Each and every year, legendary actor Neil Patrick Harris reminds us that he loves his family dearly and that he is still a child at heart. And 2019 was no different, with fans eagerly awaiting the reveal of their Halloween costumes.
NPH continued his tradition of dressing up for Halloween with his family, his husband David Burtka and twin children, Gideon and Harper. This year, they uploaded a photo of the ‘Burtka-Harris Boo-seum’ on Instagram and joked that audio guides are available in the gift shop. Scroll down to the bottom and see if you can recognize who’s dressed as who!
Most of our Panda Readers will have recognized whom NPH and his family have dressed up as. But just in case there’s anyone who’s confused, Neil is Vincent van Gogh, his husband is Salvador Dali, Gideon is Andy Warhol, and Harper is Frida Kahlo. The family photo from the ‘Boo-seum’ got more than 258,000 likes on Instagram in under 11 hours.
Bored Panda talked to Lesley Bannatyne, the world’s foremost Halloween expert, about how the holiday is a modern version of ancient beliefs about how summer ended and the ‘veil between worlds’ was the thinnest for a night.
“Honoring the dead and imagining the afterlife are essential in every culture I know of. Not all may have what we think of as a ‘holiday,’ but I’ve never known of a culture that doesn’t honor their dead in some mythological, spiritual, or folkloric way,” Bannatyne began.
“Modern pagans and people who gravitate toward earth-centered spirituality have reclaimed Samhain (Irish for Summer’s End, or November 1) as a time to honor the ancestors,” she said. “The folklore and sagas of the old world depict Samhain as a potent time of year– monsters emerged from the fairy mounds, great kings were slain, great loves consummated. Many like to say that the ‘veil between worlds is the thinnest’ — the spirit world is awake on that night.”