Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club Holds Halloween Costume Party For Adults
The ancient Celtics may have been the first people to don Halloween attire. Historians believe the Celtic people celebrated the holiday during their Samhain, which means “summer’s end.”
The day marked the close of the harvest and the beginning of a season of darkness and cold, signifying human death, according to the History Channel. The Druids believed the spirits of the dead from the previous year or fairies were able to roam the earth on that day when the veil between the living and the dead was at its thinnest.
The Christians retained many of the traditions of the holiday, called All Hallows’ Eve, in fifth-century Ireland.
While we at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club hardly subscribe to many of the more unusual ancient customs attached to Oct. 31, we do embrace the fun and celebration costume parties offer. That’s why we’re hosting our very own costume party for adults at Knickers Patio on Friday, Oct. 30 for $35. The bar opens at 7:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 8 p.m. Costume prizes will be awarded for “best,” “scariest” and “couple’s.”
No Guarantee The Party Will Be Without Fright
We’re confident you’ll have a good time, although we’re unable to guarantee your night will be without fright. We are, however, quite sure that we must establish certain rules ahead of time – to avert the more mischievous among us from committing some historic hanky-panky.
Here are some practices – from around the 15th century – which we’re inclined to prohibit. Mummering will definitely not be allowed. Mummers were groups of masked people who paraded around European streets between the 13th and 16th centuries and who entered houses to dance or silently play dice.
We may permit a more modernized form of guising. Children went to houses in disguises and received gifts of food for their Halloween party.
We would definitely frown rather sternly upon the 19th century Scottish practice of going door to door with painted faces threatening mischief for not receiving warm or embracing welcomes.
However, we fully expect our party to be adorned with what the ancient Welch called gwrachod, frightfully dressed human creatures.
We would also like to help enlighten our more naïve 21st century brethren – preparing to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve at Knickers Patio – on that ancient Celtic practice of dressing in scary costumes as a way to ward off or imitate those wandering spirits of the night.
We’d also like to say to our more fashionably creative or perhaps more eccentrically inclined celebrants that we hold no official position or opinion on the ancient practice of young people dressing as the opposite gender.
Take a look at our calendar for more events. The event is not open to the public, but members may bring their friends. Keep up with all of the latest news from Golden Ocala by following us on Facebook and Twitter.