Retro Halloween costumes: See 4 decades of cool kid disguises

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Retro Halloween costumes

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Way before Pinterest raised the bar with elaborate handmade costumes, our moms were buying us cheap and ill-fitting retro Halloween costumes from the drugstore.

We loved to dress up like popular cartoon characters like The Incredible Hulk, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Wonder Woman and Bugs Bunny — and we thought we were so cool!

The more inspired of kids even tried to make our own creations with everyday items like cardboard boxes and aluminum foil. (Who else went dressed up as a TV set or a robot?)

Totally retro Halloween costumes for kids in the fifties
Old-fashioned Halloween costumes for kids in the fifties – Cowboy, Indian, space cadet
Retro Halloween costumes decade-by-decade

We’ve gathered up some fabulously retro Halloween ensembles that will take you back in time! Jog your memory of those golden olden days with this collection of costume ideas from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

DON’T MISS: See the retro melted plastic popcorn Halloween decorations popular in the ’70s

Retro Western costumes for Halloween and fun from 1981

Retro Western costumes for Halloween and fun from 1981


Trick-or-treating in 1984

Halloween costumes from 1984

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