One of the most popular Halloween costume is that of the ghost. Children and adults alike love dressing up as these spirits and haunting their own homes during this yearly event. However, how did the ghost become such a prevalent theme for Halloween? Why do we enjoy dressing in these costumes every year?
Ghost stories are one of America’s favorite past times, especially during Halloween. The telling of ghost stories on Halloween derives from both the Druidic belief that the ancestral dead arise on this night and the Christian faith to honor the souls of the departed. It is a universal human trait to bring the dead back through the telling of stories.
American ghost stories evolved from actual superstitions and rituals practiced by those in the British Isles on Halloween.