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.

Just chillin' with my gnomies.

toadstools and gnomie
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I only have eyes for you.

eyes costume
Courtesy of Vintage Everyday

Thanks for the offer, but I'm good.

spoon with me
Courtesy of All Things Interesting

The ultimate group costume.

group costume
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This kid is having The. Worst. Day.

goblins kid
Courtesy of All Things Interesting

To the Batmobile!

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Courtesy of All Things Interesting 

Earl, where'd all the tape go? 

tape man
Courtesy of Mashable

Buzz, buzz. Just a bee looking for his flower. 

buzz buzz
Courtesy of Vintage Everyday

Oh man, who invited the aardvarks ... er ... weasels ... er ... wtf? 

Courtesy of Imgur


wild things
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Polly want ... some eyeholes? 

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

devil kid
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!