29 Halloween Costumes Best Left In History

last modified Oct 31, 2017 by Daniel Pinna
posted Oct 27, 2015 by Daniel Pinna
While witches, ghosts and vampires are commonplace Halloween costumes today, I bet you won't recognize many of the costumes our ancestors dressed in. Spooky, silly, homemade, and store bought - these photos show the creative Halloween costumes from previous decades. How many of these costumes do you recognize? How we celebrate Halloween today has changed over the past 100 years - most notably with the prevalence of manufactured costumes - but the activities have remained the same: Dressing up in costume, begging for candy while trick or treating, partying until you drop, and scaring each other!

History of Halloween: Originally celebrated as Samhain (the beginning of a New Year for the Celts), in the melting pot of the United States Halloween has grown to a mixture of celebrating Hallow's Eve, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and the Day of the Dead, creating a holiday for children and adults to dress up and party. Children party with candy, adults with . . . well, you know!

Welcome to Halloween!

A studio photo from around the turn of the century - we thought that this was the perfect Halloween photo!

Creepy family!

There's something about these homemade costumes from the '20's and '30's that are creepier than anything today!

Adult Halloween party - they are scary in their own way!

A giant mosquito on a bike?

This would be especially spooky in Florida!

1930's or '40's? We know that they're homemade costumes.

There's a clown, a farmer, a mechanic, a Robin Hood, and I think that one child on the bottom right was pretending to be the pope?

Look at those masks!

Another homemade mask . . .

That would scare the daylights out of us!

Watch out pirates - there's a skeleton stalking you!

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