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Dressing up in costumes has been a tradition for generations on Halloween, but how did it all get started?
Halloween dates back 2,000 years ago, when the Celts celebrated Samhain, or the beginning of winter.
“It was cold, dark, dangerous and you couldn’t see, people thought the spirits were out,” said Lesley Pratt Bannatyne, author of “Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History.”
But both authors say that is not when people started dressing up.
Over the next several hundred years, Halloween costumes were common for many holidays. Children would “guise” throughout the year by asking for food in exchange for songs, dances or prayers.
Fast forward to the 1800s, when Halloween become known for pranks. The pranking started getting dangerous during that time, and towns and cities starting thinking about cancelling Halloween.
There was a gradual push from families, communities and civic organizations to change the nature of the holidays from trick to treat.
“Basically, they bought the kids off with treats and costumes,” Morton said.
Halloween costumes were mass-produced by the 1930s, bringing us to where we are today … sexy Elvis costumes.
The Best “Game of Thrones” Halloween Costumes
Channel your inner badass and wear this cloak while slaying ice dragons in the North. Or, you know, sipping on a Pomegranate Poison Spritz.
Mythical Goddess Costume
If you’d rather do a throwback Mother of Dragons costume, you can recycle this one next year and say you’re a member of ABBA!
Your toddler probably shouldn’t watch GoT, but he or she can look oh-so-adorable as your little dragon.
Miss the early days of long-haired Cersei? This costume recalls her more glamorous look of seasons past. If you don’t plan on using the wig again, you can always cut it short halfway through the Halloween party and change into a burlap sack.
Perhaps it’s best to avoid a couples costume with Jaime and Cersei, everyone’s favorite incest twins.