Traditional Halloween costumes follow supernatural character models like monsters, demons, skeletons, witches, … Over time, the choice of outfits expands and includes popular characters from novels, celebrities, and general archetypes such as ninjas and princesses. The disguise became popular in Scotland in the late 19th century, in America in the early 20th century. Halloween costumes appear first in stores in the 1930s when the art of makeup became popular in the United States.

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the other worlds became fragile on the occasion of Samhain, allowing souls (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. Souls of the family, ancestors are honored and invited into the house, and bad spirits are stopped. It is believed that the need to avoid evil spirits leads to dressing and masking. Their purpose is to disguise themselves as an evil spirit and thus avoid harm. In Scotland, spirits are often shown as young men wearing white masks, masking or darkening their faces. Samhain was also a time to stockpile food and cattle slaughter for winter shops. Festive fire plays a big part in festivals. All other fires were extinguished and each house lit their fireplace from the campfire. Cattle slaughtered were thrown into the assembly fire. Sometimes two fires would be grouped close together, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual. Usually, on Halloween, bat costumes often appear the most and there are many other characters that people choose to dress up.

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