From at least the 16th century,[5] the festival included mumming and guising,[6] which involved people going house-to-house in costume (or in disguise), usually reciting verses or songs in exchange for food.[6] It may have originally been a tradition whereby people impersonated the Aos Sí, or the souls of the dead, and received offerings on their behalf. Impersonating these beings, or wearing a disguise, was also believed to protect oneself from them.[7] It is suggested that the mummers and guisers "personify the old spirits of the winter, who demanded reward in exchange for good fortune".[8] F. Marian McNeill suggests the ancient pagan festival included people wearing masks or costumes to represent the spirits, and that faces were marked (or blackened) with ashes taken from the sacred bonfire.[5] In parts of southern Ireland, a man dressed as a Láir Bhán (white mare) led youths house-to-house reciting verses—some of which had pagan overtones—in exchange for food. If the household donated food it could expect good fortune from the 'Muck Olla'; not doing so would bring misfortune.[9] In 19th century Scotland, youths went house-to-house with masked, painted or blackened faces, often threatening to do mischief if they were not welcomed.[6] In parts of Wales, men went about dressed as fearsome beings called gwrachod,[6] while in some places, young people cross-dressed.[6] Elsewhere in Europe, mumming and costumes were part of other yearly festivals. However, in the Celtic-speaking regions they were "particularly appropriate to a night upon which supernatural beings were said to be abroad and could be imitated or warded off by human wanderers".[6] It has also been suggested that the wearing of Halloween costumes developed from the custom of souling, which was practised by Christians in parts of Western Europe from at least the 15th century.[10][11] At Allhallowtide, groups of poor people would go door-to-door, collecting soul cakes – either as representatives of the dead,[12] or in return for saying prayers for them.[13] One 19th century English writer said it "used to consist of parties of children, dressed up in fantastic costume, who went round to the farm houses and cottages, signing a song, and begging for cakes (spoken of as "Soal-cakes"), apples, money, or anything that the goodwives would give them".[14] The soulers typically asked for "mercy on all Christian souls for a soul cake".[15] The practice was mentioned by Shakespeare his play The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593).[16][17] Christian minister Prince Sorie Conteh wrote on the wearing of costumes: "It was traditionally believed that the souls of the departed wandered the earth until All Saints' Day, and All Hallows' Eve provided one last chance for the dead to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving to the next world. In order to avoid being recognised by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities".[18] In the Middle Ages, statues and relics of martyred saints were paraded through the streets at Allhallowtide. Some churches who could not afford these things had people dress as saints instead.[19][20] Some believers continue the practice of dressing as saints, biblical figures, and reformers in Halloween celebrations today.[21] Many Christians in continental Europe, especially in France, believed that on Halloween "the dead of the churchyards rose for one wild, hideous carnival," known as the danse macabre, which has often been depicted in church decoration.[22] An article published by Christianity Today claimed the danse macabre was enacted at village pageants and at court masques, with people "dressing up as corpses from various strata of society", and suggested this was the origin of Halloween costume parties.[23][24]

📢 Group costume alert 📢 - Josie and the Pussy Cats! 🎃 This one is lit cuz really all you need is two of your bestest gal (or Guy) pals, some cheetah/leaopard print, and cat ears! - we went with the more @thecwriverdale vibe and wore modern, rocker, clothing in dark colors - this is one of the only good photos we have of all three of us, we’re a mess, not sorry about it.. 🎃 🎃 #halloween #halloweencostume #josieandthepussycats #pussycatsriverdale #riverdale #groupcostume #grouphalloween #grouphalloweencostume #diycostume #easycostume
If you're not sure the best Halloween costume to rock at this year's costume party, it's true that power comes in numbers! People appreciate a good group Halloween costume, and even more importantly, the group effort makes for the best memories. We rounded up the best group Halloween costume ideas, whether you're just teaming up with a couple of friends or you want to get a huge group to all go in.

