Thursday, October 22, 2009

1950’s Halloween Costumes and Fun

I found some more delightful and frightful mid-century Halloween photos to share with all of you.

Love the early color photos. Clowns and skeletons seem to be popular here, and is that a pirate and a space man?

Oops hope I didn’t post this one before? Anyways, love the home-made robot costumes! I bet they were the talk of the neighborhood that year:

Looks like these nice ladies are setting up a large snack treat table. I hope they have caramel apples too!

I think this photo has something to do with being safe at night, because it looks like they are wearing reflective tape around their sleeves and pants cuffs. Mickey Mouse and Felix the Cat! Great costumes. Do many of you know who Felix the Cat is?

And how many of you remember these early treat bags? I remember one house handing out these filled with candy. Wow, I couldn’t believe someone would give out not just one piece of candy, but a whole adorable little baggie filled with treats!

Mighty Mouse and maybe the Lone Ranger. I suppose not all of you remember Mighty Mouse either? I must be getting old!

A Halloween parade! Lucky them. I recall a Halloween parade when I was in Kindergarten or maybe it was first grade, parading around in our costumes at the school playground. I was so happy to be a colorful gypsy that year. Do kids do that any more, or have they stopped celebrating Halloween at school?

Goodness! What is that costume with the big head? Any clues? Very creative. And a leopard, bearded cowboy? Knight? Pirate? And Elvis with sideburns? Ha ha I don’t think that is Elvis in blue.

This photo looks a little familiar too, but we don’t mind looking at it again, do we?
Is that the Green Hornet I see, top right? A clown, a spaceman, two, actually, a bunny, the devil and… I can’t tell on the right lol…

Tricks or Treats bag. Looks familiar, I might have had that style of bag way back when:

Other than someone in her pajamas and the overalls (?) made from feed sacks (the burlap kind, not the other kind) and the Halloween decorations in the background, I’m not sure what’s going on here:

Uh oh, who else remembers Zorro? Am I really that old? The best! The Space Ranger in the background is priceless! I forget the name of the hound dog character to the right:

And finally I came across this add for candy bars for Halloween. Who got full sized candy bars? I think I remember only ever getting one, and I’m not sure about that either. Cute ad, Baby Ruths are the best!


  1. i remember 'em all, that dog looks like Droopy dog, maybe? that was a GR8 trip down halloween memory lane! thank you!

  2. Droopy Dog! That's it!

    Thanks, Stefmommie... My memory must be getting old with the rest of me.

  3. girl u stop that talk, u're NOT old, we women get WISER not older... ; ) my nonno used to say "gli pagni sono vechi" (our clothes get old) not us...

  4. lol I like that...

    I don't mind getting old at all...

    Except for the creakin' bones in the morning, it's not a bad thing. =)

    But when you see the things you enjoyed as a kid become "vintage", it reminds you. =O

  5. I decided to embrace the fact that I'm vintage (hence the blog title)--I think it's great that people like my 25 year old niece enjoy reading about and collecting things that I grew up with. Hopefully more readers than just me remember (quite clearly) Zorro and Mighty Mouse! I know all the words to the Mighty Mouse theme song and my favorite MM character was that sexy little number, Krakatoa Katy! P.S.--one reason why those old costumes look so cheesy is because many of them were homemade. Which made you feel like a complete loser when other kids got to have the "store-bought" ones.

  6. Yes, I remember the store-bought ones being the sought-after costumes.

    One year Dad took us to White Front or some similar store and we found these rubber full-head masks cheap, on sale.

    Excited we bought the ugliest ones we could find, and added our own clothes to the rest of the costume.

    Come that special Halloween night, though, we soon discovered why those rubber masks were on sale:

    They got hot and sweaty very quickly inside those masks! It was torture!

    The joke was on us ha ha...

  7. 1950's_atomic_ranch_house, I've only just found your blog (may I call you "atomic"?). Loving it so far, especially this post! I particularly like the two kids dressed up as cardboard robots!

  8. What fun. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

    I just saw some of those treat bags at a shop in the city yesterday. I should have bought one or two. lol

    The robot costumes remind me of the time my SIL made costumes for two of her five boys (yes, I said five). She and her hubby used dryer duct to make the arms and legs. They were great costumes.

  9. Hi, I just found your blog through a mutual follower. Looking at these halloween photos gave me a wonderful nostalgic feeling. I remember being Casper the friendly ghost one year. That plastic mask with the stretching string and the cheap cotton costume. So much fun! I would put it on and try to fly as I jumped off the sofa!!
    Thanks for posting these pics!