Classic Halloween costumes have evolved considerably over the last century.
Costumes like nurses, witches, and ghosts have gotten sexier over time.
Other costumes have gotten creepier thanks to the advancement in technology and art.
Minnie Mouse costumes haven’t always been the cute mouse we know.
Minnie Mouse costumes used to be anything but magical. Instead of a simple red dress with white polka dots, the Minnie Mouse costumes of the past included creepy oversized hands and feet. A full headpiece was worn that resembled the mouse of your nightmares.
Disney-inspired costumes have gone from creepy to adorable.
Today, Minnie Mouse costumes are much cuter, especially on children. Donning mouse ears and a simple red-and-white polka dotted dress is a staple for the Minnie Mouse costume these days. In fact, there are endless options for Disney outfits, including ones inspired by its parks.
Superhero costumes date back to the ’50s.
Hollywood has recently ignited a Renaissance of superheroes with the success of “The Avengers” and other Marvel heroes. But children have dressed as their favorite comic book characters dating back to the 1950s.
They’re even more popular today – and they’ve gone high-tech.
Superhero costumes today are generally made out of spandex, and thus better fitting and easier to wear. But what really makes the superhero costumes of today stand out are the gadgets. For example, some Spider-Man suits include web-shooters and 3D-printed masks and cost $US300 ($AU401).
Cowboy costumes have always been on trend.
Every year, you know at least one person dressed as a cowboy, and it was no different way back when. Since most costumes were homemade, the outfit was more intricate than what we are used to today. With hand-sewn trousers and vests, the costume would fit right in in the Wild Wild West.
Though nowadays, cowboys are often considered a last-minute costume idea.
Today, the cowboy costume is still very popular but is often considered a last-minute idea. By throwing on a hat, a button-down, and jeans, many consider this a viable Halloween option.
Ghost costumes were simple to make.
Ghosts are synonymous with horror and Halloween, so it makes sense that people have been dressing as spirits for decades. By cutting a few holes in a white sheet, both children and adults were ready for trick-or-treating or a party.
Today, a ghost costume can have a whole new meaning.
Ever since the brutal witch hunts of the 17th century, people have been dressing as witches for Halloween. Typically dressed in all black and a pointed hat, the look has been a longtime classic. But the costume had a dramatic change in ’60s after TV shows and movies portrayed the witch as evil, according to Good Housekeeping. Since then, some have chosen to paint their faces green and affix a wart to get that creepy Wicked Witch of the West look.
While they retain traditional elements today, they’ve gotten a lot sexier over the years.
Today the basics of the witch costume are still evident: a pointed hat, a broomstick, and a black dress. But some choose more elaborate dresses with fringes and drapery, while others opt for the little black dress look. The “sexy” witch is also a popular choice for Halloween night.
Clown costumes used to look friendlier.
A simple painted face and oversized clothes always made for a perfect Halloween costume.
The friendly clown costumes of the past have morphed into something more sinister.
Thanks to the success of Stephen King’s “It,” the clown costume has taken on a more bone-chilling look. Although some still choose to dress up as a friendly clown, today’s clowns are much more terrifying.
People used to dress in actual nurse uniforms.
Nurses also always reliably make an appearance on Halloween night. The costume used to resemble a nurse’s actual uniform perfectly.
Now nurse costumes are less realistic … and more scandalous.
Gone are the days where people dressed as nurses could actually pass for a hospital employee. Today, women often dress as “sexy” nurses for Halloween.
“Sexualizing any profession that’s mostly women may feel harmless, but it’s creating a caricature and it really does translate to real world harm whether you intended to or not,” RN Kristen Choi told Business Insider.
Dressing up as a cat used to be a full-body commitment.
When people dressed as cats back in the day, they went all out. Dressed head-to-toe in a bodysuit, there wasn’t an inch of skin showing. Cat ears and drawn-on whiskers were great finishing touches.
Today cat costumes are a last-ditch effort.
As a last-ditch effort on Hallo-weekend, many just throw on a pair of cat ears, draw some whiskers on their cheeks, and call it a day. Today, the cat costume is much more simple — and often overdone.
Halloween masks used to be made from anything around the house, according to CNN, including paper bags, sheets, and loose fabrics. The homemade quality made the coverings even eerier.
With advancements in technology and artistry, Halloween masks are now hyperrealistic.
Now that masks are professionally made, they are hyperrealistic. You can transform yourself into a politician, your favorite celebrity, or a scary creature out of a movie. Although it can be seen as a cop-out costume, a mask can completely transform who you are come Halloween night.
Some Halloween costumes of the past are now considered offensive.