Halloween's First Costumes


Halloween costumes have come a long way since the 1930’s. Originally a Celtic holiday that ended summer and marked the beginning of winter months, Halloween was the one day a year that spirits were allowed to pass through from the spirit world. In order to ward off evil spirits dressing up in costumes similar to the evil spirits became a way protect oneself from harm. Costumes started to become popular in the 1930’s.

Pirates, gypsies, and masquerade costumes were very popular.

McCalll\’s Patterns for the time period included elaborate historical costumes and vintage Mardi Gras and clown costumes:

Just like today, the first Halloween costumes were inspired by popular movies literature, and good old imagination:

The Household’s costume ideas (1927)

P.G. Wodehouse’s Right Ho, Jeeves (1934)

A 1922 Guide for Vintage Decorating and Entertaining at Halloween and Thanksgiving (10th Edition)(Paperback)

Even Vintage Vogue and Dolce Gabbana inspired costumes:

Dolce Gabbana 1930

Horst P.Horst Photo 1939 Vogue

Perspective by Amanda Holst

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