You have probably seen several article (usually of the evil, scum-sucking click bait nature) on how found photos of vintage Halloween costumes seem to be "scary" and "creepy." On the other hand, retro Halloween photos seem to warm the heart and gather positive response. Why?
Here are some theories I have on this subject.
1. VINTAGE HALLOWEEN PHOTOS ARE IN BLACK & WHITE OR SEPIA TONE, WHILE RETRO HALLOWEEN PHOTOS ARE IN COLOR.
2. WE KNOW WHAT THE CHILDREN IN THE RETRO HALLOWEEN PHOTOS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE.
Some would holler about commercialism and lack of creativity, but that is why many of us look at those photos lovingly. We remember going trick or treating dressed as Snoopy, Mickey Mouse, Batman, Strawberry Shortcake, Chewbacca, a Smurf, Frankenstein, or another popular pop culture character.
We usually look at the kids in vintage Halloween photos and say "What on Earth is that kid supposed to be?" Many of these kids look like faceless creatures, hooded vigilantes or giant animals in clothing.
3. RETRO HALLOWEEN PHOTOS ARE USUALLY TAKEN IN HOMES OR SCHOOLS. VINTAGE HALLOWEEN PHOTOS SEEM TO BE TAKEN OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
Once again, familiarity helps. The retro Halloween photos look like they were taken at our school Halloween party or at our house.
The vintage Halloween photos always seem to be taken in a barren field or in front of old deserted house.
4. ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER...
These articles you see are usually written by a Generation X or Baby Boomer writer with an affection for that era of Halloween. We dressed in store bought costumes, then went home with a plastic Jack O'Lantern filled with Snickers, Kit Kats, Sweet Tarts and Mary Jane peanut butter kisses to watch It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or Mad Monster Party. Many of them, now have children and grandchildren that they will take trick or treating or to a trunk or treat event. The kids in the vintage photos were probably given turnips and stale biscuits, which caused them to burn down barns and topple outhouses.
Those kids in those vintage Halloween photos (like the group above) are all dead now, but THEY WILL BE COMING BACK THIS HALLOWEEN TO DRAG YOU TO HELL! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!