October 31st is around the corner and people from around the world are gearing up for Halloween. Before we get into the pumpkin carving and ghoulish costumes let’s take a closer look at the origins of this infamous holiday:
A Celtic Fascination with the Dead
Love it or hate it, Halloween has been around for centuries and, although it’s thought of as an American holiday by many, History.com states that it actually originated with the Celts in what is now known as Ireland, the UK and Northern France.
The Celts used to celebrate the new year on the 1st of November. The night before, on the 31st of October they believed that the barrier between the worlds of the living and the dead were lowered and it was on this night that they celebrated Samhain (the University of Albany indicates it’s pronounced as sah-win or sow-in). The Druids also believed that it was easier to make predictions on this night. Generally the event was celebrated by wearing costumes and building sacred bonfires for sacrifices of crops and animals.
Eventually the Roman Empire invaded, amalgamating the Celtic holidays over the next 400 years. ON 13 May 609 A.D. Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honour of Christian Martyrs calling it All Martyrs Day. Pope Gregory III later decided to include the saints with the martyrs leading to All Saints Day, also moving the festival from 13 May to 1 November.
Samhain becomes All Saints Day then Halloween
There are conflicting accounts of when and why Samhain was replaced with All Saints Day or All-hallowmas (which eventually became All-hallows Eve and then Halloween). Some argue that the Church wanted to replace Samhain with a Christian holiday, others believe that time and cultural influence led to the change – suffice it to say most agree that Halloween did originate with Samhain and, once arrived in America gradually morphed into the pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating holiday we know now.
For most people the main focus on Halloween is costumes and candy and we’ve got a few great ideas on how you can use Dickies work wear to create the best costumes:
As modeled by Tom all you need is a bit of plastic wrap around your shoes, a pair of safety glasses, gloves and a Dickies Disposable Coverall to turn you into a forensic scientist out on a case. An added bonus is that you can still wear your normal shoes and clothes so it’s not only comfortable but also really cheap as well.
The Mad Scientist
With a bit of hair gel, fake glasses and a Dickies Redhawk Warehouse Coat you’ll look the spitting images of Mary Shelley’s Dr Frankenstein.
Silence of the Lambs
For those interested in a scarier costume; the orange Dickies Redhawk Overall, a steely glint in the eye and snapping teeth will transform you into the feared Dr Hannibal Lector.
Honestly there are hundreds of options when it comes to the Dickies catalogue so why not put your creative cap on and make use of what you’ve got? Happy Halloween everyone!