How Scary Halloween Costumes Looked Like Before

Posted on 17 November 2010 Crni

Another Halloween has passed by, another night with scary costumes and trick or treats. Every store has its own creepy and unique costumes, and the variety is huge. But how did Halloween costumes look a century ago? The thing is that they did not only dress up for Halloween back then, but for different masquerades, Valentine’s Day, New Years Eve and several other holidays. Social clubs often threw a masquerade party for their guests with no special reason. Here is a selection of old photographs showing how they dressed up back then.

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Masked woman with roller skates ready for Halloween in 1910.

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A ghost costume on Halloween night in a U.S. schoolhouse in 1905.

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Two blindfolded children playing a Halloween game, 1900.

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A witch-clown on Halloween 1910.

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Women dressed in witch costumes poses for the camera, 1910.

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Two dressed up girls smiling and dancing a Halloween dance, 1918.

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Via National Geographic.

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Tony Says:

    There were Nazi’s back in 1918?

  2. TomVee Says:

    No Tony, there were Swastikas back then but Hitler had yet to rise to power. In 1918, a swastika was a totally inoccuous symbol.

  3. Elder Says:

    The swastika was actually a symbol of good faith until the Nazis took it and ruined it for everybody.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_use_of_the_Swastika_in_the_early_20th_century

  4. Steve Says:

    No, in 1918 the symbol did not have the same meaning it has now. It was originally an indian good luck symbol, then the Nazis stole it.

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