The Halloween Costume is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would wear costumes and light bonfires to wear off roaming ghosts. Pope Gregory III, in the eight century, designated November 1 as All Saints’ Day. A time to honor all saints and martyrs. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event with child-friendly activities-centering around costumes, sweet treats and trick-or-treating.
Having attended my fair share of school Halloween parties. I know children don’t care if their costume is homemade or bought, any more than they care about the history behind costumes. They like the planning, the deciding what they are going to be then dressing up and parading about. They key to a happy costume is finding out what they would like to be and what parts are crucial for their costumes to be a success for them.
If your princess must have a tiara, that is the key piece to build around. If your cowboy must have boots, get the boots because they are the most important item then jeans a shirt and hat, and your guy is good to go. If your child really wants a scary mask, clown wig, pirate hat… it starts with absolutely crucial character item and build.
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Halloween Pumpkins for families http://www.examiner.com/x-2016-Parenting--Education-Examiner~y2009m10d24-Halloween-Pumpkins-for-families
Spooky crafts for school http://www.examiner.com/x-2016-Parenting--Education-Examiner~y2009m10d12-Spooky-crafts-for-school