But researchers from the New Jersey Historical Society suggest the true founder may have been someone else with a very similar name: Matthew Maguire, a machinist from New Jersey who led several strikes in the 1870s, and by 1882 had become the secretary for the New York Central Labor Union. In an 1894 editorial about the holiday, which President Grover Cleveland had just signed into law, a New Jersey newspaper said the honor should go to Maguire, the “undisputed author of Labor Day as a holiday.”

Historians often credit Peter J. McGuire, co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, as the first to propose a holiday celebrating workers. According to the modern-day American Federation of Labor, McGuire brought up the idea in an 1882 meeting of the New York Central Labor Union, saying that workers should lead a parade to “publicly show the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.”

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As an etsy seller, I personally don’t think it’s unethical to list an item in any blog post (even a DIY one,) as long as the link takes you back to the item listing, and/or the creator is given credit. This one just happens to have been deactivated, maybe because the seller did it, or it’s possible etsy did. Either way, even if the item was copyrighted, someone crafty could make something similar for personal use (but, from what I’ve seen, not of the same quality unless they’re experienced with printing on fabrics!) Most sellers are up on their SEO and google stats, and it appears this one’s sales haven’t been hurt by their item being posted all over the web. 😉

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Dressing in costume is one of the most common and recognizable traditions that dates back thousands of years to celebrate one of the oldest holidays, Halloween. It was the Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, that were believed to wear the first "costumes" consisting of animal heads and skins, during the bonfire celebration of Samhain.  Even though adult costumes have come a long way from the "animal heads and skins" that the Celts wore, the desire for people to dress up in costume and celebrate a special occasion is still in our blood. 
Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Wait, it's not good to say that three times in a row! This Beetlejuice costume idea comes from the classic Tim Burton film. Just use our Women’s Graveyard Ghost Costume, add a little makeup, and you’ll be a female Beetlejuice in no time. There are a lot of different routes you can take with this one, but all of them lead to a good time! Just make sure you pack a few one-liners to get you through your event.

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Evan Booth's costume for Halloween 2006 seemed to be a nondescript "dude in a wig" until you looked at the GAPING HOLE in his midsection! This was accomplished with a camera in the back of the shirt that recorded a background scene and fed it to a travel-size DVD player in the front that displayed the backdrop. In 2008, artist Nicole Magne used the idea for a costume recreating a scene from the movie Death Becomes Her where Goldie Hawn has a hole blown through her body. The creation process is detailed on her blog, and the Instructables version is available if you'd like to try this yourself.
You and your partner are the coolest/funniest/most photogenic pair. You know it's true, and the Instagram likes just about prove it! When Halloween hits, however, you both struggle to think of a clever couples Halloween costume that is just as awesome as you are. Or even if you come up with a few fun ideas, by year three or four of dressing up together, you're probably in desperate need of some inspiration. Rather than settling for another boring look (Mickey and Minnie, for example), switch things up with one of these creative — dare we say, genius — couples' Halloween costume ideas.
Karol Bartoszynski has been many of the characters from the Mad Max movies. He became a fan as a teenager, and over the next twenty years turned his enthusiasm for Mad Max into a career as a costume designer, and now organizes Mad Max fan gatherings and re-enactments. Bartoszynski runs the fan site Mad Max Costumes, where you can draw plenty of inspiration.  Imagine showing up looking like this at your local Halloween party!

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Get in on the fun with the most popular couples Halloween costumes for 2019! Be cute as a button with a Raggedy Ann and Andy costume. Scare the daylights out of everyone with a Zombie Couples Costume or be that sexy couple with our Pirates of the Caribbean Captain Jack Sparrow and Angelica costumes. We carry over 60 couples Halloween costumes to choose from.
“Flintstones! Meet the Flintstones!” If you’re a couple planning on teaming up with another couple for a fun costume theme, we’re sure you’ll have a great time with the perennially popular Flintstones costumes. We’ve got a huge selection of officially licensed Flinstones Halloween costumes with all the characters available, like Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty Rubble. We’ve even got kids costumes for Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles if you’ve got the little ones in tow. Just be sure to take a look at our deluxe versions if you think you might be piloting one of those caveman cars. They come with oversized foot covers which is sure to help you push your prehistoric wheels!

QuaziLogical made a classic illusion costume a couple of years ago. It cost him about $30 and took about 30 hours of work. This version of the trick looks better than most because the “dummy” is covered by a surgical mask, obscuring its fakery, and QuaziLogical wore a mask, too, to make his face look artificial. See a closer image of the legs he made.


According to historical accounts, Cleopatra Queen of the Nile pretty much invented sex appeal. So, we think it makes a lot of sense that we’re still dressing like her more than 2000 years later! We have a huge selection of Cleopatra costumes, and we’ve got plenty of Pharaoh costumes to get guys in on the fun, too. With alluring designs that show just the right amount of skin, we’re sure an Egyptian theme this Halloween is going to be sizzling hot!

Choosing a costume is one of the best parts about Halloween (it's only second to eating bags of candy and chocolate, of course). When you're trying to find the perfect family, group, or couple costume, it's scary how easy it is to spend a lot of money on store-bought costumes. Plus, you never know who else might show up in the exact same costume at a house down the block! That's why these homemade Halloween costumes are the way to go, whether you're looking for creative ideas for babies, toddlers, kids, or adults. Whether you're aiming to be scary, funny, or a combination of the two, these Insta-worthy DIY Halloween costumes can easily be made with everyday items you already have on hand and a few last-minute Amazon Prime finds that will arrive just in the nick of time. Either way, these family-friendly costumes, which cover everything from pop culture to puns, are way cheaper and more creative than anything else you'll find at the store. Sorry, we just had to say it. Even if you don't consider yourself particularly crafty, these ideas are easy enough that the most glue gun-challenged among us can find something that works.


Impress your co-workers at this year's company Halloween party with a stylish, clever, or funny selection from our men's, women's, and plus sized Halloween costumes. Does your night of fright have you club-hopping or pub-crawling? Make a striking entrance in one of our sexy adult Halloween costumes, guaranteed to turn heads and drop jaws. Fully develop a character that will delight the crowd and inspire a thousand Instagrams.
Halloween is the time we can publicly celebrate all those movies, TV shows, and pop culture icons we love so much. Deliver viral, video-quality jump-scares in an officially licensed Freddy Krueger costume, complete with his signature bladed glove. Or, if your Halloween typically tends to be more light-hearted, be the bringer of prehistoric magic with a Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom inflatable T-Rex costume.
Upcycle that black umbrella into a seriously impressive bat costume. Just cut it in half and then use black safety pins or hot glue to attach it to the arms of a black hoodie. Use black electrical tape to fasten the hinges of the metal umbrella pieces as needed to help them properly fold. Create ears with foam core and feathers for a little extra texture.
Classic, regal and... who are we kidding? Toga! Toga! Toga! Nothing quite sparks the party spirit like the look of the ancient Greeks. Made famous by fraternity houses, the toga has a lot of things going for it. The look is quick and simple, with a whole plethora of easy ways to accessorize. If you want to go all out, you can grab some sandals and gold wreath crowns to look like Greek royalty, or you can simply toss on the toga costume. And all it takes to get the party started while wearing this costume style is to shout the word "Toga!" and repeat ad nauseam.

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