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As much as I love Halloween, the week before never fails to find me sans costume. Generally, my best Halloween ideas come to me shortly after the holiday has passed and then disappear long before the day has rolled around again. Alas, this year is no different. As the creepy decorations go up and jack-o-lanterns are alighted, this month’s Style Sheets is dedicated to filling the trick-or-treat bags of us procrastinators with a little inspirational eye candy.

Boris Karloff in Bride Of Frankenstein, 1935. Still from L’amante del Vampiro, 1960.

October 1983. Costume Featured in Dennison Bogie Book, 1917.

Top: NYC, 1965. Bottom: Photo by Max Aguilera-Hellweg, 1993.

Handmade Jack-O-Lantern, circa 1940. CBS, 1951.

Photo by Martha Cooper, Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, NYC,1984. Ben Cooper Blue Fairy costume featuring glow in the dark mask, circa 1958.

Top: Photo by Keri Rene Hall in Costa Mesa, October 1985. Bottom: Unknown, 1976.

George Silk, 1960. Image from Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, NYC, 1983.

Got any favorites?


Kat Roberts lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she works as an artist, handbag and footwear instructor and accessories designer. In addition to almost constant crafting and contributing to BurdaStyle’s blog, she chronicles her obsession with creative recycling at her own blog, We Can Redo It.

-Top image: Universal Pictures, 1939.


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    Oct 29, 2011, 06.31 AMby rochelle49

    For my kids, in my hurry, I bought a 2yd piece of black fabric and cut a “t” for the neckline and faced it. Then I took fabric paints and drew Halloween symbols on it. We bought a witches hat and ta da! That worked for both girls over several years.

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      Oct 29, 2011, 05.34 PMby Whitehaus

      Fast, cheap and reuseable! I like your quick thinking:)

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    Oct 27, 2011, 09.52 AMby Ruth Brown

    Oh! I just love the costume from Dennison Bogie Book, 1917. What fun.

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    Oct 26, 2011, 09.22 PMby TigerShmiger

    oh, and i love the 1917 costume advert (however suprising i find it that hallowe’en parties were common enough for advertisments at that date).

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      Oct 26, 2011, 10.36 PMby Whitehaus

      So stunning! That one is my absolute favorite.

      My procrastination usually means my modifying a garment I already have. I think that costume is fantastic inspiration for that type of thing.

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    Oct 26, 2011, 04.57 PMby vintagegal

    The photo of the three kids, NYC 1965, reminds me of “Lock, Shock and Barrel” from Nightmare Before Christmas! There is something really creepy about that picture…

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      Oct 26, 2011, 09.21 PMby TigerShmiger

      that is exactly what i thought when i saw the phtoto!! i think masks on children (especially in faded, black and white pictures) are especially creepy, somehow.

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