Happy Halloween!! Throwback from a Niki Darling & The Sound show in Williamsburg, missing Scooby & the gang! Happy Birthday Velma!! . . . . . . . . . . . . #halloweencostume #scoobydoo #scoobyandshaggy #velma #daphne #grouphalloweencostume #tb #wcw #happybirthday #scorpio #hbdnophi #nikidarling #blackrock #blackgirlsmagic #blackgirlsrock #blackboyjoy #afropunk


This one is so easy, it hurts. Everyone in the group needs the most stereotypical "vacation shirt" they can find, and that's it. For extra laughs, you can wear fanny packs, high socks, visors, sunglasses, and other vacation-themed goodness. There's a good chance you already have some of these items on hand, but if not, head to the dollar or party store. A dollop of sunscreen on your nose doesn't hurt, too. Grab a pair of binoculars, point at everything, and most importantly, have fun.

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This one is so easy, it hurts. Everyone in the group needs the most stereotypical "vacation shirt" they can find, and that's it. For extra laughs, you can wear fanny packs, high socks, visors, sunglasses, and other vacation-themed goodness. There's a good chance you already have some of these items on hand, but if not, head to the dollar or party store. A dollop of sunscreen on your nose doesn't hurt, too. Grab a pair of binoculars, point at everything, and most importantly, have fun.
You've probably grown up on stories of mysterious creatures that go bump in the night: the reapers, werewolves, ghosts, and goblins. There's the gothic terror of Victorian times, too. And devious devils spreading sin and the plague doctors who are just about as spooky. You've seen scary movies and iconic monsters just waiting to spook the get-out of everyone. Now, combine them all! These scary costumes are great on their own, but they're haunting together!

The wearing of costumes is an important part of holidays developed from religious festivals such as Mardi Gras (in the lead up to Easter), and Halloween (related to All Hallow's Eve). Mardi Gras costumes usually take the form of jesters and other fantasy characters; Halloween costumes traditionally take the form of supernatural creatures such as ghosts, vampires, pop-culture icons and angels. In modern times. Christmas costumes typically portray characters such as Santa Claus (developed from Saint Nicholas). In Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States the American version of a Santa suit and beard is popular; in the Netherlands, the costume of Zwarte Piet is customary. Easter costumes are associated with the Easter Bunny or other animal costumes.


^ Hörandner, Editha (2005). Halloween in der Steiermark und anderswo. LIT Verlag Münster. p. 99. ISBN 9783825888893. On the other hand the postmodern phenomenon of "antifashion" is also to be found in some Halloween costumes. Black and orange are a 'must' with many costumes. Halloween - like the medieval danse macabre - is closely connected with superstitions and it might be a way of dealing with death in a playful way. 

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It’s safe to say we have a slight obsession with the lovable, squeaky minions from Despicable Me. We’re just (if not more) in love with this easy and cute group costume for you and your mischievous friends. The base of this costume is really simple — jean shorteralls, a long-sleeve yellow shirt, tall yellow socks, a yellow beanie, black gloves, and preferably black sneakers. (via Brit + Co)
Some group costumes can be tough to put together because they nearly require the right number of folks. Fortunately, the crew of the Mystery Machine has solved this problem, too! Team up as the Scooby Squad, since they're always splitting up in teams. While Scooby and Shaggy are off getting into trouble, Velma, Fred, and Daphne are great for a group of 3 Halloween costumes! When it's time to finish the episode, bring everyone together and unmask that ghost!

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In Bhutan there is a traditional national dress prescribed for men and women, including the monarchy. These have been in vogue for thousands of years and have developed into a distinctive dress style. The dress worn by men is known as Gho which is a robe worn up to knee-length and is fastened at the waist by a band called the Kera. The front part of the dress which is formed like a pouch, in olden days was used to hold baskets of food and short dagger, but now it is used to keep cell phone, purse and the betel nut called Doma. The dress worn by women consist of three pieces known as Kira, Tego and Wonju. The long dress which extends up to the ankle is Kira. The jacket worn above this is Tego which is provided with Wonju, the inner jacket. However, while visiting the Dzong or monastery a long scarf or stoll, called Kabney is worn by men across the shoulder, in colours appropriate to their ranks. Women also wear scarfs or stolls called Rachus, made of raw silk with embroidery, over their shoulder but not indicative of their rank.[6]

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