Scary costumes not sweet ones for Halloween

Scary costumes not sweet and cute ones – this is Halloween to me. I make a big distinction between a Halloween party and a Masquerade Ball.

Relatively new introduced, in the 15th century, the Masquerade balls were a feature of the french Carnival season. Wearing a costume for public festivities started in Italy, particularly in Venice where the upper classes worn elaborated gowns with masks and participated in elaborated dance evenings. The masks were picturing kings and queens, members of the royal court, priests and buffoons and opulence was the main theme.

Halloween is a combined holiday, that started with the Samhain Festivities held by Celts over 2000 years ago. They believed the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred on that night and the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. After they were conquered by the Roman empire the holiday mixed up with Feralia -that commemorated the passing of the dead. With the growing of Christianity The All Saints Day celebration became mandatory over the Roman empire territory. Celebrated on the 1st of November it was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

The tradition of dressing in a costume for Halloween has European and Celtic roots. Being afraid of the dark and believing that spirits are among them on that special night people would wear masks if they left home so the ghosts would not see them as humans and mistakes them for spirits. To keep the house safe, people would place food outside the door to please the malefic souls.

See also Jack O’Lantern Tradition 

Due to the history of the holiday I’ve tried to wear a scary costume every year and I was used to see extremely scary costumes and makeups everywhere. Therefore I can not understand why people these days and in this area are choosing cute outfits for Halloween celebration.

See also My Outfit: Lady Jack Skellington

It’s hard for me to comprehend how they can confuse Halloween with a Masquerade Ball. I’m not expecting to see only scary spirits and ghosts, dark witches and demons but Snow-White, Cinderella and other all cute and lovely characters don’t belong in this picture. OK your dream is to be Cinderella or Aurora or Ariel and you don’t have a Masquerade Ball, it’s not a problem to wear that costume on Halloween day but make a scar, a rotten skin, a missing eye, even some blood drops on your face. Dress yourself as the tradition requires, in something that you can pass as a spirit, a walking dead, a specter etc. There are infinite options so Halloween outfits are supposed to be scary not cute.

This year costume

scary costumes not sweet

scary costumes not sweet

scary costumes not sweet

scary costumes not sweet

scary costumes not sweet

scary costumes not sweet

scary costumes not sweet

scary costumes not sweet

scary costumes not sweet

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Scary costumes not sweet

Scary costumes not sweet

scary costumes not sweet

scary costumes not sweet

scary costumes not sweet

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10 Comments

  1. Nancy L. wrote:

    Awesome! Great job on the makeup and it sure looks like you went to a fun party! My daughter did something similar this year. It was a scary skull face. I told her I miss my little Snow White from last year. lol
    Have a great week!

  2. These outfits look great! Good job on the makeup xxx

  3. Laura wrote:

    Great outfit and makeup 🙂 Seems like fun night x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

  4. nicol wrote:

    love the makeup! the last photo actually scares me a bit haha

  5. Kay Cake wrote:

    I loveeeee your photos! and makeup and outfits ♥