Many people keep a bowl of candy by the door during Halloween for the many trick-or-treaters that come calling on October 31st. But if anybody turns up on your doorstep dressed like anyone in the pictures below, it's not candy you're going to need. No, it's a crucifix and a bottle of holy water. Because as you can see from this list compiled by Bored Panda, these vintage Halloween costumes are absolutely terrifying.

There probably are many components in making these vintage Halloween costumes looking as creepy as they do. First of all, the vintage photos were taken using much less sensitive cameras, so the picture itself looks quite gloomy and eerie, no matter its contents. Secondly, the arts and crafts supplies for making these Halloween costumes were close to nothing, so people often had to go about with old sheets, papier-mache masks, and low-quality dyes. And lastly, pictures for vintage Halloween character reference weren't so easy to come by, so imagination took a significant part in creating these creepy costumes.

Feeling adventurous? Then take a peek to our compilation of these scary costumes...if you dare! Oh, and you could probably still use these Halloween costume ideas today, especially if you want to scare the bejesus out of everybody.

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Luis Milian 2 years ago

OMG! this is way too creepy!

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Hans 2 years ago

"Excuse me, you have something in your eye...oh, nevermind."

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Hans 2 years ago

Oh my god...the retaliation for steaks is near.

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ADayInTheLife 2 years ago

Aardvarks?

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Ronja Rövardotter 2 years ago

Ok very very bad idea to look at these pics before I go to bed :-D This one is way too scary.

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Kirsten Lee 2 years ago

this one is really creative i like it!

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Alc11 2 years ago

My god! this reminds me of 'American Horror Story.' its just the 3rd thing....

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Luis Milian 2 years ago

creepy yet classy...

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ADayInTheLife 2 years ago

Is anyone else having flashbacks to the kids in Pink Floyd's The Wall? imgres-57f...136149.jpg imgres-57fcda4136149.jpg

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Ronja Rövardotter 2 years ago

I don't know whether I am more scared by the masked guy or by the two bystanders at the back :-o very creepy

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Sonja Götten 2 years ago

Is this a Bacardi dress?

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Kirsten Lee 2 years ago

I heard a story about this mother she had a daughter and she loved dolls so much that she wanted to make a real life doll out of real hair, skin eyes and etc... but anyways one night she ripped her daughters hair out then she skinned her daughter alive and made a doll into her thats what i heard but this reminds me of this urban legend its so cool though but then again really creepy lol

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Daria B 2 years ago

Frank would fit well with this crew.

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David Lyle 2 years ago

Not a photo, This is one of my paintings titled "This Ends Here". Prints available at http://davidlylepaintings.bigcartel.com/

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Anna Brandigi 2 years ago

nOPE NOPE NOPE

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Noa Cohen 2 years ago

A whole lot of nopes right here

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guess 2 years ago

Kinda cute

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SSBRocks3 2 years ago

Why???!!

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Shannon Prestegard 2 years ago

Michelin Man lol

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Tricia Ferrell 2 years ago

All my nopes

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Luis Milian 2 years ago

people back in the day sure knew how to scare others!

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Bea B. 2 years ago

How can a few holes on a bit of cardboard tied around your face be so creepy??? Goodbye sleep!!!

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infinitetreasure 2 years ago

the clown & the skeleton

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Luis Milian 2 years ago

I would really wanted to know the story behind this.

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Norma Ortiz 2 years ago

OMG! The Kids from The Nightmare Before Christmas!!!

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Laura Ingles. 2 years ago

You really wouldn't want this lot knocking on your door at Halloween...Would you?

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Iamcece ThePom 2 years ago

Where the Wild Things aren't.

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Iamcece ThePom 2 years ago

I think those were the "poop" emoticons we use now on FB!

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Kathryn Borrow 2 years ago

A bunch of happy nuns

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Fred Burrows 2 years ago

Reminiscent of a smashing pumpkins cover .

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Tawnya N 2 years ago

"She's got Bette Davis eyes..."

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Janine Göbel 2 years ago

This is rather impressive.

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Alexis 2 years ago

Texas chainsaw massacre family portrait

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Zoe Cunning 2 years ago

Oh my god.......he killed Kenny!

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Grace Barclay 2 years ago

I am so very glad I live in a country that does not celebrate? Halloween. Truly, believe me, serious damage would be done to adults and/or children on my doorstep if they looked like this. I would not recover, ever, after a scare like this. Sorry kids...

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Julie Richards 2 years ago

OMG ! WTF!

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Maggie Grover Bacher 2 years ago

the kitchen witch. (actually a german witch that sweeps out the bad spirits during faschings)

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Alexis 2 years ago

Double your pleasure, double the fun?

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Lianna Valdez 2 years ago

OG Chewbacca

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Inurri 2 years ago

Is that a shadow or a second trident?

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Elaine Flynn 2 years ago

Kid looks petrified!!!

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Philip Condron 2 years ago

around the world... around the world

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Elaine Flynn 2 years ago

Killer Clowns in the early years.

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Iamcece ThePom 2 years ago

The kids looked even more sinister without the masks on.

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Inurri 2 years ago

Oh no, it's the cabbage man!

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Emmi Kohonen 2 years ago

Creepy AF

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Julie Richards 2 years ago

Who the hell ere the mask makers back in those days ?

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infinitetreasure 2 years ago

mafia of hoodlums

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Norma Ortiz 2 years ago

No way in hell xS

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Lobo 2 years ago

Added creepy factor. Look between the hands of the one on the far right..... is that a head???

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Bea B. 2 years ago

The cat is terrified too!

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Inurri 2 years ago

What the...? xD

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Iamcece ThePom 2 years ago

Is that a cigarette? LOL!

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Golgo 13 2 years ago

This one looks like it was a flashback.

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Carlos Orrantia 2 years ago

Ancient pikachu

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Deana 2 years ago

Please tell me that a shorter kid is standing next to him...almost appears as though he is holding a severed head.

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Golgo 13 2 years ago

The one on the left kind of looks Michael Myers.

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The Alchemist 2 years ago

That one guy who dresses up.

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Iamcece ThePom 2 years ago

Bet that baby had a fun childhood growing up.

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Elaine Flynn 2 years ago

Knock once for yes, twice for no .......

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Omg! My Thid! 2 years ago

Insane asylum?

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brandon sat 2 years ago

is that kid displaying the universal sign for ""Rock On"?

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Golgo 13 2 years ago

Even their buckets are creepier than ours.

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infinitetreasure 2 years ago

tea party everyone!

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Lilith Lavine 2 years ago

Or have I just looked at a Ghost caught on camera?

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Iamcece ThePom 2 years ago

Children of the Corn.