If you think Halloween is scary now, have a quick search on google for 1800’s Halloween costumes or vintage Halloween costumes and you’ll quickly change your mind because Halloween was absolutely chilling back then, though probably not intentionally.
People often made costumes from whatever they had around and the results were seriously creepy. From adults to kids, these costumes might inspire you if you want to dress up as something super scary this year, otherwise they just might scare the wits out of you. If nothing else, now you know where horror films go for inspiration LOL.
Vintage Halloween Costumes that Will Scare the Crap Out of You!
If you make your Halloween mask from scratch and wear old clothing, it’s super scary, no?
Little kids in creepy masks. It’s giving me the chills.
And this scary gem of a family photo. Why the hell is it so DARK?!
Interesting Facts About Halloween in America:
Halloween was mostly celebrated in the south, often mixing with Native American harvest celebrations, due to the largest European immigration population. Because of the large Protestant communities in the northern colonies, Halloween wasn’t celebrate much in the north until much later.
A large influx of Irish immigrants to America in the mid-1800’s helped Halloween become more widespread.
Scottish immigrants celebrated Halloween traditionally by telling ghost stories, making mischief, with fireworks, and playing games.
Bobbing for apples (also called dooking), fortune telling with saucers also called Puicini,and pulling pranks on one another.
Apparently it wasn’t until the mid-1900’s that they began what we know as “trick or treating” where children go door to door to ask for treats. The reason was because people often used Halloween as an excuse for violence and criminal activity (KKK would often do things) and pulling pranks began to get too out of hand with physical assaults and/or vandalism. This often lead to arrests and other conflict so trick or treating and parties were proposed as an alternative.
Young women were advised on Halloween that if they stood in a dark room and looked into a mirror, the face of their future husbands would appear, but if a skull appeared, they would die before marriage.
English observance of Guy Fawkes Day on November 5th became entwined with Halloween which was initially what led to children pulling pranks.
It wasn’t until the 1900’s that Halloween transitioned from a religious/spiritual holiday to one of communal celebration with a brighter viewpoint. Bright costumes were worn and parties were held.