The History of Halloween Costumes


By: Annie Carstater

Halloween is a very popular holiday. Over 175 million Americans participated in Halloween last year, whether it was carving pumpkins, handing out candy, or getting dressed up and going trick-or-treating. Most kids dress up for Halloween, but have they ever wondered when the tradition of dressing up started?

When Irish and Scottish immigrants entered America in the 18th century, Halloween traditions came with them. Once entering America, they became extremely popular, including the original parts of Halloween. People celebrated parts of the original pagan festival. The scarier and darker the costume, the better.

By the 20’s and 30’s people held Halloween parties, for both adults and children. Around the same time, pop culture started to influence costumes. Costume manufacturing companies emerged and characters like Little Orphan Annie and Mickey Mouse became some of the costume options. Around 40 years later, in the 60’s, the costumes that we have today became increasingly popular. Dressing up to express yourself, rather than to scare others, became a tradition.

We now come to today, where Halloween is around a nine billion dollar industry and millions of people dress up and go trick-or-treating. Happy Halloween!

This relates to engineering because people try to innovate and design new costumes. Many people design their own costumes and create new costumes every year.

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This is a video showing costumes throughout 100 years.