Halloween Costumes OF DESPAIR!

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Disease or costume? You be the judge.

Before you could grab a cheap mask at the drug store, you had to make your own costumes. And some people weren’t very, well, good at it, especially in the pre-Pinterest world. Luckily, other peoples’ miscues provide plenty of nightmare fuel for us.

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Scoliosis was a popular costume in the 50’s.

Some of these costumes are all over the internet as clickbait, but I thought I’d still throw up (pun intended) some of my favorites. And please send me any you find, too! (weirdxmas@gmail.com). I’ll post more as they come in this month.

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There’s a story behind this that I don’t want to know.

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She can’t blink. Sad.

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Baba Yaga!

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Real guns. America!

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I know it’s an old, old picture. I still want to run away.

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And whose childhood are you ruining today?

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Probably not a Halloween costume. But, come on, this is too, too good.

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Apocalyptic sewer rat cosplay.

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We spread a message of doom.

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Intense chicken.


“But, mom, it’s not finished yet!” “JUST GO OUTSIDE!”


The put a mask on a bloated corpse.


We dressed as Great Aunts Velma and Maureen.


Do you think I’m sexy?


Our plans now are final. We shall do this…


That’s intense, disturbing commitment to a costume.

It’s hard to know sometimes what’s actually creepy, terrifying, odd, strange, or just misinterpreted. I’m sure many of these, especially the kid ones, were meant to be amusing. But a little anachronism never hurt anyone, right? RIGHT?


One thought on “Halloween Costumes OF DESPAIR!

  1. Pingback: “Over the Garden Wall” and Vintage Postcards (Part 2) | Weird Christmas

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