The pandemic has left many scaling back on typical Halloween festivities, but that doesn’t mean people will skip the opportunity to dress up. Need some ideas? Take a trip back in time to revisit creepy vintage Halloween costumes, they may inspire your next costume — or your next nightmare.
These vintage Halloween costumes aren’t your typical, expensive, bagged up varieties you’d find at Target or local costume superstore — that’s what makes them so haunting.
No Marvel superheroes or Disney princesses here, just pure, homemade terror. Keep clicking for more frights.
Masked Children at Every Corner
We definitely wouldn’t want to turn the corner late at night to see any of these ominous mask-wearing children looking up at us.
We’re not sure what’s more surprising — parents getting their kids to wear masks, or parents being okay with their sweet little ones looking like this for a night.
Before fancy fabrications, it seems that the easiest way to freak people out was with the eyes. See for yourself…
The Eyes Have It…
Are the bulging eyes scarier? Or are the sunken eyes more terrifying? We’ll let you decide on this one.
Eyes are one thing, but there’s something even more frightening about a grown adult donning a baby mask and milk bottle. Who knew?
Also popular? Fictional characters…
Works of Fiction
There’s always been something a little off about the Mad Hatter. This Halloween costume’s take on the iconic character captures it perfectly.
There’s no place like home, right? Well, if anyone like this Dorothy costume is waiting, we don’t think we want to go home after all.
It is true — the longer you stare, the more you find to get creeped out about.
Another theme? Pointy hats…
Pointy Hats Aren’t Just for Witches
Pointy hats were all the rage at one point in time.
See? Pointy hats were a stape for many, and not just in Witch costumes.
Seriously, some of these creepy vintage Halloween costumes make Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers look like saints.
And speaking of ghosts…
Questionable and Creepy
While this vintage Halloween costume is definitely leaving us asking “What is this even supposed to be?”, we’re frightened regardless of the answer.
This costume looks like it could be straight out of the recent “Ghost Photoshoot” trend that took over social media. That doesn’t make it any less creepy, however.
While furry friends are supposed to be cute and cuddly, these masks are anything but.
Imagine coming home and seeing this propped up in the corner of your bedroom. Nightmare fuel? You’re welcome.
If you have a fear of bugs, this vintage Halloween costume will take your fear to the extreme.
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