“Halloween is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.” For a more detailed history of Halloween, visit http://www.History.com/topics/halloween

Do you need a last minute Halloween costume? Here are a few fast and easy ideas to get you started!

Where’s Waldo! A red and white shirt with jeans is a must! Don’t forget to wear your camera around your neck, and make it a point to get in the background when others are taking pictures at the Halloween party!

How cute is this little guy from the movie “Up”? A cardigan, bowtie, glasses and a few balloons are all you need! This costume could work for a guy too!

A zombie is a simply scary costume! Take any old outfit, get it nice and shredded and dirty and then use some makeup to make yourself a member of the undead!

Remember those hilarious school pictures back in the day? Relive those days with this creative costume. She used poster board and printed the background on computer sheets of paper! Clever!

To be “Little Red Riding Hood” all you need is a red hood and picnic basket! Cute and easy.

Did you ever wish you could be on The Price Is Right? This costume does not require too many supplies and is sure to make people smile.

Medusa has snakes in her hair and pretty makeup. Put on a flowy white dress and you have yourself a great costume.

Chances are, you already have everything in your closet to dress up as a hippie! If not, hit up a thrift store for the goods.

This costume will take a bit more time than slipping on something bought at a store, but it is way more creative!

Cute couple idea: dress as burglars!


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