Tis the Season for Ghosts, Ghouls, Goblins, and Vampires.

The Halloween season is when all of the terror of horror films step out of Hollywood and fill hayrides and haunted houses all over the country. With zombies and vampires gaining more year-round popularity, Halloween hype seems to be amplified a bit more than normal this year.

As decorations and costumes were flooding retail stores as early as July, it is hard to forget that the season is approaching. Pumpkin flavors are featured in coffee shops and grocery stores, and carved pumpkins decorate the doorstep of most homes around the neighborhood. Clearly it is near impossible to forget, but how often do people remember how the holiday came into play?

Originating from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween was a day to celebrate the transition from fall to winter. This transition day was believed to allow the spirits from the dead to come back. Because of this, costumes were worn to scare off or confuse the spirits. Many years later, we celebrate in fun costumes and with too much candy.

Some of 2014’s top costume picks are The Ninja Turtles, Elsa and Ana from Frozen, and Pirates. While these character adaptations are fun, consider going back and getting in to the real spirt of Halloween.  This infographic from Walk-In Labs features some of the most iconic vampires of all time. So go for the ghost, ghoul, goblin, zombie or vampire.