Trick or Treat!! We’ve combed through several pics to bring you some of the cutest Halloween costume ideas for October 31.
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Curious about the origins of Halloween costumes and trick or treating? Check out the latest from Wikipedia:
“In parts of Ireland, Scotland, Mann and Wales, the festival also included guising and mumming. This involved people going from house to house in costume (or in disguise) reciting songs in exchange for food. Guising at the festival goes back at least as far as the 18th century. It may have come from the Christian custom of souling (see below) or it may have a Celtic origin, with the costumes being a means of imitating, or disguising oneself from, the spirits/fairies. In some places, young people dressed as the opposite gender. In parts of Wales, men went about dressed as fearsome beings called gwrachod. In parts of southern Ireland, the guisers included a hobby horse – a man dressed as a Láir Bhán (white mare) would lead youths house-to-house collecting food; by giving them food, the household could expect good fortune from the ‘Muck Olla’. Elsewhere in Europe, mumming and hobby horses were a part of other festivals. However, they may have been “particularly appropriate to a night upon which supernatural beings were said to be abroad and could be imitated or warded off by human wanderers”. When “imitating malignant spirits it was a very short step from guising to playing pranks”. The guisers commonly played pranks in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands. Guising and playing pranks at Halloween spread to England in the 20th century.”