spotlight 50 historical (and sometimes creepy) photos from Halloweens past Oct 30, 2017 0 Facebook Twitter Email Print Save From the spooky to the adorable and sometimes just weird, here's a glimpse into Halloweens past, from 1939-1997. 1939: Stringing Them Along Buy Now One of the games played at every Halloween party is eating, or rather, trying to eat apple suspended on a string with your hand behind you. They were few of the children of New York's Little Italy who were guests at the Annual Halloween Party sponsored by the Children's Aid Society in New York, Oct. 25, 1939. (AP Photo) AP 1942: WWII England London American Nurses Club Buy Now Mary Woevodsky, English girl on the staff of the American Nurses Club, ties the chin ribbons for Captain Raymond J. Goodhart of Arlington, Va., at the Gala Halloween party staged by the club in London, England, Oct. 11, 1942. (AP Photo) Anonymous 1943: USO NYC HALLOWEEN PARTY U.S. servicemen bob for apples with their USO hostess companions during a Hallowe'en party hosted by the tenants of a 14-story cooperative apartment building in Beekman Place in New York City, Nov. 1, 1943. (AP Photo) ASSOCIATED PRESS 1962: Halloween Festival Buy Now Pictured here is the Halloween festival in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 20, 1962. Nearly everyone turns out to watch the parade, and thousands are on hand to watch the show that launches it at the Palma Stadium. Another 7,000 or more school children take part in a youngsters' parade and there is breakfast for 2,000 costumed citizens. (AP Photo) Anonymous 1962: Halloween Festival Buy Now Pictured here is the Halloween festival in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 20, 1962. Nearly everyone turns out to watch the parade, and thousands are on hand to watch the show that launches it at the Palma Stadium. Another 7,000 or more school children take part in a youngsters' parade and there is breakfast for 2,000 costumed citizens. (AP Photo) Anonymous 1962: Halloween Festival Buy Now Pictured here are children preparing for the Halloween festival in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 20, 1962. Nearly everyone turns out to watch the parade, and thousands are on hand to watch the show that launches it at the Palma Stadium. Another 7,000 or more school children take part in a youngsters' parade and there is breakfast for 2,000 costumed citizens. (AP Photo) Anonymous 1964: Bewitched Buy Now Pictured here is the inside of a pumpkin, all set up for Halloween with a candle, Oct. 20, 1964. The three youngsters whose eyes are looking from the other side see a 180 degree fisheye camera and a cut out in the back of the pumpkin. (AP Photo/Ruben Goldberg) Rueben Goldberg 1964: Hair Raising Halloween Buy Now An unidentified girl reads a hair-raising story on a pre-Halloween night in New York, Oct. 20, 1964. (AP Photo/Ruben Goldberg) Ruben Goldberg 1965: Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil Buy Now These jack-o-lanterns offer Dickie Clark, 13, of St. Paul a stern warning to mind his manners on Halloween, Oct. 29, 1965. (AP Photo) Anonymous 1966: Adams Buy Now With the help of some fake teeth and multiple exposures, New York AP photographer Eddie Adams' daughter Susan is transformed into a little ghoul on Halloween night, Oct. 31, 1966. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams) Eddie Adams 1966: Comic Strips Come Alive Buy Now Comic strips come alive this Halloween as Batman, the Green Hornet, Superman and a host of other comic strip characters are getting geared up for a one-night stand Oct. 31. At least according to costume makers who say that the comics are providing most of the ideas for this year's kiddy getup. Here a group of small fries warm-up for the big night in Oakland, N. J., Oct. 14, 1966. