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Vintage Halloween WTF-ery

October 27, 2013



Maybe it was the cocaine talkin’, but Halloween costumes took a decidedly creepy turn in the early 20th century. With most costumes made from what was laying around the house — bicycle parts, kitchen cutlery, even empty oil drums — their creativity beats our warmed over witches any year. My era of 70s plastic masks with tiny eye holes and insufficient airways made me look like a weenie compared to these party people.






bat girl


Shrunken heads SMartin


Photo collection of Steve Martin

Skull sisters








Photo collection from Flickr, Tumblr, other assorted sites online missing that final “e.”

Stacey Graham

Stacey is the author of four books and a rag-tag collection of short stories. You can currently find her scaring the pants off of readers with her latest book, Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls, and Other Creepy Collectibles. She intends on returning the pants at a later date. Please visit her at her website at or on Twitter at @staceyigraham.

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16 Responses to Vintage Halloween WTF-ery

  1. October 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    What the HELL are those things supposed to be with the shaggy bear bodies and mutated horse heads? I will not sleep for a week. O.o

    • October 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      My work here is done.

  2. BethB
    October 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    The one near the bottom of the three women? Do NOT look in their attic. They appear far too comfortable in those masks.

  3. Amy
    October 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I’ve got ’em all beat. I went as a CLOWN once!

    • October 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      There’s no need to be gruesome, Amy. THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

  4. October 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Great photos! I think I remember a story in the news about the guy dressed as the chicken. Something involving a case of mistaken identity, a deep fryer and a third grader who thought he had discovered the world’s largest wishbone.

  5. Lisa Dovichi
    October 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Those are totally BOSS costumes!!! But you can’t fool me.. I know it’s Graham family portraits in most of those pictures. Found online, indeed. 😉

    • October 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      I believe you snuck into one of those costumes as well, girlie. 😉

  6. October 28, 2013 at 2:30 am

    You’re sure those are from Halloween …? 😉

    • October 28, 2013 at 9:04 am

      They may be from my family reunion — I’ll never tell. 😉

  7. Kathy Minicozzi
    October 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I like the people looking through the holes in the sheet and the guy with the buffalo head.

    • October 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      The detail in the buffalo head and the rooster are outstanding. I keep wondering what the sheet people are up to?

  8. October 27, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I like the chicken/rooster. I don’t know if this guy had natural padding or what, but he looks like he is plump and ready to cook! LOL

    • October 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      I thought that was a quite impressive costume too. I wonder if he was a morning person? #cockadoodledoo

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