CVLT Nation’s
Creepiest Photo Album III
Halloween Edition

It seems like back in the day, people had a better idea of how to give someone the creeps on Halloween. Mostly, it seemed to involve wearing masks that, even on children, gave the wearer such a misshapen, terrifying visage that Halloween must have truly been a dark and disturbing holiday. Today, kids dress up as Princesses or Batman, but decades ago they were grotesque ghosts with gaping maws full of razor-sharp teeth. Parents didn’t think twice about dressing their child in a skull mask resembling a death’s head, putting their kids on the street in costumes that aimed to scare people. Looking through these awesome photos, it’s hard not to reflect on how corporate-consumer-culture has watered down this holiday, especially for children. It used to be about making your own paper-mache goblin face and throwing on an old robe, and now it’s about buying some cheap, tinselly version of a TV character. I offer you a gallery of creepy vintage Halloween photography to peruse for inspiration, then I think you should break out the balloons and newspaper and make yourself a mask that will offend and disgust all your neighbors, just like our forbearers did…



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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation webzine and clothing.

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Wendy
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Wendy
3 years 23 days ago

I was almost three years old in 1958 when my mother had me don the very same witch’s mask you see in the middle bottom photo! As with all great holidays, Hallowe’en has sadly become commercialized.

Raymond W. Bruels III
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Raymond W. Bruels III
3 years 24 days ago

I only recently came across this and I wanted to send a thanks out for the gallery of images. They embody the creepiness of what I loved of Halloween as a kid and I certainly think we are missing a DIY element in the holiday.

Ethan
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3 years 9 months ago

You should post the photographer’s names with the photos. Otherwise the art is ruined. From one photographer looking out for the others.

Daniel
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Daniel
3 years 9 months ago

Evil and darkness.

Vom
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3 years 9 months ago

Here’s some more creepy pictures: http://maskaras.tumblr.com/

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