Vintage snapshots of weird Halloween costumes

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I once saw several Tucsonians at a Halloween party, dressed as the San Francisco skyline.

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Back around 1970 a classmate from 7th grade showed up at our door dressed as the newly completed John Hancock Tower in Chicago.
It was not a bad costume but I took issue with the fact that rather than 2 large spires at the top, there were about 10 smaller “antenna” all about the same length.

Of course I pointed this out and asked where the 2 big antenna were?
An argument ensued with the Hancock Tower stomping away saying
"MY DAD HELPED BUILD IT AND THERE ARE TEN ANTENNAS!"

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Yup. Halloween back then was ‘What can I make out of this box?’

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Yep, had a couple costumes like that as a kid.

One I remember since it got used like 2 or 3 times was a stack of Christmas presents…

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You should have seen the guys in 1931.

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Store-bought costumes are so boring.

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You just need a little imagination. Really creepy imagination.


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Very forward thinking of these two to dress as flash drives!

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Those photos: What happens when cardboard boxes aren’t available.

In my book, anything involving papier-mâché is automatically eerie.

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Steve!

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I remember the year I dressed up as The Wolfman, with all the spirit gum and fake hair, and everybody thought I was a dog.

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Thanks! I’ve been getting a lot of sleep lately so the fact that I won’t be getting any tonight isn’t so bad.
/s

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I remember getting a book on building forts when I was a lad. So many ideas, but sadly my parents weren’t about to buy a new refrigerator so that I might have the box.

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My last box costume must have been 1985, when I dressed as a Macintosh 512K.

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Indiana Jones. The mail bag is great for carrying the extra candy. Of course, I dress like him almost every day in the autumn and spring.

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One of my sweeties confirms that they had a refrigerator box when they were a kid and yes indeed, it was “the best toy evah!” (Apparently they made everyone be the lost boys to their Peter Pan.) They note that they remember it 35 years later, so that probably says a lot.

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That Tampax costume is bloody awful.

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