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams) Eddie Adams 1966: Halloween Buy Now Kids in Halloween costumes are seen through a fisheye lens, Oct. 31, 1966. Location is unknown. (AP Photo) Anonymous 1966: Halloween Party in Central Park Buy Now Youngsters parade through Central Park in New York dressed in their Halloween costumers when the city arranged a party for the kids Oct. 30, 1966. Some 20,000 kids attended the party in the Park. (AP Photo/Jacob Harris) Jacob Harris 1966: Marleen Luckman Buy Now With Halloween approaching, an unusual sight was seen in the skies over Bowie, Md., Oct. 28, 1966. Close checking revealed that Marleen Luckman, 17, was playing the part of a witch riding a broomstick. She was caught in mid-air, leaping from a trampoline, on a double exposed film. (AP Photo/William A. Smith) William A. Smith 1969: Wet Halloween Treat Buy Now Two children dressed up for Halloween emerge wet, happy and a little richer from a pool outside the Time-Life building at New York's Rockefeller Center Oct 29, 1969. Mark Feasel, left,10, and his sister Florence, 8, went wading in the pool to retrieve money thrown in by passers-by. (AP Photo) Anonymous 1974: Betty Ford Halloween Buy Now First lady Betty Ford greets costumed school children from the Washington area Thursday, Oct. 31, 1974 during a Halloween benefit for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund on the White House South Lawn. Mrs. Ford gave each of the children a bag of trick-or-treat candy, an apple, and reached into her pocket to put a quarter coin into the UNICEF collection boxes they carried. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin) HENRY GRIFFIN 1974: Bunnies Ready For Halloween Dressed in their bunny outfits, Warren and Missey (below) Millard of Miami, Fla., Oct. 25, 1974, are ready for a night of trick or treating on Halloween. (AP Photo) ASSOCIATED PRESS 1974: Halloween Laurie Cabot Buy Now Laurie Cabot, the "White Witch of Salem," shown with friends at a recent Halloween party in Salem, Mass, Oct. 31, 1974, is stirring up controversy with her scheduled address to an adult education class in nearby Georgetown. (AP Photo) RW 1974: Mexico Day of the Dead Buy Now Channing Watson-Boal of Westport, Conn., looks over some of the typical handicrafts on display in Mexico City for the ancient Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, Oct. 31, 1974. The celebration goes back to pre-Columbian days and coincides with Halloween. (AP Photo/HEM) HEM 1976: Pumpkin Perch William Franklin, 9, left, and Tom LePere, 8, who perhaps care only that Halloween is coming, are sitting atop a pumpkin problem at Brewster, N.Y, Oct. 29, 1976. The problem? Are they pumpkins or curcurbitas, fruit or vegetable? Whatever, the boys know they make great jack-o-lanterns and tasty Thanksgiving Day pies. (AP Photo) ASSOCIATED PRESS 1977: Halloween at Studio 54 Buy Now Halloween revelers at New York's Studio 54 dance the night away in costumes ranging from burlesque to stellar. The party was held at the New York Discoteque Oct. 31, 1977. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Richard Drew 1977: Halloween Celebration Buy Now An estimated 100,000 persons, including the three shown, jammed eight blocks of Polk Street in San Francisco for a Halloween celebration that began peacefully but ended early, Nov. 1, 1977, with a rash of violence. Police said that about five persons were arrested on charges ranging from drunkenness to robbery. (AP Photo) STF 1977: No Treat At The White House Buy Now A White House guard offers some conversation but no treats outside the White House in Washington, Oct. 31, 1977, as he turns away trick-or-treaters. The group of youngsters visited some other well known Washington addresses during their Halloween travel. (AP Photo/John Duricka) John Duricka 1978: Dog Halloween costume Buy Now Anita Rosenblum holds her dog, Samson, who, dressed as a crayon, was among the finalists at a Halloween costume contest for pets held at a Chicago pet store on Oct. 29, 1978. The shaggy crayon won the “Creative Playthings Award.” (AP Photo/Fred Jewell) Fred Jewell 1978: Studio 54 Buy Now Bug-eyed monsters from outer space and pharaohs from ancient Egypt vie for attention at the Halloween party at Studio 54, Tuesday, October 31,1978, New York City. The man shown is unidentified. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Richard Drew 1978: Studio 54 Halloween Buy Now Bug-eyed monsters from outer space and pharaohs from ancient Egypt vie for attention at the Halloween party at Studio 54, Tuesday, October 31,1978, New York City. The man shown is unidentified. