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In the fall of the year with the celebration of Halloween, vampire lore is at its peak time of interest. Halloween has been celebrated since the 16th century, and has historical ties to both pagan rituals and Christian holy days. This holiday is celebrated on October 31st, the day after All Saints’ Day.
Halloween is commonly referred to as All Hallows’ Eve in correlation with the Christian holy day of All Saints’ Day. Most countries around the world recognize this holiday, which the exception of some religious sects of Christianity who frown upon Halloween, because of its past connections with paganism.
The reason for the Halloween vampire connection is that Halloween is related to the end of the harvest season and the end of autumn. As winter rolls in, the cold weather, barren landscape, and isolating snow along with the shortest days of the year create an atmosphere of fear.
Civilizations since the Scandinavian Vikings have believed that these conditions encourage dark entities, monsters, and creatures of the night including vampires to come out and prey on their victims. So on Halloween people carve frightening faces into root vegetables, such as pumpkins and parsnips, add a lit candle for light, and place these in their windows to frighten away evil spirits.
People dress in scary costumes and walk around the neighborhood in hopes to scare or bewilder scary creatures so they do not harm the community members. This is the time of year when Halloween vampire costumes are the most popular as people are attempting to scare away ‘real’ vampires.
In today’s times Halloween vampire costumes are all the rage, especially now that the vampire has become more popular than ever thanks to the vampire romance based hit book series “The Twilight Sagas” and the movies based on the films.
Halloween vampire makeup can be painted on with items from a basic makeup kit found in possession of most females, or you can purchase specialty kits just for Halloween costumes.
The most signature color for the face of a vampire is a pale or pasty white, which is used to create the appearance of death and the lack of sun exposure. And don’t forget about your neck and ears! You want your vampire neck to be as ghostly as your face. In order to vamp up the eyes, most faux vampires add a black colored powder to their eyebrows, as well as an exaggerated arch to highlight the evil look.
Use a red eye shadow, red blush, or a red lip gloss to add a red line along the lower eye lashes to give the appearance of unhealthiness that is signature of vampires. On the lips, it is crucial that you wear a blood red hue of lipstick applied with a heavy touch. And to complete the look, you should have some red drops coming down from the corners of your mouth to give the appearance of a freshly fed vampire.
You can add a few drops of red liquid food coloring to light corn syrup, both of which are sold inexpensively at grocery stores. Use a toothpick to apply drops of the fake blood to the outer corners of your mouth until it begins to drip naturally. Besides tasting delicious, you can carry this blood with you in a small container for reapplication as needed.
For the hair of a Halloween vampire, this depends on whether you are a female or male vampire. While a wide range of looks for the male vampire include classic Dracula to the sexed up Louis de Pointe du Lac, most males interested in becoming a vampire for the night will use hair gel or mousse to sleek back their locks. For an even more dramatic look, add a temporary black hair color that is in a spray can and specially formulated to wash out; these are available in most costume stores for Halloween. Female vampires tend to go with a messy head of long hair, opting for a wig if necessary.
The look of having slept in hair is hot for females in vampire mode, and the color of hair matters less so. While there are products on the market that give you ‘bed head’ hair, you can also tease your hair using a fine tooth comb to give it volume and a disheveled appearance. The less it looks like you care about your hair, the more you will look like a vampire.
In order to get into the spirit of a Halloween vampire, you have to be able to act like a vampire. You need to get inside the mind of a vampire in order to understand the behavior of this entity.
Nowadays, vampires are recognized as strong and sensual men, while vampire women are beautiful and seductive. Vampires are most famously known for biting of the neck of a victim in order to drink the blood of those less powerful. Special powers bestow vampires from drinking blood, which is considered as more romantic than disgusting.
For Halloween, vampire characters, or at least people who wish they were themselves vampires, line the sidewalks along with kids dressed as clowns and cowboys. No one really fears the vampire anymore; they want to be one.
This was not always the case. The initial legend of the vampire came into being with a much more of a dangerous and sinister meaning. Established as an evil thing that has been part of civilization since the earliest cultures from ancient times, vampires were created from the belief that human power could be strengthened from drinking human blood.
Some people even believed that drinking human blood could extend their life, which is where the notion of vampires being able to live forever was born. A horrible, selfish creature, a vampire would feed on whoever they could. And then rather than dying, a vampire victim comes back to life--as a vampire himself. Even though the only holiday associated with vampires is Halloween, vampire nostalgia continues to breed with renewed interest in this vile yet romanticized creature as humans continue to pursue power at all costs.