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Skeleton Halloween Costumes

Different people put their own unique spins on the way they choose to celebrate Halloween. Whether you love to indulge in the spooky aspects of the holiday or just like dressing up to collect candy, however, Halloween always features classic icons like ghosts, pumpkins, and skeletons. Here at Walgreens, we have a wide selection of Skeleton Halloween costumes that allow you (or your child) to honor the spirit of the holiday.

History of Skeletons at Halloween

The holiday celebrated as Halloween today actually dates back to an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. Devoted to the end of the fall harvest and the beginning of winter, the festival also honored those who had died during the year, and the Celts believed that ghosts would mingle with the living during Samhain. When the Catholic Church adapted the celebration to its own beliefs by establishing All Saints Day on November 1st, All Hallows Eve (October 31st) still retained its devotion to all things supernatural. Since skeletons are one of the most literal representations of the dead, the image of human bones walking around has always been integral to the celebration of Halloween in cultures across the globe.

Types of Skeleton Costumes

Like most traditional Halloween garb, skeleton costumes can run the gamut from being lighthearted and fun to downright scary. Basic costumes typically feature a black bodysuit with white bones printed on the front and back. Depending on where the costume will be worn, you can choose between options with full coverage (ideal for trick-or-treating in the cold) or more stylistic costumes that might include a tank-top, skirt, and/or leggings. Skeleton-print shoes are also a unique component to set your costume apart. Of course, skeleton costumes don't have to be basic black and white. You might choose options that feature the basic boney structure and then add pops of color to show some personality. Since skeleton Halloween costumes are so classic, they are available in a range of sizes that start with options for very young children and go up to those for full-grown adults. You can also keep these costumes in your closet for repeat use because you know skeletons are never going to go out of style.

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