Trick-or-treaters may have some hope after all!
In the time of COVID-19, Halloween promises to be different than it's ever been before. The last time we had a pandemic that devastated the country as this one has was in 1918 and I'm pretty sure that people didn't celebrate Halloween with as much enthusiasm as they do now. Or did they? Let's take a look at the history of the Halloween costume. Many experts believe that the wearing of costumes to observe the holiday started more than 2,000 years ago when British and Irish pagans celebrated the festival of Samhain on October 31st every year.
Supposedly on this day, the barrier between the living and the dead is at its weakest, and ht souls of the dead, fairies, and other spirits can walk the earth among the living and create havoc. People wore costumes to protect themselves from these mischievous spirits. There was later a custom of dress-up called 'guising (short for disguising, I think) and going from house to house to perform short scenes in exchange for treats of food or drink, and that was part of the festivities. The collection was seen as an offering to the dead souls wandering the land and if a person could impersonate a spirit, they couldn't be seen by spirits. Weird logic. But here we are, rebranded by Christians as "All Hallow's Eve."
The National Retail Federation estimates that every year, about $9 billion is spent on Halloween, which includes candy, decorations, and yes, costumes. So the retailers miss all of us a lot. Well, they miss our money, but we'll all be glad when things are back to normal. For now, you can enjoy this weirdly cool mask that was created by the retailer Mantrap 1989. The bat face mask will allow you to follow the guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the practice that many businesses are implementing as a matter of policy. You can enjoy this mask for Halloween, but also for as long as you want when the holiday is over. It's cool and different, and why not?
Also, it's made of 100% cotton sheeting, which is a tightly woven natural fiber. It has four-panel construction for a snug fit. Check them out at Mantrap 1989 .