See how people dressed up for Halloween through the decades

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 06:17PM
Evolution of Halloween costumes over the decades


"What are you going to be this year for Halloween?" Uttered every October, the question brings endless possibilities, with devout Halloween enthusiasts utilizing all their creative fortitude and discretionary income to craft a costume of pure, horror-filled delight. But elaborate Halloween costumes aren't something that have just popped up in recent years, the spooky tradition hearkens back to the 1800s.

From ornately-decorated costumes full of color and pizazz to simple bed sheets with holes cut out for eyes, these Halloween costumes show us just how much our spooky fashion has evolved and how much it's remained the same over the years.
1890s

Cabinet photograph of a young woman and five boys in full Halloween costume, Lexington, Oklahoma, circa 1890.

1900s

Portrait of theatre perfomers dressed up, circa 1900s.

1910

A 'coven of witches' line up for a Halloween portrait dressed in festive witch hats and improvised costumes, circa 1910, United States.

1922

October 1922: An apple bobbing game at a Halloween costume party.

1929

Three girls amuse each other with their masked costumes as they prepare for Halloween festivities in the College Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1929.

1930

October 10, 1930: The Hon Mrs Roland Cubitt dressed as 'Three Candles' in a costume made by L & H Nathan Ltd, for the "Pageant Of The Superstitions" in London.

1935

Circa 1935: A costumed woman shakes hands with a life-sized Halloween skeleton decoration hanging on a wall. A paper jack-o'-lantern sits on the floor.

1940

Circa 1940: Four kids join in the fun at a Halloween party in New York City.

1955

Children in costumes arriving at a Halloween party, USA, circa 1955. A sign on the door warns "Beware Ghosts are within!"

1965

Portrait of three people in Halloween costumes as they pose behind a carved pumpkin, 1965.

1969

Oct 1969: Kids trying on costumes that will be for sale at the Secrest Elementary School carnival in Arvada, Colo.

1975

Children wearing Halloween costumes stand in front of a woman's door, trick-or-treating, circa 1975.

1978

October 31, 1978: Nurses from the University of Colorado newborn nursery collect contributions from costumed Halloween night customers at a bar in Denver.

1970s/1980s

Night-time view of participants in elaborate costumes during the annual Halloween Parade, New York, New York, late 1970s or early 1980s.

1997

Spiderwoman-costumed Minnie Mouse welcomes a Japanese girl during Tokyo Disneyland's Happy Halloween Pumpkin Parade on October 31, 1997.

2000s

A child in a pumpkin outfit sitting next to a pumpkin, Halloween, United Kingdom, 2000s.

2009

Stylist Hannah Bhuiya and jeweller Lara Bohinc at the 3rd annual Browns Focus Halloween Party held at the Shepherd's Bush Pavilion, London on October 30, 2009.

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