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Richard Drew 1979: Frankenstein's Halloween Buy Now Dr. Frankenstein, left, holds the hand of his monster during a performance for Halloween in England, November 1979. Tony Silver from San Jose, California, of the U. S. Army in Germany plays the part of Dr. Frankenstein and the role of monster by public relations agent Brian Hill of West Palm Beach, Florida. (AP Photo) Anonymous 1979: Halloween Buy Now Teenagers, from left, Kristi Hale, Jody Johnson, Tammy Winton and Katy Thorp, scream during a visit to a “haunted mansion” in suburban Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 30, 1979, when they were caught off-guard by one of the Halloween monsters inhabiting the site. (AP Photo/RCP) RCP 1981: Halloween Haunted House Buy Now Customers, left, scream while a volunteer psychopath steps on severed head and swings ax at victim in Halloween Haunted House for charity at Florence, Ky., Oct. 22, 1981. Designers say public wants violence instead of Frankenstein. (AP Photo/Jeff Hinckley) Jeff Hinckley 1982: Halloween Party Buy Now Youngsters wearing E. T. masks check out phone at a Halloween party at the Museum of Science in Boston, on Friday, Oct. 29, 1982. The phone is an exact duplicate of the instrument used in the movie and is on loan from New England Telephone. (AP Photo/Mike Kullen) Mike Kullen 1983: Julie Babbin, Diane Hanssen Buy Now Julie Babbin, left, with Diane Hanssen, right, sport the latest garb for Halloween as they check their jack-o-lanterns in their Boston home, Oct. 31, 1983. (AP Photo/Ted Gartland) Ted Gartland 1983: Toast Of The Town Buy Now Participants in the 10th annual Halloween Parade in New York, Oct. 31, 1983, don't have time to loaf as they move with the flow of marchers through Greenwich village. The event attracted some 250,000 people who watch marched in the parade. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine) Ray Stubblebine 1983: Village Halloween Parade Buy Now A participant in the 10th annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City rides in regal style as the parade moves through Greenwich Village, Oct. 31, 1983. An estimated 250,000 people turned out to watch or take part in the event. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine) Ray Stubblebine 1983: Village Halloween Parade Buy Now Spectators line the streets of Greenwich Village in New York City to watch the Halloween Parade, Nov. 1, 1983. Some 250,000 people turned out to march in and watch the parade. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine) Ray Stubblebine 1983:Halloween On Horseback Buy Now A Halloween parade of some fifty costumed horseback riders head toward Central Park from the Claremont Horse Stables on 89th Street in New York City, Oct. 30, 1983. (AP Photo/David Handschuh) David Handschuh 1984: Halloween Parade Buy Now A big banana seen with a fudge sundae makes its way through New York's Greenwich Village for the 11th annual village Halloween Parade, Oct. 31, 1984. Thousands of spectators, many in costumes jammed the streets as the loosely-organized parade walked by. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Richard Drew 1984: Halloween Parade Buy Now An artist puts on the finishing touches to his masterpiece during the annual Halloween parade in New York's Greenwich Village, Oct. 31, 1984. This artist seems to achieve unusual depth in his painting. (AP Photo/Rande Anmuth) Rande Anmuth 1985: Teresa Forrest Buy Now Teresa Forrest puts the finishing touches on a personalized Halloween pumpkin at the roadside stand she runs in front of her home on Route 1-A in Winterport, Me., Sept. 25, 1985. She and her daughter will hand decorate an estimated 3,000 pumpkins between now and Halloween. (AP Photo) STR 1986: Red Sox vs Angels AL Playoffs Buy Now Al Nipper of the Boston Red Sox sports a Halloween mask prior to game three of the AL playoffs against the California Angels at Anaheim Stadium, Friday, Oct. 10, 1986, Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo) Anonymous 