Popular Halloween Costumes Your Family Members Actually Wore (1950s – 1970s)

Vintage Halloween Costumes Your Relatives Wore in the 50s, 60s and 70s

Popular Halloween Costumes 1950s, 1960s, 1970sHalloween is just around the corner! And while the usual witches, ghosts and cat costumes will certainly make their rounds, you may want to think outside the box and borrow some costume ideas from your relatives who grew up in the 50s, 60s or 70s. And if you celebrated Halloween during any of those decades, you could always revive one of your old costumes to make a unique splash at your next Halloween gathering.

As you flip through old family photo albums to add relatives and their stories to your family tree, you will undoubtedly see that Halloween costumes have changed a lot throughout the years. But one thing is always certain year after year: dressing up for Halloween is fun, no matter your age! Here are just some of our favorite popular and trendy costume ideas from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Popular Vintage Halloween Costumes: 1950s – 1970s

1950s Halloween Costumes

Zorro & The Lone Ranger

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Photo credit: micwoodbu

During the 1950s, the middle class began to grow and many families decided to purchase television sets. This meant that a slew of people wanted to dress as their favorite celebrities and television stars. So, out went some of the witches, devils and ghouls from the 40s to make room for Superman, Zorro and the Lone Ranger. Westerns were also all the rage during the 1950s, so many cowboys and cowgirls were found wandering the streets on Halloween night, begging for candy.

Cowboy & Cowgirl

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Photo credit: tiagrafico

1960s Halloween Costumes

Many young trick-or-treaters and costumed adults in the 1960s opted to throw out the more time-consuming idea of making their own Halloween costumes, and grabbed boxes of rubber and plastic masks, instead (of course others decided that making a costume was the better, more quality option). The Halloween costume market and manufacturing were both booming at the time thanks to the growth of popular culture, so prepackaged plastic costumes were the trend (one that continued well into the 1980s). Some popular 1960s costumes were superheroes like Batman and Batgirl, supervillains such as Catwoman, plus characters from the Flinstones and Star Trek.

 Colonel Sanders, Spiderman & Batman

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Photo credit: Vintage Everyday via americanprofile

Spock from Star Trek

1960s Halloween Costume Spock from Star Trek

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1970s Halloween Costumes

During the 1970s, popular culture could still be seen in Halloween costume trends. Some of the most popular characters people wanted to dress up as were Raggedy Ann, Raggedy Andy, Star Wars characters, Barbie and political figures like Richard Nixon. Princesses, brides, Wizard of Oz and Peanuts characters were also popular with both school-aged children and adults. While some Halloween enthusiasts opted to craft and sew their own costumes during hthe 70s, many others still decided on those unflattering, boxed plastic ones.

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy

1970s Halloween Costumes Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy

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Star Wars Stormtrooper and Bride

1970s Popular Costumes - Bride and Stormtrooper

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Larry Racioppo, NYPL

More Masked Trick-Or-Treaters


1970s Masked Trick or Treaters

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What Halloween costumes from the 50s, 60s and 70s would you add to our list? Let us know on Twitter! Then add your family’s vintage Halloween pictures to your Crestleaf Family Tree for all to see!

Happy Halloween!