The origins of Halloween date back to the ancient Celts who lived 2,000 years ago in the land that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Northern France. Celebrating their new year on November 1, the ancient Celts recognized October 31 as the end of summer and the start of the cold winter, a time often associated with human death.
In the second half of the nineteenth century, the Halloween tradition was brought to American by immigrants and over the years, has become more about neighborly get-togethers and less about ghosts and evil spirits. If the ancient Celts were to witness what Halloween has evolved to be here—basically drinking and if you’re lucky, sex—wonder what they’d say…
But I’m not here to judge. I’ve had fun memories of Halloween over the years. Although alcohol is optionally preferable, dressing up in a costume is a must!
Here’s a list of costume shops in Jakarta you may find useful. Happy Hunting!
Good for: accessories, masks, creepy knickknacks, face paints, princess costumes, family costumes.
Jl. Kemang Utara No.34 B, Jakarta Selatan
(021) 719-8454, (021) 719-7245
Good for: accessories, quality kids and adult costumes (on the pricey side).
Jl. Kemang Utara Raya No. 16A, Jakarta Selatan
Good for: Disney princess, superhero, and cartoon character ready-to-wear and made-to-order costumes for kids.
Jl. Kemang Selatan I/20A, Kemang
Jl. Alam Segar VII/35, Pondok Indah
Good for: fun adult costumes for rent and sale (ready-to-wear and made-to-order).
Jl. RS. Fatmawati 15 L Blok A, Kebayoran Baru (next to gas station), Jakarta Selatan
(021) 722-2172, (021) 739-4493
Good for: witch, princess, and superhero costumes for kids and adults.
Ruko Golden Plaza Blok B No. 30 (in Lotte Mart complex), Jl. RS Fatmawati No. 15
TWINKLE HOUSE COSTUME RENTAL
Good for: unique traditional Indonesian costumes, and superhero, police, firefighter costumes.
Taman Ratu Indah, Jl. Daan Mogot, Jakarta Barat
YAYASAN BALITA SEHAT
Good for: dressing up for a cause in doctor, nurse, and superhero costumes for kids and adults.
Jl. H. Naim II No. 10, Cipete Utara
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