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The 10 Creepiest Vintage Halloween Pics…Ever

 

At Halloween Alliance, we LOVE creepy. But when we researched vintage Halloween images, we got a little more than we bargained for. Come along with us on a spooky journey into a much darker past than you may have imagined. But beware: when it came to preying on fears, kids weren’t spared anything in the good ol’ days. (Anything.)

Yeah…we’re going to go ahead and consider this an overprotective parenting fail. It doesn’t seem like those harnesses did a whole lot of good. But hell (sorry), at least they’re together, right? Forever…

Women: you’re probably okay. Men: run. Dear God, run. Save yourselves. That isn’t a Men’s Room, right? …right?

You can’t MAKE us say it. No. Seriously. You can’t. So just forget about it. We aren’t going to…Oh, okay, fine. What a cute little devil. Satisfied?

There really aren’t enough underwear changes in the world to get through just one viewing of this adorbs little vintage gem.

Yeah, we know. “Grownup doll” costumes are supposed to be peek-a-boo and flirty and adorbs and…not freakin’ terrifying. But…then there’s this. By the way, she’s (or is it a fella?) HOLDING a doll, too. And it’s…looking at her. We’re pretty sure of it. (Don’t go to sleep, lady…okay?)

That isn’t the car Michael Myers used to escape from the asylum, is it? We kind of think it is. We kind of feel worried right now. We’re kind of wondering whether this li’l guy ever saw 1959.

Sure, Halloween is all about hiding, but we’re wondering what “the teacher” (air-quotes, meaningful nod) is indoctrinating this masked little bunch into. And what she’s instructed them to unleash on the town while it’s peacefully sleeping in cozy beds.

We don’t remember the Black Death breaking out any time during the 20th century but just in case it were to pop up, these kids were ready. Plus, they had a sailor and some dude with a cone to help out in case…Okay, we’ve lost the plot on this one. Anyway…happy Halloween, strangely wrapped kiddies.

Isn’t it weird which one of these two is crying?

…but no one heard little Timmy’s whimpers in the night whenever the closet door creaked open, slowly, so very slowly, almost tauntingly, the soft snick, snick of the razor prickling his ears…nor did they seem to notice the hollow look in his eyes. But one day…yes, one day the town would come to regret…Be right back, we feel a movie plot coming on.

 

A Very Vintage Halloween: Hauntin’ it Old-School

 

Vintage means different things to different people. When it comes to Halloween, “vintage” may refer to the time period the person grew up (say, the 60s or the 80s), a culturally nostalgic time such as World War II or the Victorian era, or simply an “old” look and feel.

Therefore, we’re glad to bring you ideas that cover a range of time periods. You may remember them or your parents might wax nostalgic about them, but either way, everyone loves vintage – so enjoy and make this Halloween a blast from the past!

Biestle: The Cardboard Cutout Gold Standard

Biestle cutouts

Beistle is the ironic name for a Halloween hang-up decorations franchise that you may remember from the 60s, 70s or 80s. The name might not ring a bell – but once you see these traditional cardboard cutouts, we guarantee you’ll be transported into the past.

The company still offers the decor you remember at rock-bottom low pricing. Find great iconic decorations at Amazon, ebay or at beistle.com.

 

The Candy You Remember: Have a Bite!

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Mmmmmmmm! Long ago, we settled for stale wax lips, phony cigarettes and “Sips” of pure glucose – and we loved them!

If you think you can’t re-live the experience, think again. Nostalgic candy is big business, and dozens of retailers offer the insta-cavity makers you remember. Try these locales:

monster mashMusic: Step Into the Past to Set a Mood

Nothing transports a person into a specific time or past event like music. Playing the Halloween favorites from your childhood will set an instant mood. Set up a playlist or buy a ready-made CD and rock out at your vintage Halloween party.

A few Halloween song classics include:

  • Monster Mash (Bobby “Boris” Pickett)
  • The Purple People Eater (Sheb Wooley)
  • Love Potion No. 9 (The Clovers)
  • Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)
  • Thriller (Michael Jackson)
  • Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
  • Spooky (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr.)
  • Tubular Bells (theme to The Exorcist) (Mike Oldfield)
  • Devil Woman (Cliff Richard)
  • The Devil Went Down to Georgia (The Charlie Daniels Band)
  • Time Warp (Richard O’Brien)
  • I Put a Spell On You (Nina Simone)
  • Dragula (Rob Zombie)
  • Somebody’s Watching Me (Rockwell)
  • Black Magic Woman (Santana)
  • Witchy Woman (Eagles)

Classic Posters Create a Retro Atmosphere

Classic horror movie retro posters can be had at a steal (as long as they’re repros and not originals). Hang up posters of The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Fly, Dracula, Frankenstein, and traditional Halloween icons such as Elvira, The Munsters and The Addams Family.

Ebay and Amazon carry them, as do big box sellers such as allposters.com.

Vintage Invitations for Your Halloween Bash

halloween postcard
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Google vintage Halloween postcards, download and paste text into the body to invite your friends to your amazing Halloween bash.

Don’t forget to tell your guests to come in the vintage attire of their choice, and make this one Halloween that will go down in history!