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Classic Halloween costumes from 1865 to today

  • Paul Stanley from Kiss

    An 11-year-old Kiss fan poses in his Paul Stanley makeup on Halloween 1971.

  • A chef and Uncle Fester with Thing

    A chef with a knife in his head stands near Uncle Fester and Thing from “The Addams Family,” circa 1980s.

  • Spider-Man

    A young child trick-or-treating in a Spider-Man costume in Suncook, New Hampshire, circa 1980s.

  • Phantoms

    Ghostly phantoms on Halloween Eve, circa 1980, in Salem, Massachusetts.

  • Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan

    Two kids wearing masks of President Jimmy Carter and GOP presidential hopeful Ronald Reagan go trick-or-treating on Oct. 31, 1980.

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  • Various children's cosumes

    Children and adults dressed up for Halloween 1985.

  • Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, Snow White, a ballerina, and a football player

    An adult and children dressed in Halloween costumes, Webster Groves, Missouri, circa 1990.

  • A cat and some ghouls

    Children trick-or-treating wearing ghoulish costumes on Halloween in the U.K., circa 1990.

  • A witch, ghoul, ninja, and pirate

    Children dressed in Halloween costumes in Oak View, California, 1996.

  • Where’s Waldo

    Terry Hartshorn and Sharon Hartshorn pose for a caricature artist in “Where’s Waldo” costumes during the Halloween bash to benefit theater company Stopgap in 1996.

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