By: Lauren Olson
Dating back to the ancient Celtic Samhain Festival, All Hallow’s Eve has traditionally symbolized the end of the harvest season and paved the way for the new year, beginning November 1. Blurring the worlds between the living and the dead, the Celts believe that many ghosts returned to the earth the night before the new year. It was believed that the presence of these otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids to make predictions about the future, so the Celts would build bonfires and make sacrifices to help encourage positive prophecies.
Throughout the years, Halloween as we know it today has taken on the form of many different celebrations, including Feralia and Pomona, All Souls’ Day, and All Saints Day. As the holiday has transformed through the years, so have the costumes traditionally associated with it. The Celts often celebrated All Hallow’s Eve dressed in costumes made from animal hides, while All Souls’ Day was filled with costumes of saints, angels, and devils.
Halloween costumes today have become fantastical, allowing individuals everywhere the opportunity to be someone else for a day. Whether the idea is to dress as an otherworldly ghoul or to dress in a dream occupation, aviation costumes have mainstreamed with the best of them. For an aviation-themed costume, one can dress as a WWII Pilot, Amelia Earhart, or try their hand as a Flight Attendant or Astronaut. With the Steampunk movement, there has also been a rise in Steampunk Aviator costumes.
No matter what your style, there is an aviation-themed Halloween costume out there for you. Can’t wear a full costume to the office? Consider some gear-themed jewelry, lapel pins, or hair accessories. Check out a few of our favorite ideas in the fun collage below!