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March 4, 2014

Creepy Vintage Halloween Costumes 1800 – 1959


When we traditionally think of Halloween we think of it in modern terms, scream masks or slasher movies. For this Halloween, we though it would be cool to look back, way back in history to the 1800’s and then forward to the 1960’s to see what Halloween meant at that time.

During these decades the world was a very different place; Britain had declares war on France, the US declares war on Britain, Charles Darwin was just setting out on his five-year voyage, the terrible Wounded Knee Massacre happened, Maoris were killing the British over land rights in New Zealand, the US tested the first atomic weapons and many people were dying of diseases like smallpox and cholera. Celebration must have seemed the last thing on people’s minds, but yet they did it and as you will see from these photographs it is not all that different to now.

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1800 – Children dressed as Indians
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1905 – Boy Dressed as Clown
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1905 – Boys dressed as US army and Indians
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1905 – A family celebrates Halloween in the garden with homemade masks
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1905 – Children wearing homemade masks
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1905 – A Halloween party
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1905 – Adults in creepy masks
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1905 – office workers
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1905 –  girl
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1920 – Friends celebrate Halloween
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1920 – Halloween outfits
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1920 – Ivy hall Halloween party
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1920 – Wheeler hot springs Halloween
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1920 – Halloween Costume Party at Gates’ Rooftop Garden, Denver Co.
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1920 – Barrows family Halloween
Chicago Halloween 1920
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1930 – School Play for Halloween
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1930 –  Halloween Costumes, Buenos Aires Argentina
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1934 – Halloween party at the Hotel Allerton, Chicago
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1938 – Wesson Teebagi and Nusray Hadayia holding squashes decorated with faces
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1939 – Creepy 3 pigs
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1939 – Acting troop on Halloween – The ink paint beggars
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1948 – Kids enjoying a Halloween party
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1948  - Kids Trick or treating
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1950 – Children Trick or treating
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1950 – Kids gather for trick or treating
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1950 – Children Trick or treating
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1950 – Boy in Indian costume on bike
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1951 – Kids with Mighty Mouse and cowboy outfits
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1951 – Kids in a Halloween performance
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1954 – Girl with Trick or treat bag
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1954 – Kid in superman outfit
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1956 – Teenager in Frankenstein outfit
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1956 – Children in witches outfits
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1957 –  Teen dressed as a werewolf
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1958 – Kids lined up wearing outfits
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1958 – School for the deaf Kansas Halloween dance
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1958 – Teens dressed up with friends
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Carboy can typically be found writing about the history of cars and other vehicles, in-particular recently about UK and European breakdown coverage on classics such as old American cars like Plymouth and Dodge. He spends his time attending car rallies and takes his own MG classic on the Dover to Calais ferry once a month.

Comments

  1. I noticed alot of caucasian children in black face as Halloween costumes. Shows me how savage whites are over in America.

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