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I’ve been Daphne from Scooby Doo, my friends have been chairs, Bob Ross, and everything else imaginable that could be turned into a costume. This modern phenomenon of dressing as something interesting or weird has taken over our lives on October 31st. Through the ages, people have come up with immensely creative costume ideas tracing all the way back to the nineteenth century. For example, a simple black pointy hat, a black dress, and wart, and you’d be all set to be a witch.

In countries like Scotland, on Halloween night, costumed beggars were known as skeklets. But in the United States, dressing in a disguise became popularized in the late 1800’s. Some of the most popular costumes of today include Star Wars characters, princesses, or superheroes. However, the factory-made costumes that we know of today didn’t start being designed until the 1950’s. Above are some of those beloved, vintage Halloween costumes.

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