Long before donning a scary costume became a thing, believe it or not, matchmaking played a part in many traditional Halloween rituals in the 1700’s and 1800’s. In particular, many had to do with helping young women identify their future husbands and reassuring them that they would someday with luck, by next Halloween, be married. In 18th-century Ireland, a matchmaking cook might bury a ring in her mashed potatoes on Halloween night, hoping to bring true love to the diner who found it.
In Scotland, fortune-tellers recommended that an eligible young woman name a hazelnut for each of her suitors and then toss the nuts into the fireplace. The nut that burned to ashes rather than popping or exploding, the story went, represented the girl’s future husband. (In some versions of this legend, the opposite was true: The nut that burned away symbolized a love that would not last.)
Another tale had it that if a young woman ate a sugary concoction made out of walnuts, hazelnuts and nutmeg before bed on Halloween night she would dream about her future husband.
Young women tossed apple-peels over their shoulders, hoping that the peels would fall on the floor in the shape of their future husbands’ initials; tried to learn about their futures by peering at egg yolks floating in a bowl of water; and stood in front of mirrors in darkened rooms, holding candles and looking over their shoulders for their husbands’ faces.
Other rituals were more competitive. At some Halloween parties, the first guest to find a burr on a chestnut-hunt would be the first to marry; at others, the first successful apple-bobber would be the first down the aisle.
Flash forward to 2018, hopefully you have already found love and now need the perfect couples costume to show the world how happy you two are. But finding a costume for couples that both people will like is a major challenge. In fact, perhaps the biggest fight couples have on Halloween is whether or not they’ll be wearing a costume designed for two. We all know the typical ones: Fred and Wilma, Sandy and Danny from Grease, some superhero and their significant other, salt and pepper shakers; pretty much any other two things that “go together.” But if one member of the couple is dreading having to spend the night donning matching outfits, you might have a problem.
If you haven’t found the perfect costumes yet, here are some fun ideas that require no masks, no crazy makeup, and no sheets! I hope you get all treats and no tricks this Halloween… BOO!!!
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Julia McCurley is a Professional Matchmaker and founder of Something More, Austin’s premier personalized matchmaking service for elite singles. She has been featured on many media outlets such as Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates as well as many prominent publications seeking her expertise and relationship advice. She is a Huffington Post blogger and has had her blogs featured on other sites such as Digital Romance, She Knows, Emlovz and The Good Men Project. She has been creating happy couples since 2099.