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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

1900s

Portrait of theatre perfomers dressed up, circa 1900s.
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1910

1922

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.
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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.
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1940

1955

Children in costumes arriving at a Halloween party, USA, circa 1955. A sign on the door warns "Beware Ghosts are within!"
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1965

Portrait of three people in Halloween costumes as they pose behind a carved pumpkin, 1965.
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1969

1975

Children wearing Halloween costumes stand in front of a woman's door, trick-or-treating, circa 1975.
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1978

1970s/1980s

Night-time view of participants in elaborate costumes during the annual Halloween Parade, New York, New York, late 1970s or early 1980s.
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1997

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