I’ve been very busy in the lead up to the Halloween period, and it’s amazing how creative people can be to get into the ‘spirit‘ of Halloween (pardon the pun).
My heading titled, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it or haunt it on Happy Halloween!” sums it all up, as people are really buying into Halloween being a family valued time of the year to dress up, go to parties, special organised events and have been inspired by the costumes and face painting options available to them.
Gone are the days whereby in Scotland where there would be a few pumpkins kicking around and we would be solely “dooking” (ducking) for apples, often referred to as apple bobbing, apple ducking, duck-apple, snap apple or snap apple night, throughout the rest of the UK.
Apple ducking for apples, is a game often played on Halloween. The ‘dooking‘ game is played by filling a tub or a large basin with water and placing apples in the water. Because apples are less dense than water, they will float at the surface. Players (normally children) then try to catch one with their teeth. Use of arms is not allowed, and often are tied behind the back to prevent any cheating. This event dating back many family generations, can be traced back to the Roman invasion of Britain, when the conquering army merged their own celebrations with traditional Celtic festivals.
Nowadays, a great deal of money is spent on Halloween costumes, face masks, accessories such as broomsticks and face painting. This can be very competitive with prizes being awarded to the winner of best dressed person at Halloween events.
People are even being very creative with their lit up pumpkins not solely having the standard two eyes, nose and mouth. Pumpkins are now known to be designed to include very artistically having teeth, faces carved on them, tongues hanging out, &c. Some of these are really boo-tiful!
Its not just the boo-tiful pumpkins that are spook-tacular. I am very impressed by the design of the Halloween costumes and artistic creativity of Halloween face painting this year. Clearly people have given it a great deal of thought and research.
There seems to have been three themes this year – scary, glamorous or a mixture of scary and looking fabulous. The scary look includes the creepy likes of the ‘day of the dead‘, ‘vampy vampire‘, ‘ghostly‘, ‘Scary Headless Marie Antoinette‘, ‘spider webs‘, ‘zombie baby‘ or ‘zombie bride‘ themes. The glamorous look includes the ‘sultry schoolgirl‘, ‘Cleopatra‘, ‘sexy cat‘, ‘cat woman‘, ‘little red riding hood‘, ‘Breakfast At Tiffanys‘, ‘barbie‘, ‘Great Gatsby‘, ‘Elphaba, the wicked witch of the west‘ or ‘black swan‘ themes, for example.
This year I have suggested a mixture of scary and glamorous. This can be done using the likes of the Ice Queen and Ghostly looks. I face painted 1/2 the head in scary and the other side with a glamorous appearance, which ticks both the creepy and fabulous boxes, for those who were unsure whether to go with either look.
Whatever Halloween theme you’ve went with, well done for making the effort! Its a family valued fun time of year and well done for being so inspired, creative, and most importantly, taking part in these enjoyable and memorable occasions!