Dress up and celebrate Halloween with fellow NYC Urban Sketches as we sketch, paint or draw online our favorite Halloween memories. Join us on Saturday, October 30th from 10am to 12pm EDT. Prizes will be given for: Best Costume, Most Creative Costume, and Best Famous Artist Costume.
Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began 2,000 years ago as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. For these friendly spirits, they set places at the dinner table, left treats on doorsteps and along the side of the road, and lit candles to help loved ones find their way back to the spirit world. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark, so that ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits.
Borrowing from European traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft.Today, Halloween is a time to celebrate classic horror films, costume parties, trick or treat, historic ghost walks, scary tales of the past and just maybe a seance.
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