A little Halloween-time history on our favorite guy in black:
Death is often given the name the “Grim Reaper.”
Depicted as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe, and wearing a midnight black gown, robe or cloak with a hood. When portrayed in the black-hooded gown, death’s face is not seen, instead a mere shadow beneath the hood.
In some cases, the Grim Reaper is said to actually cause the victim’s death, leading to tales that he can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted in order to retain one’s life.
Other beliefs hold that the Spectre of Death is only a psychopomp, serving only to sever the last tie from the soul to the body, escorting the deceased to the next world. In some interpretations, he is present as a new life arrives as well as for departure.
The Grim Reaper is as at home in a graveyard as he is at a carnival. Death is everywhere.
For better or worse, when the Grim Reaper points at you, nothing can forever allay the chill of death.