About Us : Halloween Costumes
HalloweenCostumeSale.com is an online retail store for all kinds of fancy costumes and Halloween costumes. The store was setup to make your shopping of Halloween Costumes easier, faster and cheaper.
Our mission at HalloweenCostumeSale is to provide you the largest range of Fancy Costumes and Halloween costumes sourced from the best quality manufacturers and traders across the world. We carry costumes for everyone - from toddlers, infants, kids, boys, girls, teens to adult Men and Women and even Plus Sizes. We also carry a large range of Halloween Costume Accessories.
The secret behind our rapid growth and success is our endeavor for detailing. We only work with the most reputed manufacturers, pickup the best of their costumes and accessories, price them so that it is amongst the most competitive and you as a buyer get real value for money. Our customer support team ensures that help is available at every stage, right from helping you in selecting of items and placing of orders to the time the order reaches you. We are there always with you.
Halloween Costumes and Fancy Costumes for all Occasions
HalloweenCostumeSale.com has a very large collection of costumes for all occasions. So whether you need a costume for Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Mardi Gras, Easter, Dance Class, Drama, Theater Performance, School Plays, special theme party, a birthday party or just a friendly get-together, you will find the exact costume you need here with a low price guarantee.
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History of Halloween
(source www.history.com/minisites/halloween) Each year, on the last night of October, millions of children across the U.S dress-up in costume and take to the streets for a spooky dose of Trick or Treat fun.
Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).
The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.
During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.
By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.
The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.
By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were called Hallowmas.