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
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4 years ago

OMG! this is way too creepy!

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Cesi Baca
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4 years ago

The black and white photography makes it all the more creepy. It's actually pretty creative though.

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Luis Milian
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4 years ago

Saw...

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ADayInTheLife
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4 years ago

Aardvarks?

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Ronja Rövardotter
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4 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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guess
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4 years ago

That's really cool!!!

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Alc11
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4 years ago

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

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Elizabeth Brown
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4 years ago

These are actually cool. I'm inspired!

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Ian Langille
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4 years ago

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummering

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Kirsten Lee
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4 years ago

I saw where people would make this into saying like if this guy was coming after you the thing on to your right is your weapon and all i had was a remote or a cat lol

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Kirsten Lee
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4 years ago

I'm sorry but if this was my children and they wanted to dress like this and they were only 7 or 6 or whatever i would say no because that is creepy again im sorry please no hate.

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

Don't do drugs kids

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Alc11
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4 years ago

I think the only reason is scary is the black and white filter........

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Luis Milian
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4 years ago

not Mikey....not the crew!

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

nOPE NOPE NOPE

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Noa Cohen
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4 years ago

A whole lot of nopes right here

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guess
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4 years ago

Kinda cute

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SSBRocks3
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4 years ago

Why???!!

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Vanessa
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4 years ago

So Michelin Man was scary at the beginning :D

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Tricia Ferrell
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4 years ago

All my nopes

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SSBRocks3
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4 years ago

OMG!

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Bea B.
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4 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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Golgo 13
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4 years ago

The modern day skeleton costume looks lame compared to this one.

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Luis Milian
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4 years ago

I would really wanted to know the story behind this.

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.gas.
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4 years ago

Even the pumpkin is creepy!

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#26

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Dark Half
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3 years ago

like how old are these pictures?

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Iamcece ThePom
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4 years ago

Where the Wild Things aren't.

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Elaine Flynn
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4 years ago

Anyone else thinking EDF?

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Hans
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4 years ago

happy!

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Kirsten Lee
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4 years ago

American Horror Story the coven yasss!!!

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Iamcece ThePom
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4 years ago

Look at the size of those pumpkins!

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Elaine Flynn
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4 years ago

One of Tim Burton's creations ........

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Inurri
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4 years ago

That waist on the left...

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Alc11
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4 years ago

WTC?

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Grace Barclay
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4 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
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4 years ago

OMG ! WTF!

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Samarth Rajawat
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4 years ago

The look grandma gives when you tell her you haven't eaten.

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Alexis
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4 years ago

Well if it isn't the Wrigley twins !

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4 years ago

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#40

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Paula Richardson
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4 years ago

Damn

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#41

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Elaine Flynn
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4 years ago

Kid looks petrified!!!

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#42

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Philip Condron
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4 years ago

around the world... around the world

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Elaine Flynn
Community Member
4 years ago

Killer Clowns in the early years.

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Iamcece ThePom
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4 years ago

The kids looked even more sinister without the masks on.

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Inurri
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4 years ago

Oh no, it's the cabbage man!

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Keilyn Hiilei
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1 year ago

Its a human baby doll!!

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Emmi Kohonen
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4 years ago

Creepy AF

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Julie Richards
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4 years ago

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

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#50

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infinitetreasure
Community Member
4 years ago

mafia of hoodlums

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Norma Ortiz
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4 years ago

No way in hell xS

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Omg! My Thid!
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4 years ago

What is over her mouth?

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Bea B.
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4 years ago

The cat is terrified too!

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Inurri
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4 years ago

What the...? xD

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Iamcece ThePom
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4 years ago

Is that a cigarette? LOL!

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Golgo 13
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4 years ago

This one looks like it was a flashback.

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Meltem Wallace
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4 years ago

Perhaps that's an easter bunny? :-P :-D

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Keilyn Hiilei
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1 year ago

?

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Deana
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4 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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Briaubin
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1 year ago

Frog

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Golgo 13
Community Member
4 years ago

The one on the left kind of looks Michael Myers.

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Keilyn Hiilei
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1 year ago

um no

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brandon sat
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4 years ago

that dude on the right is like "WTF!!"

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Iamcece ThePom
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4 years ago

Bet that baby had a fun childhood growing up.

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Elaine Flynn
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4 years ago

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

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Omg! My Thid!
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4 years ago

Insane asylum?

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Keilyn Hiilei
Community Member
1 year ago

Dumbo in human form right there

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brandon sat
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4 years ago

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

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