October 29, 2011Twelve Fun Vintage Halloween Costume Ideas From Adorable To Hilarious
Have you decided on a Halloween costume yet? I would like to say that Tom and I have absolutely perfect vintage Mad Men costumes that we are going to prance around and hand out candy to bewildered children in but, when you dress like it’s the 1960’s normally, it makes for a pretty boring Halloween costume. So, we have decided to catapult into the modern age and dress as Finn and Beemo from Adventure Time. Honestly, they aren’t fancy costumes. They are really just t-shirts that I bought from Threadless. But hey, what kind of holiday would Halloween be if you couldn’t dress up as your favorite cartoon character?
But if you DON’T have a costume yet, may I offer this humble selection of vintage Halloween costumes? If you work really hard, you just might get them made in time for trick-or-treating.
1. A cowboy riding a horse. Genius!
2. A Surrey With The Fringe On Top.
3. A bird…who’s outgrown her cage.
A great costume for an overactive child you need to keep tabs on.
As another hilarious side note, the arrow you see points to a little “feed tray” that is supposed to be filled with jelly bean “bird seeds’.” The instructions state: If the bird can’t eat the seeds, the other guests at the party can and will enjoy them.
Which sounds vaguely threatening to me.
Or you could go an easier route, like these costumes from the October 1947 issue of The Rotarian. No instructions for these, but I think you guys are smart enough to wing it.
4. Hula girls and their servicemen.
Here is a mess of kids in costumes from a children’s party. My favorite are:
5. The Lone Ranger
6. A Garden Gnome
More costumes from an December 1946 issue of the Rotarian, including:
7. A Dutch Couple.
Back to Popular Mechanics, the November 1934 issue, for some more great costumes with instructions.
8. A Walking Tent (!)
9. A Robot.
10. Alarm clock
11. A Gladiator
And a…12. A potato sack.
Remember: Walk by Keeping Feet Spread Apart.
Otherwise, you are totally screwed.
Stay tuned for mid-century Halloween party planning tips on Monday AND a special early Mid-Century Menu with kids’ Halloween Party Food from Betty Crocker!