These Creepy Vintage Halloween Costumes Will Give You Nightmares

By on October 1, 2013

Creepy vintage Halloween costumes c. 1910

Long ago, before the glossy scourge of prepackaged superheros and princess costumes, Halloween brought ghouls and goblins into the night, terrorizing the neighborhood with their fiendish cackling and unholy demands for candy.

In volume one of the Cult of Weird vintage Halloween costume roundup we explore the bizarre intersection of Halloween and technology where cameras collided with a unique era of DIY costume making. This momentous occasion has given us a seemingly endless pool of strange, creepy and sometimes hilarious vintage Halloween costume photos to puzzle over on the internet.

A vintage Halloween costume c. 1865

Weird Halloween costume couple

Creepy vintage halloween costume

Creepy vintage halloween costume

Creepy vintage halloween costume

Creepy vintage alien halloween costume

Creepy vintage halloween costume

Creepy vintage halloween chicken costume

Creepy vintage halloween costumes

Creepy vintage halloween costume from Germany, 1920

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    Patrick Sullivan

    October 1, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    dude in the rooster costume is widely believed to be Aleister Crowley

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    August 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    In fact, the man in a bee costume is an opera singer in the role of Jupiter disguised as a bee, in Jacques Offenbach’s “Orphée aux Enfers”.

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    Liz Howard-Alexander

    October 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Very odd. Some of them I can’t guess at. lol

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    dana kulllmann

    October 12, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Okay, okay, I admit to having some fun in the 60s, but take a look at the 3rd one down, look at her skirt and scroll up and down…. Is it just me?

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