first image of a black hole that scientists have been able to obtain. They were also able to detect earthquakes on Mars! (No sign of aliens yet, but we're crossing our fingers.) All of this exciting space news has rekindled the interest in space exploration…which has also sparked new interest in Astronaut costumes! Children have always been enamored by the idea of space travel, so it's not really a surprise that some of our kids’ astronaut costumes are picking up a lot of steam this year. We recommend our exclusive costumes made by our in-house designers. They're a cut above the rest and give a realistic look for any aspiring young space adventurer. We know that adults dream of space exploration too, which is why our adult astronaut costumes are great for anyone who had a dream of piloting a rocket ship in their youth!
From at least the 16th century,[5] the festival included mumming and guising,[6] which involved people going house-to-house in costume (or in disguise), usually reciting verses or songs in exchange for food.[6] It may have originally been a tradition whereby people impersonated the Aos Sí, or the souls of the dead, and received offerings on their behalf. Impersonating these beings, or wearing a disguise, was also believed to protect oneself from them.[7] It is suggested that the mummers and guisers "personify the old spirits of the winter, who demanded reward in exchange for good fortune".[8] F. Marian McNeill suggests the ancient pagan festival included people wearing masks or costumes to represent the spirits, and that faces were marked (or blackened) with ashes taken from the sacred bonfire.[5] In parts of southern Ireland, a man dressed as a Láir Bhán (white mare) led youths house-to-house reciting verses—some of which had pagan overtones—in exchange for food. If the household donated food it could expect good fortune from the 'Muck Olla'; not doing so would bring misfortune.[9] In 19th century Scotland, youths went house-to-house with masked, painted or blackened faces, often threatening to do mischief if they were not welcomed.[6] In parts of Wales, men went about dressed as fearsome beings called gwrachod,[6] while in some places, young people cross-dressed.[6] Elsewhere in Europe, mumming and costumes were part of other yearly festivals. However, in the Celtic-speaking regions they were "particularly appropriate to a night upon which supernatural beings were said to be abroad and could be imitated or warded off by human wanderers".[6] It has also been suggested that the wearing of Halloween costumes developed from the custom of souling, which was practised by Christians in parts of Western Europe from at least the 15th century.[10][11] At Allhallowtide, groups of poor people would go door-to-door, collecting soul cakes – either as representatives of the dead,[12] or in return for saying prayers for them.[13] One 19th century English writer said it "used to consist of parties of children, dressed up in fantastic costume, who went round to the farm houses and cottages, signing a song, and begging for cakes (spoken of as "Soal-cakes"), apples, money, or anything that the goodwives would give them".[14] The soulers typically asked for "mercy on all Christian souls for a soul cake".[15] The practice was mentioned by Shakespeare his play The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593).[16][17] Christian minister Prince Sorie Conteh wrote on the wearing of costumes: "It was traditionally believed that the souls of the departed wandered the earth until All Saints' Day, and All Hallows' Eve provided one last chance for the dead to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving to the next world. In order to avoid being recognised by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities".[18] In the Middle Ages, statues and relics of martyred saints were paraded through the streets at Allhallowtide. Some churches who could not afford these things had people dress as saints instead.[19][20] Some believers continue the practice of dressing as saints, biblical figures, and reformers in Halloween celebrations today.[21] Many Christians in continental Europe, especially in France, believed that on Halloween "the dead of the churchyards rose for one wild, hideous carnival," known as the danse macabre, which has often been depicted in church decoration.[22] An article published by Christianity Today claimed the danse macabre was enacted at village pageants and at court masques, with people "dressing up as corpses from various strata of society", and suggested this was the origin of Halloween costume parties.[23][24]
Animal costumes are popular every year. This year is shaping up to be the year of the sloth. It used to be a peculiar insult to be called a sloth, but these days people are taking a note from the lackadaisical creature's book and kicking back! People love sloths now because they can relate to their passion for taking it easy and adorable images of the critter have been popping up all over social media. If you're into relaxing like a boss, then choosing a sloth costume may be your best option this year. We also have to give it up for llamas. There’s been a pretty steady increase in llama love spreading across the internet over the last few months, so we're expecting llama costumes to see a significant uptick this year. Yes, you read that right! Llama costumes will be on the rise, so make sure to get in on the ground floor on this fluffy costume trend.

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Turn your favorite Instagram filter into an easy costume you and your significant other can both use. To make it, pull up Instagram stories on your phone and select the "Heart Eyes" filter. Then, point the phone at a blank surface and take a screenshot. Send the screenshot file to a printing or office supplies store to have it blown up and printed on a thick board. Then, cut out a part in the middle for your face.

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Looking for Costume Ideas? If you're having a difficult time deciding what you want to be for Halloween - or anytime of year - check out our HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS section where we have assembled more than 300 costume ideas segmented into 15 different categories to help with your search. Of course you'll also find the latest costumes from your favorite movies. If you're interested in making your own DIY Halloween costume, we can help there too! Our collection of over 60 DIY How-To-Videos are a wealth of knowledge to help you make the most of your Halloween costume this year.
Another set of Halloween costumes were released with the Scream Fortress 2014. Players who opened the game during the update were given a Halloween Gift Cauldron. Upon opening the Halloween Gift Cauldron, players received a chance of obtaining a Strange Haunted Halloween cosmetic piece. A second Halloween Gift Cauldron was awarded to players who completed the Carnival Of Carnage: Bumper To Bumper To Bumper achievement.
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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.

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