Styling – Inspiration – Art

The Surreal Circus

It’s been that time of year again, keeping everyone busy creating costumes and carving pumpkins, the time of bin liners and sweets gallore, All Hallows Eve!

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Makeubelieves ‘throw back’ creepy costumes, playing with body art & special effects

We have opted for a blog looking at where this cobwebbed and dark day on the 31st October has come from, and as we are passionate about evolution, it seemed quite fitting for us to look at the origins of Halloween, the Pagan festival of ‘Samhain.’

Cú Chulainn going into battle in the Táin Bó Cúailnge, which was said to have begun at Samhain, the Pagan festival which later became 'All Hallows Eve'

Cú Chulainn going into battle in the Táin Bó Cúailnge, which was said to have begun at Samhain, the Pagan festival which later became ‘All Hallows Eve’

Celtic festivals the Pagan origins of Halloween 'Samhain'

Celtic festivals throughout the year, the Pagan origins of Halloween ‘Samhain’ shown on the carved wheel

 

This once simple feast has become quite an extravagant affair compared to its early origins as a Celtic harvest festival. The bonfires, masks and carvings of this traditional period, where the autumn becomes winter still remain, but like much of the distorted stories of history, Christian dogma in 1745 has created the now evolved event ‘Halloween’ which we see in the Western world today.

Our paint brushes were definitely working at full steam, along with artists across the globe painting all kinds of creepy characters and horrifying heads.

Makeubelieves Surreal Circus is in town!

Makeubelieves Surreal Circus is in town!

We had the pleasure of working at wonderful events in London for fridays freeky fun, then a zombie frenzy in Nottingham to finish off the weekend thanks to #Area51productions and fellow painter Nicole Aspradakis; we also managed to squeeze in some happy customers for costume prize winning pieces, including Steve’s double headed “IT’s behind you” clown seen below!

And even if the season is a little over the top, turning into a surreal circus of plastic skeletons and fake blood, we do love the creativity and inspiration it has brought over the decades, along with a high dose of fancy dress! This weird and wonderful event is one of the best times of year, so if you didn’t manage it this weekend, make sure you get those costumes on and Roll up to enjoy some face and body art where ever you can find it next!

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    "IT's behind you" Double headed clown design

“IT’s behind you” Double headed clown design

 

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