Halloween is a time of witches, werewolves, and wizards; mummies and monstrosities; pumpin' pumpkins and fabulous Frankensteins; ghosts, goblins and ghouls. But it's also a chance to put on a Halloween fancy dress costume and scare the hell out of your family and friends, or attend a really awesome party. We have a huge selection of scary Halloween costumes and Halloween accessories to make your Halloween party one you and your friends will never forget!
Our Halloween fancy dress costumes and Halloween masks range from old favourites such as vampire and mummy outfits to more contemporary characters such as the rabbit on a rampage known as Frankenbunny. You can show off what a cool customer you really are with Morph Costumes. Why not take things a stage further by donning one of our Halloween Morphsuits or Digital Dudz outfits, with realistic looking flesh and zipper iWounds or t-shirts with beating hearts and moving eyeballs? Or hit the town in a glow-in-the-dark skeleton Morphsuit? Our outfits show how the range of acceptable Halloween looks have blossomed to include more contemporary costumes such as The Clown, The Android, and The Mouth, which are particular favourites.
Our Halloween costumes perhaps symbolise how Halloween has evolved. The imagery and customs which have developed and grown from many different countries, religions and cultures in the past 1,000 years or more, and there is often confusion as to how and where Halloween and its traditions originated.
Halloween's originates from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins.
By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honour Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of â€œbobbingâ€ for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.
By the 9th century the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted the older Celtic rites. In 1000 A.D., the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honour the dead. All Souls Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils. The All Saints Day celebration was also called All-hallows (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, finally, Halloween.
Halloween arrived in America in the beginning of the 1800s. Because of the strict Protestant belief in New England, Halloween was not celebrated in the North of America in the first half of the nineteenth century. Halloween was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies. As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups as well as the American Indians mixed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge.
In the last half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, helped to make the celebration of Halloween more popular all over the country. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and knock on people's doors asking for food or money, which then became today's â€œtrick-or-treatâ€ tradition.
THE HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN