Let Us Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is a particularly American holiday. The word evokes images of football, family reunions, roasted turkey with stuffing, pumpkin pie and, of course, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, the acknowledged founders of the feast. But what did they wear to such an occasion? Read on to find out…

Most of us have the idea that the Pilgrims’ clothing was    quite simple, mostly black and white, with white collars,  silver buckles on the hat, belt and shoes. This is a   common myth.

From the passenger list of the Mayflower, we know that the Pilgrims were familiar with colored clothing, such as blue, green, violet, yellow and red. While in Holland, just before they set sail, they knew about clothing dyes (taken from plants and roots), that were used to produce color for every day clothing. The colors were not bold or bright, but they were muted shades of blues, greens, violets, yellows and reds.

Pilgrim women wore petticoats, dresses with bodice and skirt, aprons, capes for coats and low-heeled round-toed shoes. These came in the variety of colors. Pilgrim men wore undergarments, breeches, shirts with turn back cuffs and wrist ruffles, stockings, belts, capes, and low-heeled round-toes leather boots or shoes.

Even though historically, Pilgrims wore colorful clothing, nothing is as iconic for the holiday to modern-day Americans as the black and white, buckled outfits that are perfect for reenactments. See our wonderful selection of pilgrim costumes here: http://www.spookshop.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=pilgrim&Submit=

 

This is a more accurate depiction of the Fist Thanksgiving. Notice the various pastel colors and heavy layered fabrics. They also didn’t wear buckles on their shoes or wastes. Buckles were expensive and not in fashion at the time. They simply wore the much cheaper leather laces to tie up their shoes and hold up their pants.

 

Wampanoag Clothing

You have probably seen many inaccurate pictures of Native People in books and movies. In the 1600s, the basic Wampanoag clothing for men, older boys, young girls and women was the breechcloth. Breechcloths were made from soft deerskin and worn between the legs with each end tucked under a belt and hanging down as flaps in the front and back. Men and women wore mantles in cold weather.

The mantles, often made of deerskin, fastened at one shoulder and wrapped around the body in various ways. Often, mantles were tied at the waist with a woven belt. During especially cold weather, mantles of raccoon, otter, beaver, and other animals were worn with the fur side closest to the body.

Women and girls often wore skirts made from deerskin. A woman wrapped a skirt around her waist and tied it with a thin belt. Skirts could be worn under mantles. Leggings were worn in cooler weather or to protect from the scratches of brambles and brush. Women’s leggings were made of deerskin and were tied at the knee, while men’s leggings were longer and tied at the waist to the breechcloth belt.

In the 1600s, Wampanoag men and women decorated their bodies. Faces were painted with red or yellow ocher, black from charcoal and graphite, or white from clay. Sources often write about the beautiful ornaments of the Wampanoag People. Men, women and children wore bracelets made from shell or glass trade beads. Earrings, necklaces, garters, belts and breastplates were made from various materials such as bone, copper, wood, shells and stone. Tattooing was reported by Europeans, who saw it on the faces and bodies of some 17th-century Wampanoag People. These were usually very important people in the Nation.

Dressing up for Thanksgiving is not traditional for many people but however you choose to celebrate, costumes can make any holiday more fun & festive for children and adults alike. Schools and community centers often put on plays for Thanksgiving, which can require a costume. Whatever the reason you are dressing up, there many costume choices that would be perfect for Thanksgiving.

 

See our festive selection of costumes & accessories here: http://www.spookshop.com/Thanksgiving_Pilgrim_Costumes_s/455.htm

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We’re running a facebook costume contest!

Halloween is just around the corner, and here at SpookShop we’re gearing up with some great giveaways and savings to make your Halloween the most horrible yet. We’re hitting the ground running this year with a Facebook costume contest* – winners will be awarded with gift certificates for SpookShop.com! So start your engines and show us your finest, fiercest, and most frightful looks on our Facebook page. The two best of the best adult costumes and child costumes will receive $50 and $25 gift certificates for SpookShop. You only have until November 8th, so ready…set…SCARE!

* Employees and their families are not eligible to win. All content submitted to SpookShop’s Facebook page is subject to approval. Images featuring inappropriate content, nudity, or illegal activity are ineligible and will be removed. First prize winners in Adult and Child costume categories will each receive a $50 gift certificate for SpookShop.com valid from November 13th, 2012 to January 31st, 2013. Second Prize winners in each category will each receive a $25 gift certificate for SpookShop.com valid from November 13th, 2012 to January 31st, 2013. Contest runs from October 12th, 2012 to November 8th, 2012. Winners will be selected no later than November 13th, 2012 and will be notified via e-mail. Gift certificates are not redeemable for cash, or eligible toward previous purchases.

Seasonal Shop Info and Upcoming Events!

Greetings followers,

We’re in our 15th year here in Bellingham, Washington – yes, that’s FIFTEEN Halloweens that we’ve been serving all of the world from our little corner of the Northwest. We’re proud to announce that our less-than-frequent blog posts will become more consistent in the coming months so that we can keep you all up to date on our upcoming events. Two such goings-on are just around the corner!
 
First and foremost, SpookShop’s seasonal retail location is now open on Bakerview Road in Bellingham, WA, and we’re ready to celebrate!
 

Join us on October 7th at our Steampunk Bash!

Boundary Bay will be providing us with their excellent root beer to make it a true party. Snacks will also be provided by SpookShop’s own crew. We’ll have face painting for the kiddies, a scavenger hunt, a costume contest for all ages, as well as an impressive steampunk costume exhibition. Top hats and bustles required – well, okay, not required, but everyone who shows up in costume will receive a 20% discount on any purchases made during our bash! No Steampunk gear handy? No problem! Vampires, witches, and werewolves are also welcome. Just show us your costume pride and come check us out in the Fred Meyer complex on Bakerview Road for a great party and for your all of your Halloween needs. The festivities start at 3pm. Visit us at www.SpookShop.com for more information about our seasonal store and the party, including driving directions.
 
Second, and no less exciting, we will be hosting a booth at Tacoma’s Zombpocalypse on September 29th. Join us and all of the other flesh-eating ghouls for an unforgettable day of blood and mayhem. We’ll have you covered for all of your frightful needs with make up, appliances, costumes, and more. With adult and kids costume contests, a scavenger hunt, and an adults-only evening concert, there will be something for everyone.Don’t forget to stop by our booth to pick up a flyer with a coupon for our website!
 
 
– Your Spooky Friends