This is Halloween

It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated in Britain and Ireland from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, and that this festival was Christianized as Halloween.  Samhain was the Celtic end of the harvest and the beginning of winter.  It is a time when the boundary with the Otherworld thinned and the dead could appear in our world.  Costumes were worn to hide from the dead souls.

One of the more traditional costumes is of a witch



Another typical costume is the devil



Halloween in the US always includes pumpkins



Now, on to the rest of the costumes -- vampires, zombies, fairies, heroines, etc.







Don't forget that the next day is "DiÓ de Muertos" (A primarily Mexican [and Mexican-American] holiday -- Day of the Dead)

(Photos posed and shot by Spencer Tunick)

Enough of the macabre -- see you next month

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