We recently came across Tim Burton's childhood Halloween costume that inspired "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and were amazed at how terrifying it looked today. But, as we've pointed out before, you don't have to be the creator of "Edward Scissorhands" to have had an undeniably creepy Halloween costume photo from the past.
We added to our slideshow from last year of the creepiest vintage costumes ever to bring you even more unintentionally scary pictures before Halloween. Even the costumes that were meant to be scary back then are even more terrifying today, especially due to the faded black-and-white and washed-out photos.
And don't even get us started on the costumes that were intended to be "cute."
Click through over 40 of our favorite vintage Halloween costumes below and then try going to sleep tonight. We dare you!
Fly On Bicycle
The beginning of a terrific horror movie.
Mrs. Colonel Sanders, Spider-Man & Batman
Well now we've seen everything.
Put the mask back on! Put the mask back on!
Please make it stop.
Devil Taking Candy From A Baby
No, baby! It's a trap!
These rabbit ears looks suspiciously like devil horns.
Little Yellow... Somethings
Footie pajamas are officially ruined.
Bad news: your grandmother's creepy old dolls have come to life.
We have to give props for the authentic look, but something about the giant head, tiny hands and slightly too realistic gun just gives us the creeps.
Nightmares Of A Geisha
If we saw this coming toward us, we'd run.
It's usually the boys that have the creepiest costumes.
Clown Creeping Up On You
Creepy Little Munchkins
The fake nose/glasses combo never gets old.
What's worse: the lack of neck or the not-so-inconspicuous eye holes?
Looking Into Your Soul
Also, what's going on with that Jack-O-Lantern?
Monkey on top, school marm on the bottom?
One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others
We can deal with the other two, but little Raggedy Anne is freaking us out.
Those eyes will haunt you.
Gang's All Here
Like most of the costumes in this slideshow, these guys are as indiscernible as they are creepy.
We'll never look at white sheets the same way again.
The Tie Pulls It All Together
The horror, that is.
Woman Of Your Nightmares
Holding the two dolls just makes everything worse.
The eye holes in the mask on the left are somehow the creepiest part of this.
What better way to spend a baby's Halloween than by scaring the crap out of him?
A literal reading of a Sir Francis Bacon costume. (Yes, this is real.)
They one day may learn to love, but they will never learn how not to be creepy.
Today this would not have gone over well with the neighborhood parents.
Creative yes, but something about the real thing in the background and the masks on the folks to the left (and yes, perhaps the movie "There Will Be Blood") that makes this undeniably creepy.
Something about vintage Disney costumes is inherently, undeniably frightening.
Little known facts about Uncle Sam: He's three feet tall, and has a wife who loves masquerade parties.
Ironically, Halloween costumes seem to become <i>less</i> scary as they become more realistic.
Leather Guy From The Village People
A must-have for any child on Halloween, right?
Ah, the Guardian of the Pumpkin Patch. The guardian of our nightmares.
The Whole Gang
As disturbing at this photo is, imagine how frightening the <i>party itself</i> must have been.
Here's a tip: That top hat does not eliminate the creepiness.
He's looking at you, whether you know it or not.
What if we told you this wasn't a costume? And that this baby is in your house? And you're in a Spanish horror film?
Everyone's favorite child duo, Deformed Hobo & Angry Witch.
Honestly, we don't even know what this is. But try and tell us you won't have nightmares.
What circus clown <em>doesn't</em> have the face of Rip Taylor?
Tim Burton As A Young Man, obviously.
A rejected extra from "Beauty and the Beast," probably.
Trick Or Treat
We'd stay away from these four troublemakers.
Halloween Circa 1990
Maybe this isn't actually scary. Or is it scarier than all the others combined?
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