Monday, 29 October 2012

Vintage Voodoo

With the horrors of war still lingering, perhaps it was an inherent response to the cataclysmic upheavals of the previous decade; an empathy with violence, chaos and bloodshed, or a much needed distraction. Maybe, they just really got into the spirit of this frightful night...Either way, in the 1920s, Halloween costumes were on a whole other level of creepy.

Buried behind full body costumes and faces masqueraded by haunting, expressionless masks, these costumes are nothing less than terrifying. A far cry from the playful pumpkins and bats that frequent today's Halloween theatrics. Dehumanising their wearer, they almost look a bit cult-ish. These must surely be some of the earliest Halloween photographs too!

If you're stuck for ideas, how about this cute adult cat costume...?


All images sourced via pinterest

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