From the weird to the creepy and the unexplainable to the bizarre, people back in the day didn't joke around. 

Step right up to see all things downright strange! People were certainly inventive, if not slightly creepy, in the yesteryears. What they lacked in resources, they really made up for in dark imagination and overall weirdness when it came to costumes.

Halloween costumes are nothing new. Early references of the practice go back to Scotland in the 1500s, but it's likely a much older tradition. It was thought that the souls of the dead roam the earth at this time, around the time of the Celtic festival Samhain (and others). People dressed up to either protect themselves from the spooky supernatural that roamed in the night, or to "guise," which was to go door to door asking for food and gifts. Interestingly, we didn't really start using the phrase "trick-or-treat" here in America well into the 1930s or 1940s.

And some of these costumes are definitely more of a "'trick" than a "treat"! If you are still looking for your Halloween get-up, why not try out some of these hair-raisers and headscratchers. You most certainly will be the only one wearing it at the party.

toadstools and gnomie

Just chillin' with my gnomies. Courtesy Imgur. 

eyes costume

I only have eyes for you. Courtesy of Vintage Everyday. 

spoon with me

Thanks for the offer, but I'm good. Courtesy of All Things Interesting.

group costume

The ultimate group costume. Courtesy of

goblins kid

This kid is having The. Worst. Day. Courtesy of All Things Interesting.


To the Batmobile! Courtesy of Imgur. 


Okaaaaaaaay. Courtesy of All Things Interesting. 

tape man

Earl, where'd all the tape go? Courtesy of Mashable.

buzz buzz

Buzz, buzz. Just a bee looking for his flower. Courtesy of Vintage Everyday.


Oh man, who invited the Courtesy of Imgur.

wild things

Nope. Courtesy of Imgur.


Polly want...some eyeholes? Courtesy of


devil kid

I'm pretty sure this is photoshopped, but it's creepy as hell, and I wanted to share the nightmare. Courtesy of Bored Panda.

Which vintage Halloween costume is your favorite? (Or which one scared the living daylights outta you?) Would you wear any of these costumes? Share your thoughts in the comments below! And Happy Halloween!