Halloween Costume Hits of the 50’s
The history behind dressing up became famous with Halloween costume hits of the 50s. Dressing up was the start of a new “monster craze” within the younger age groups.
The well-known and infamous superstitions surrounding Halloween began to fade out during the birth of the twentieth century.
Although, the history of dressing up to go trick-or-treating dates back centuries. It was then and continues to be today, an affordable way to celebrate.
1950’s Hit Halloween Costumes
At first, vandalism became a plague-like issue at many Halloween festivities and celebrations, especially during the 1920s and 30s. Cities put forth their best efforts to end this wide-spread issue.
Town leaders and schools were able to regain control, and by the 1950s, Halloween became a holiday.
So, October 31st became a community-centered holiday. Residents threw parties and parades to celebrate together.
Some thought they could keep pranksters from playing “tricks” on them by handing out “treats” to the children of the community.
However, comparing Halloween from the 50s to now– it’s safe to say we’ve come a long way. Mix decades of creativity with advances in beauty and costumes have become unique.
Which is great, considering some images of real 50s costumes could haunt you.
Scariest 1950 Halloween Costumes
Today we mimic the older styles as a fashion statement, such as the rockabilly, pin-up, or greaser style.
Back then, kids wore the scariest 1950 Halloween attire. Popular opinion says most children’s costumes were a bit creepy.
Not only in America, but across the pond too – anything from massive alien head masks to brown paper bags with yarn for hair.
Masks and costumes range from bags with holes for eyes to skeletons, and animal heads to aliens.
No matter if it’s a vintage 50s costume, it’s likely scarier than some of the gory outfits we see today.
Something about a small child wearing a pig’s head with its’ eyes cut out is just unsettling.
Did someone say, clowns? Pennywise is a child’s play after seeing where clown attire arose. 50’s clown costumes are terrifying; they guarantee nightmares.
The Halloween costume hits of the 50s were a little scary!
DIY 50s Halloween Costume Hits
Looking back, many made their costumes during the 50s and earlier decades. Halloween attire may have been a bag with eyes and a mouth cut out, or worse, the DIY version of the creepiest clown.
In 2019, dressing up and DIY costume ideas are entirely different.
Making a DIY 50s costume often means putting on a long poodle skirt or tea-length swing dress. For men its more of a leather jacket and go for the greaser look.
Creativity is at an all-time high, and the beauty industry is booming. Dressing up and do-it-yourself costumes can become entire works of art.
The details of the ’50s from the hair, to the eyeliner, are iconic. These details inspire retro and modern looks all over the world.
Halloween costume hits of the 50s became a stepping stone for costume creativity today.
1950 Halloween Decorations
Here we are, almost 70 years later, and Halloween is now the second most traditional holiday – following closely behind Christmas.
All people can participate in holiday decorating. Halloween brings out the spooky decorating skills in people nationwide (and internationally for some countries).
1950s Halloween decorations are also known as vintage Halloween decorations. Although it was 70 years ago – some decorations have become traditional.
Yes, that means the jack-o-lantern. Pumpkins and Halloween go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Since 1955, specific decorations have become staples and traditional Halloween décor for years to come. To this day, decorations include witch hats, carved out pumpkins, skeletons, goblins, ghouls, and black cats.
If these decoration ideas seem cliché, it’s because they are. Nevertheless, the modern age adopts traditions as their own, and they continue to remain prevalent.
1950 Halloween Songs
The famous TV series The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) is sure to add suspense to any spooky playlist. From the end of the 1950s until The Beatles took over, monster/horror theme type songs began to sweep the nation.
Halloween in general during the 50s was for the kids– so Halloween songs generally were more playful and in a “doo-wop and rockabilly” manner.
Much more innocent than in later decades when we see a dark shift in music taste.
Halloween songs and horror-music get darker as more goth, and metal driven varieties come about. Although, some say 1958 was a peaking point during the mid-century “horror craze.”
Songs such as “Screamin’ Ball (At Dracula Hall)” by The Duponts, “Frankenstein’s Den” by The Hollywood Flames, and “Haunted House” by Johnny Fuller were all famous during the busy year of 58’.
Popular 1950 Halloween Movies
Horror movies from the 50s are genre classics that paved the way and gave inspiration to generations of horror film producers and directors in the years following.
First, we must mention the notorious Hammer Films. Hammer Films was known for its gory slashers and monster movies that went on to become icons in the film industry.
Of the most popular 1950 Halloween movies, Hammer Films produced and directed The Curse of Frankenstein. Films such as The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invasion of the Bodysnatchers are top on the list of favorite 1950 Halloween movies of all time.
House of Wax was an American 3-D film made in 1953 – would be later remade in 2005. Although, It Came from Outer Space (1953) was Universal-International’s first 3-D process American film.
In 1954 Godzilla hit the big screen for the first time. However, this film concept goes on to tell a story through movies on big screens even today. We’re still awaiting the next Godzilla movie after the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters in April 2019.
Of course, this decade ended on a high note. Drive-ins were attractive for teenagers as the films Horror of Dracula, and I was a Teenage Werewolf came out on screen nation-wide. These movies brought an end to the sci-fi craze and the start of a new age of horror cinematography.
Classic films such as The Fly, The Blob, and House on Haunted Hill hit screens in 1958 and 59’. Theaters and drive-ins were full of teenagers.
Vintage Halloween Costume Hits of the 1950s
The 1950s was a time when Halloween went from a night of vandalism to a night of scary decorations and community celebrating.
During this era, the holiday was mostly a family-friendly holiday; the focus was children. The family spirit may be due to the post-war baby boom – meaning there were kids in all towns.
Halloween parties began to move away from town centers. Quickly, the holiday was in private homes and schools of individuals all over the country.
Manufacturing companies such as Ben Cooper Inc. started selling and making costumes in the 1940s. By 1953, masks and paper trick-or-treat bags were available at stores for pennies to the dollar.
Yet, in 2019 – nearly 70+ years later, a vintage Halloween treat bag may cost upwards of $30. Many of these bags are samples of 1950s paper trick-or-treat sacks with a pumpkin, bats, or black cats.
Many people got a costume in Sears’ fall edition magazines. Options ranging from hobo to hippy. Gypsy to a robot, and a bride to prince charming.
The birth of Halloween costume hits of the 50s as we see and celebrate it today.