These Charming Vintage Halloween Photos Will Give You All the Warm Fuzzies

Hello, nostalgia! These cute Halloween costume pics might make you long for the past.

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Bride and groom (1950)

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"In 1950, when I was three years old, I was the bride and my sister Earleen, 6, was the groom in this Halloween photo taken in Redmond, Oregon," writes Linda Arensmeier Rud of Juneau, Alaska. "We won first place in a local costume contest. My mother, Tonie Arensmeier, made the outfits, and we played with them until they were in shreds."

Bunny (1950)

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Hopping back to Halloween 1950, here’s a photo of a bunny costume from Dolores Sabia of Carlstadt, New Jersey. “My dad worked for the Passaic Rubber Co. and made the carrot by dyeing and shaping some rubber,” she writes.

Ghosts (1954)

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"In 1954, we lived on 42nd Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My mother must have had some old sheets to spare, as she made me and my older brother, Ken, ghost costumes for Halloween," writes Patricia Kasbohm Sohley of Fishers, Indiana. "All went well until my brother donned his costume—I hadn’t seen him put the costume on, so I refused to pose next to him for a photograph until I made sure that it was really him under that sheet. After taking a peek under it, I was satisfied and posed alongside him. Let the trick-or-treating begin!"

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A bandit, a ghoul, and a cowpoke (1956)

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A seafaring bandit, a bloodsucking ghoul and a cowpoke were ready to head out in search of Halloween loot in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1956. “I’m the vampire in the middle, my brother Terry is the pirate and our cousin Jeff Alexander is the cowboy,” says Ron Holley of Chandler, Arizona. “We were sometimes disappointed we couldn’t wear more than the masks when the weather got too cold.”

Cowboy (1957)

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Two-year-old Steve was a straight shooter in this 1957 photo. Back then, many little buckaroos dreamed of being just like Roy Rogers. —Olga Wolfe, Albany, Wisconsin

Roman centurion (1960)

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"My brother is six years younger than I am and has always enjoyed dressing up. I was his costume designer when we were young," writes Heather Anderson of Buffalo, New York. "In 1960, at age eight, my brother was a Roman centurion. We made the kilt and cape from an old red tablecloth and the helmet from gold-painted papier-mâché. The dagger was real, but my father would let him hold it only while we took the photos."

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Pharaoh (1962)

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In 1962, when Heather Anderson's brother was 10, he dressed as a pharaoh: A T-shirt, a couple of dish towels, miscellaneous bits of jewelry, and some creative bending of metal rods created the look.

An astronaut, a princess, and a ghostly baseball player (1969)

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“We wore winter clothing to go trick-or-treating in Milwaukee on this cold October afternoon in 1969,” says Reminisce Art Director Cheryl Michalek. “My brother Chris’ snowsuit doubled as a space suit after my mom, Judy, put a NASA sticker on it. One of Mom’s nighties served as a princess dress for me, and our friend Bruce Alberts layered up as a ghoulish ballplayer. I remember how those masks mashed our noses, and the eyeholes never seemed to line up right!”

Milk carton (late 1970s)

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"Being a single mom, and raising my daughter, Erin, on a very tight budget, I needed to be creative with her Halloween costumes," writes Lisa O'Brien of Campbell Hall, New York. "Our town of Hicksville, New York, had a children’s Halloween party, and almost every year, Erin would win the prize for most original costume. It rained the year she dressed up as the milk container, but she stayed nice and dry inside her cardboard carton. I fashioned the costumes so that she could wear a coat underneath and stay warm while she collected her goodies trick-or-treating."

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Flower power (late 1970s)

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Another example of Lisa O'Brien's creative, budget-friendly costumes for her daughter, Erin.

Clowns (1979)

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“These two happy clowns, who surprised me on Halloween 1979, are my grandsons Matthew and Eric Redden, ages 7 and 5, respectively,” says B.J. Redden of Holyoke, Massachusetts. “As you can see, Matt got into the Halloween spirit by losing a couple of teeth right before the holiday.”


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