LOOKING BACK – OCTOBER 2014

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SPOOKTACULAR SPECTACLES

Sometimes, all it takes is some funky glasses like the two shown here to dress up a Halloween outfit.

While these are relatively current, their origins are steeped in history. The idea dates back to the 9th century when Pope
Gregory IV established All Saints Day on November 1. All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween naturally fell to the evening before where older
superstitions about the coming winter months and honoring the dead mixed with Christian belief. In England and Ireland, traditions
included dressing up and going house to house asking for food or money. By the ’20s and ’30s, Halloween in the U.S. was a secular,
community-based holiday less about ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. Over the years October 31 has
transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades, and treats.

Courtesy of Museum of Vision (museumofvision.org).

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