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The Evolution of Halloween (87 pics)

Posted in Lifestyle » Retro   27 Oct 2011   / 7837 views

Halloween costumes have changed dramatically over the decades. They have become more risqué and grosser in some accounts. See what Halloween looked like in the ‘20s, ‘40s and ‘50s.


In 1945, This Is a Witch

In 2009, This Is Harry Potter

Gory in 1956

Gory in 2002

Coven of Witches in 1911

Coven of Wiccans in 2006

Sexy Witch in 1925

Sexy Witch in 2005

Beggars Are a Popular Theme in 1948

It's All Princesses and Superheroes in 2002

Halloween Dance in 1927

Halloween Dance in 2005

Spooky Greetings Back in the Day

Spooky Greetings in 2003

Picking Out a Pumpkin in 1953

Picking Out a Pumpkin in 2000

Buying Halloween Supplies in 1940

Buying Halloween Supplies in 2010

Pumpkin Carving in 1925

Pumpkin Carving ... Underwater ... in 2009

Little Witch in 1935

Little Witch in 2006

Basic Black in 1910

Witchy White in 2007

Trick-or-Treaters at the Door in 1960

Trick-or-Treaters at the Door in 2005

Let Us In!

Everyone Loves a Halloween Bunny, 1955

Everyone Loves Halloween Bunnies, 2001

Halloween Party in a Cave, 1958

Halloween Party in a Moon Bounce, 2006

Your Basic Skeleton Back in the Day

This Skeleton's Got More Meat on Its Bones in 2004

Give Us Candy ... 1955

... Or We'll Shoot! 2006

Indoor Jack O' Lantern in 1955

Inside a Jack O' Lantern in 2003

Your Basic Bag Mask in 1955

Your Basic Face Mask in 2010

Sexy Halloween in 1945

Sexy Halloween in 2010

Receiving Candy in an Orderly Fashion in 1960

Mad Grab to Divide the Loot in 2005

Wee Jack O' Lantern in 1962

Ginormous Jack O'Lantern in 2005

Apple Bobbing in 1922

Apple Bobbing in 1935

Apple Bobbing in 1945

Apple Bobbing in 2006

Fancy Costume in the 1970s

Fancy Costume in 2010

Doggy Disguise in 1945

Doggie Disguise in 2011

Flying Free in 1955

Crowded Skies in 2011

Mischief Night Means Soap Back in the Day

Mischief Night Means TP in 2009

Halloween Games in 1935

Halloween Games in 2010

Presidential Halloween in 1963

Presidential Halloween in 2009

Simple Halloween Headdress in 1955

Elaborate Halloween Headdress in 2010

Dad's Mandatory Halloween Picture in the 1940s

The Halloween Lineup in 2002

I Love This Pumpkin So Much! 1915

I Love This Pumpkin So Much! 2010

Trick-or-Treating in 1979

Trick-or-Treating in 2005

Elaborate Costume in 1930

Elaborate Costume (and Heidi Klum) in 2010

Clowns and Conical Hats in 1965

Conical Hats and Candy in 2008

Lil Devil in 1944

How a Box Is Used on Halloween in 2005

How a Box Is Used on Halloween in 1955

Lil Devil in 2009

Ringing the Doorbell in 1975

Ringing the Doorbell in 2005

Taking It Outside in 1929

Taking It Outside in 2006

Bending Genders on Halloween in 1950

Bending Genders on Halloween in 2004

Halloween Shenanigans in 1940

Halloween Shenanigans in 2006

Sixties Halloween in 1960

Sixties Halloween in 2010

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Comments (7):

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lolzz 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I skip Halloween..
i love all those old halloween pictures
eco26 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Isn't 21 Judy Garland??
jubyp0b 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
kewl 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
#83, you can make out the girl's nipple
Bob 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
They should've done a little more research on #50. Then maybe they would've realized that picture is only famous because the woman was murdered and that guy is thought to have known who did it. Kind of a strange picture to include in an otherwise sweet collage.