It’s 2018 and we are getting as far a way from Halloween than ever- rappers, singers, actors and celebrities like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and Kim Kardashian have become the favorite Halloween inspirations. Long gone are the days of trick or treat, witches and ghosts as Halloween is quickly changing from a festival to celebrate the day of the Saints and make bonfires to a costume fashion parade.
There are things to be liked and things to be avoided in current era Halloween, however… while it might be appealing and fun to dress up like Rihanna´s latest Vogue cover it also defeats the purpose and creativity that can originate from wearing Halloween costumes.
Carnival would be the perfect occasion to dress up as anything- but even during Carnival, the beauty of celebrating this century long festival is to dress up in ball gowns and masquerades.
As Halloween is suffering millennial and globalization crisis, we go back to the roots and remind you of the true authentic Halloween traditions.
Halloween celebrations originally started from Celtic pagan traditions of celebrating Saint’s Day (still widely celebrated in Catholic communities on November 1st) by creating bon fires in the forrest and summoning spirits.
These pagan activities were quickly condemned by the church since they were seen as un-religious and demonic in the sense as the religious community believed that witches created magic, spoke to dead spirits and summoned demons during Halloween.
As with everything else in United States, the Americans quickly turned Halloween as a commercial festival where pumpkins can be carved, games can be played and both children and adults could dress up as witches, ghosts and scary personas and do trick or treat, and do all sorts of crafty and fun activities together with family and friends.
Since the 20th century the “orange” and “black” colors were created and used as the most well known Halloween colors. Apart from pumpkins, apples were a widely used fruit for rituals during Halloween. While trick or treat started in the early 30s, Halloween themed dinner parties were held as early as 1910 and 1920s.
It was only in the late 90s and early 2000s that Halloween became an international phenomenon that expanded from the US, to English speaking countries like the UK, Australia and Canada, and it is now celebrated widely in most of the international cities. But as with all things that undergo globalization, the sense of the community and the purpose of the festival is lost. Of course we see people carving pumpkins for Halloween and dressing up as zombie brides and witches, but we also see many of us using Hallowing as an opportunity to dress up as celebrities and random characters from popular culture- contributing to the loss of Halloween’s true identity.
Sometimes the best sources of inspirations are found in the past and this is where vintage clothes comes in. Renting old costumes from movie sets, or investigating Halloween costumes from the 90s, 80s, 70s can bring great inspiration and contrast to today’s cliche costumes…. A Bram Stoker Dracula film from the 90s or a Frankestein film from 40s, watching these films bring endless richness to the costumes we imagine to wear during Halloween.
So we are all against the commercial traps of Halloween…. vintage brings originality and creativity while keeping the true origins and traditions of Halloween… we are all about witches, ghosts, demons, Drakulas and Frankenstein with a twist. And the best part is that you can shop the best vintage right here. Let the Halloween legacy continue as long as we can keep it alive.