1986: Spook Spoof Buy Now Dressed in her Raggedy Ann costume, Becky Lanning, left, shares a laugh with onlookers viewing a stuffed crocodile during a scarecrow contest at a Vacaville, California restaurant and tourist center, Oct. 13, 1986. (AP Photo/Walt Zeboski) Walt Zeboski 1987: Stock Market Crash Buy Now Ignoring "crash fever" of the previous week, the bulls were back on Wall Street, a "herd" of six, walking on stilts and carrying Halloween "trick or treat" bags past the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Oct. 30, 1987. (AP Photo/Mario Cabrera) Mario Cabrera 1987: Village Halloween Parade Buy Now Several marchers decked out in imaginative costumes participate in the annual Halloween parade in New York's Greenwich Village, Oct. 31, 1987. Costumes ranging from dinosaurs to Tammy Faye Bakker turned out in force at celebrations across the country. (AP Photo/Frankie Ziths) Frankie Ziths 1988: Lise Dominique, Steve Bauer Buy Now They were a matched pair of bovines, Lise Dominique and Steve Bauer, as they recited Halloween wedding vows in Saratoga, Calif., Oct. 31, 1988, before Rev. Ward Atwood and a host of friends. High school sweethearts 17 years ago, they began dating again a decade ago. The costumes? They started as a joke in August but delivery delay brought the outfits to Halloween. Lise is a radio station news director; Steve, a high school football coach. (AP Photo/Annie Weels) Annie Weels 1989: Halloween Family Buy Now A pumpkin-headed family sits out on their front porch at their country home in Laytonsville, Md., Oct. 24, 1989. the family, which appears to watch the passing motorists, was found on Brink Road. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Carlos Osorio 1990: Village Halloween Parade Buy Now Marchers in the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade assemble on Sixth Avenue in New York, Oct. 31, 1990, just prior to the start of the parade. (AP Photo/Jonathan Elderfield) Jonathan Elderfield 1995: HALLOWEEN Buy Now An unidentified Halloween reveler dressed as Casper the Friendly Ghost parades down Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 31, 1995, during the city's annual Halloween parade The street was closed as thousands of party goers and onlookers walked in and out of costume. (AP Photo/Rene Macura) RENE MACURA 1996: BOURASSE Buy Now Guy Bourasse of Cudjoe Key, Fla., shows off his rendition of superstar Madonna and her newborn daughter at the Fantasy Fest Parade late Saturday, Oct. 26, 1996 in Key West, Fla. Bourasse said he conceived the idea for the costume after learning that Madonna did not wish her and her newborn daughter to be photographed. The parade highlights the nine-day-long Fantasy Fest celebration that concludes Sunday, Oct. 27, and is Key West's pre-Halloween answer to New Orleans' Mardi Gras and Rio de Janiero's Carnivale. (AP Photo/Andy Newman) ANDY NEWMAN 1997: ASKEM Buy Now David Arnott pets his Golden Retriver, Askem, dressed as a three headed dog, before the start of the fifth Annual Halloween Costume contest for dogs, Sunday, Oct. 26, 1997, in New York. Askem won first prize, which consisted of 40 pounds of dog food, free grooming and free boarding. (AP Photo/Jennifer S. Altman) JENNIFER S. ALTMAN 1997: ESQUER Buy Now Ernest Esquer of Whittier, Calif. strikes a pose as Cruella DeVil from "101 Dalmations" during Halloween night festivities on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 31, 1997. As many as 150,000 people showed up for the city's annual costume carnival, which is billed as the nation's largest Halloween festival. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) CHRIS PIZZELLO 1997: Tim Dey, Jim Nussbaum Buy Now Tim Dey, left, and Jim Nussbaum of Laguna Beach, Calif., dressed as Marie Antoinette and King Louis XV respectively, stroll down Santa Monica Boulevard during Halloween night festivities in West Hollywood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 31, 1997. As many as 150,000 showed up for the city's costume carnival, billed as the nation's largest Halloween festival. 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