Halloween has evolved over the past century. Dressing up has always been a passion for some, and a fun break from reality for others. Some prefer simple get-ups with masks and capes, and others take pride in more intense looks, making cosplay a household term.
In this post, you will see the dramatic evolution of costuming through the decades.
1950’s and Earlier
Clowns, ghosts, pumpkins and cowboys were common themes for Halloween costumes up through the 1950’s. Occasionally, you’d wear a mask, and every time that mask was worn, it would terrify the people looking at pictures of it 50+ years later.
The 1960’s introduced color photos, meaning that clown makeup only horrified people slightly instead of completely terrorizing their dreams. Check out the Batman costume in this gallery. If you see the Batman costume we have available today, you’ll see that we’ve come a long way.
With residents of Sesame Street and a few new superheroes, the costumes of licensed characters seemed to become a more popular trend in the ’70’s. None hotter, though, than everybody’s favorite Jedi Warriors and Sith Lords, though. Star Wars debuted in 1977, of course.
The fun trend of heroes from TV and movies continued into the 1980’s, as our search introduced us to a ton of homemade costumes portraying E.T. and the Ghostbusters. We’re pretty partial to that Ziggy Stardust costume, though.
The 1990’s could very well be considered the Renaissance Era for costuming, as tons of new characters were introduced through the media, and kids everywhere wanted to emulate them. Personas like Buzz Lightyear and Ghostface from Scream were just a few.
The first decade into the new Milennium brought both higher-quality cameras and higher-quality costumes. A lot of different looks resurfaced into the 2000’s, though, as we saw reincarnations of The Joker, as well as new characters like The Incredibles and Captain Jack Sparrow.
We could have just said the word Frozen and been done with the 2010’s, but there’s still another half-decade to go! Anna and her Ice Princess sister Elsa have been joined in good company these past few Halloweens by the Minions and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
If you’re looking to emulate any of the styles from decades past, Wholesale Halloween Costumes is the place to go. Whether you want to look like the gangsters and flappers, a Pink Lady or if you want to take on any number of the personas from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, Wholesale Halloween Costumes can take you back in time!