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.
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.
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.