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It’s that time of year again…Halloween! Where are the best costumes?

Now I realize that not everyone gets as excited as I do about this holiday–some may even argue its NOT a holiday. However, I don’t care if anyone else is excited because I AM!  Just to throw in a little history so I can say it’s official, here is some of the background behind today’s celebration.

Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead.  Over the millennia the holiday transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults.

The fact that it is yet another celebration of the change of seasons and new beginning seems quite timely to me.  We recently celebrated the Jewish New Year with some of our family, part of which is a tradition of leaving behind the troubles of the year before and welcoming the new year. That celebration is almost identical to the pagan ritual I also celebrate every year for the Winter Solstice. But, even I don’t pretend that Halloween is somber–it’s just FUN!

Since my daughter has been old enough to color we decorate our entire dining room windows with Halloween pictures, cut outs, bats, ghosts etc.  I think every person we know has participated in our tradition at some point over the years, it makes us very happy to look forward to it. This year we have an even bigger window to fill so we are even more excited!

And now on to the costumes because how fun is it to dress up?!?!  I am all for homemade costumes, my daughter has sported homemade dresses and this year is going in a non-traditional costume as Victoria from the movie RED. But, there are times when you just don;t have the time and energy to come up with something original. For those times, and if you feel like going all out, I highly recommend Chasing Fireflies for kids and matching grown up outfits too. Here are just a few of my favorites–Lionfish are my favorite fish and I can’t believe I actually recognized it before I read the description!

Evil Jester

Evil Jester

Lionfish

Lionfish

Squiggly Piggy

Squiggly Piggy

 

 

If you are looking for more “adult” options that are not cheap but pretty intense, check out this Museum Repli

Spider Ponchocas site. The Pyramid Collection also has some fun options, some of which can double as regular wear if you don’t want to buy a single use costume. I wear thier Spider Poncho way more often that just Halloween and always get a ton of compliments–it takes a while to notice is actually a spider web.  And if you don’t want to order online, make sure you check out Marshall’s and TJ Maxx for the kids (much higher quality stuff ) and just for fun for grownups, stop by Beatnix on Halsted at Roscoe for the absolute best accessories!!

Have a wonderfully fun and safe Halloween!

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