Vintage Halloween Costumes Your Grandparents Wore
October 24, 2019 - by Briana Taylor
If you’ve never asked your grandma or grandpa what they wore for Halloween, you’re missing out. Sometimes we think that all those old photos are stiff and unsmiling, but hidden among your ancestors’ memories, you might find some great ideas for vintage Halloween costumes.
Many people today put a lot of money and effort into their costumes, but our grandparents and great-grandparents often did costumes the old-fashioned way—by hand and with great care.
Some of the old costumes below are very authentic looking, while others are fun, cute, or silly. Whether you are looking for costume ideas or just a fun Halloween read, we hope you enjoy these costumes we found in FamilySearch Memories!
18th Century Vintage Costumes, about 1900
What is more vintage than a costume from the 1700s? If you like colonial and old European styles, you will appreciate the effort this couple went to for their Halloween parties. Evelyn and her companion sported these delightfully authentic, vintage Halloween costumes at a Halloween party and masquerade ball around 1900.
Prize-Winning Costumes, 1920s
If you’re going to go all-out on your Halloween costume, you ought to be rewarded. Both of these ladies from the 1920s won prizes for their lovingly-made costumes. Dressing up in avian splendor and impersonating “Night” itself, each shows off her creativity and attention to detail.
So, now’s the time. If you want to know what your ancestors wore for Halloween, ask your mom, dad, grandparents, and other relatives if they have pictures—and don’t forget to take some of your own!