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Scary Halloween Costumes Through The Decades (In Pictures)

by Cara

When Halloween first began to be celebrated in the US, it was common practice for most people to make their own costume. Rags, paper mache and animal fur was often used in these early examples of costumes. Of course, fast forward to 2016 and virtually every costume imaginable is available – even if some (like this sexy Jason), probably shouldn’t be.

Halloween Costumes Through The Decades have undergone huge changes, so here’s a glimpse into how Halloween has been celebrated through the decades, with a look at the changing times of Halloween costumes.

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Early 1900s, a teacher in a paper mask stands with Halloween decorations

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1910s, a group of ladies dressed as a witches coven

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1920s, Ohio students in costume

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1920s,  Halloween party-goers bobbing for apples in witches costumes

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1930s, the first mass produced costumes appear – like this Mickey Mouse

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1930s, Bat costume

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1940s, Trick or Treating

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The ‘sexy’ Halloween costume first showed up in the mid-1940s

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1950s, Childrens costumes

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1950s, Homemade Batman costume

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1950s, Plastic masks rose in popularity in this decade

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1965, three people in rubber masks

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Late 1960s, Batman, Spiderman and KFC mass produced masks

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1971, Children’s Halloween parade

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1974, Monster and skeleton costumes

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Early 1980s, Pumpkin people

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1984, New York children on Halloween

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1985, Monsters and Minnie

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Early 1990s, Trick or Treaters

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1990s, Clinton masks were popular

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2001, Monster Mash

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