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Ghoul It Up! Hilarious Pictures of Halloween Parties in the 70s

Nikola Budanovic

By the 1970s, Halloween was a nation-wide phenomenon, with all the props included. The New York Village Halloween Parade was first organized by puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee in 1974, further popularizing masks and costumes as a must-have on Halloween.

The parade itself grew to become the largest Halloween event in the world, and one of the largest nighttime parades in the United States.

By the end of the decade, the general Halloween vibe was immortalized in the cult-classic horror film made by the master of the genre, John Carpenter.

But nothing speaks of the time better than photographs which were taken in the midst of Halloween celebrations in 1970s America.

These photos taken at costume parties are a true time capsule when it comes to remembering how things once were. Get ready for a real blast from the past, with a selection of cool images, all representing the true spirit of Halloween.

Bake those spooky cupcakes girls!

Bake those spooky cupcakes girls!

 

There was always time for a cigarette in the house.

There was always time for a cigarette in the house.

 

Don Jaun Dracula in the house

Don Jaun Dracula in the house

 

The Wicked Witch of cool glasses

The Wicked Witch of cool glasses

 

“Good thing I had insurance”

“Good thing I had insurance”

 

The Incredible Floating Mustache!

The Incredible Floating Mustache!

 

Trick or Treat hairy arms edition

Trick or Treat hairy arms edition

 

Look at that snooty ghoul on the right.

Look at that snooty ghoul on the right.

 

Time for another cigarette break!

Time for another cigarette break!

 

America!

America!

 

That kid on the left is NOT playing around.

That kid on the left is NOT playing around.

 

Swingers like Halloween too.

Swingers like Halloween too.

 

Halloween needs more mustachioed nurses.

Halloween needs more mustachioed nurses.

 

Nothing goes with a fairy costume on a grown man quite like a mustache.

Nothing goes with a fairy costume on a grown man quite like a mustache.

 

The classic bedsheet ghost.

The classic bedsheet ghost.

 

Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

 

Calm down everybody!

Calm down everybody!

 

Bug-Eyed Dracula is in the house!

Bug-Eyed Dracula is in the house!

 

Guy in the back is definitely up to no good.

Guy in the back is definitely up to no good.

 

Every Halloween party needs chaperones.

Every Halloween party needs chaperones.

 

Something ain’t quite right with this Mickey…

Something ain’t quite right with this Mickey…

 

Ready to rage!

Ready to rage!

 

Really hope that mustache is real…

Really hope that mustache is real…

 

Go girls!

Go girls!

 

Genuinely scary

Genuinely scary

 

Hey watch where your hand’s going Frank!

Hey watch where your hand’s going Frank!

Today some might argue that Halloween has become more of a consumer-focused holiday, with the uniquely creepy oddness of homemade costumes being replaced by an unending choice of prefab outfits — not to mention all the pumpkin spice flavor branded products and seasonal candy filling the stores.

Read another story from us: The Creepiest Halloween Costumes from a Century Ago

Whatever the case, the holiday itself is a large part of the North American culture and has been so since early 20th century when it was adopted into the mainstream from Irish and Scottish immigrants.