People of the past brought their creepy A-game to Halloween.

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-
leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Deliver us!

I'm pretty sure this traditional Scottish prayer was written purely about the random vintage costumes below. From looking at these nightmare-inducing photos, one thing's for sure: our ancestors were obsessed with huge heads, pillowcases, and general creepiness. 

One of these things is not like the others. 

Vintage Halloween Costumes
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Is it a rabbit, or your worst nightmare?

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What is this, Stitch school? And why is there always one super creepy kid with a giant noggin (far right)?

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Uber creepy. And I'm talking about the princess mask. Also, I had that mask. 

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Just waiting with her sacrifice to the Great Pumpkin like a good little girl. 

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Creepy McGee didn't really fit in with the other kids at school. I'm more concerned about the kids here than the costumes. 

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You are what you eat. 

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Yep, kids are officially walking nightmares.

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Pumpkinhead's daughter will have her revenge. 

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There's always that one clown that ruins it for everyone.

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Just give them ALL the candy. 

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Rumor on the interwebs is that two of these people aren't among the living.

Vintage Halloween Costumes
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The exact moment that Carl was scarred for life. 

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I've got nothin'.

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Your future looks bleak, very bleak. 

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That's one skeleton that needs to be locked in the closet. 

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File these costumes under "Things That Can't be Unseen." Sleep tight, my friends.