Party Ideas : Story of the First Halloween
Day of the Dead
It is believed that this ancient culture wore
costumes as a way to ‘blend’ in with the roaming
spirits as they celebrated this final night of
summer. But before they set off to the village, they
always remembered to set out a gift or treat for the
ancestral spirits who may be visiting one last time.
And they always placed a lit candle inside
out of a turnip to scare away any
mischievous ghostly visitors.
By the way, many
other cultures also honor their ancestors in
glorified ways. Learn about how
Halloween is celebrated
around the world.
A night of good wishes.
After the festivities, the villagers were each given
an ember from the bonfire to relight their home
fires, a symbolic ritual to assure protection over
the winter months.
What kind of costumes do you suppose they wore?
To imagine the kind of Halloween costumes they wore
you need to understand the lifestyle. This was an
ancient rural civilization and farming and hunting
was the way of life. So they had to be resourceful
and use what was available to them. If they wanted
to look like someone other than themselves, for
purposes of disguising themselves from the
wandering visitors of the night, they had to be very
Here are your clues:
Makeup: mud or
ground meal made into a paste
Hair: dried leaves, stalks, grasses
Eye shadow: coal or cooled ashes
Clothing: coats, pants and jackets turned backwards
or inside out
Head gear: hats turned inside out, animal fur, pots
or pans, wooden spoons
Accessories: twisted limbs, antlers, boar tusks,
It’s no wonder this last night of the year might
look a bit frightful!