, Inspiration Fashion Folder: Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trick or Treat

How did Halloween turn into a holiday where old and young dress up like something or someone they are not? Why is it the one time of year that taking candy from strangers is not only allowed but actively encouraged? 

This NPR article actually explains that Halloween, which started as a Celtic holiday and was brought to America by early immigrants was initially a child's holiday, but that adults always participated. In the early 19th century Halloween was about harmless pranks. Those who were pulling the pranks wore masks so as to not be recognized. It wasn't until the Depression era that the pranks started getting more serious. The instigators started demanding treats to avoid tricks. Early twentieth century consumerism responded by offering candy and decorations as a way to lessen the violence.  All of these factors helped turn Halloween into what we now know today. So dress up and enjoy some treats!

Happy Halloween!

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