15 Halloween Costumes From the 1970s

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Photographer Larry Racioppo captured a variety of children's costumes as they roamed the streets in the mid-'70s. The results are a bit creepy, but ultimately endearing.

1. "The Tin Man"

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A tiny Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz takes a break. He accessorized with a timeless plastic pumpkin bucket.

2. "The Bionic Woman, Bambi, and Cinderella [masks on]"

It's a good thing that their shirts give some indication of who they are supposed to be, or else there would be a lot of nameless tiny blonde women running around.

3. "Bat Girl, St. Ann, and Wonder Woman"

Three girls pose in their costumes.

4. "Pussycat and friends"

Halloween in the '70s was a great time for children with surprisingly on-point makeup.

5. "[Superman]"

Superman did not wear a mask, but bonus points for hair.

6. "Lucy and friends"

Lucy fell in with a bad crowd. 

7. "Three boys with tear makeup"

When does their next album drop? 

8. "Rubber Devil"

Somehow this disintegrating rubber mask manages to be creepier than the goriest masks on sale today.

9. "Dr. Zaius [mask on]"

Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius

10. "Frankenstein and friend"

Frankenstein's Monster and Skeleton make a good pair.

11. "Bacigolup"

Before there was Mario, there was Bacigolup. 

12. "Spider Woman and sister"

Spider Woman is very lucky to have a princess push her in her stroller.

13. "[Group of Trick-or-Treaters]"

The pterodactyl looks like Alec Baldwin in BeetlejuiceWhy does it have teeth? 

14. "The Ghost"

When there are no sheets available, a veil and rubber band will work in a pinch. Thanks Mom!

15. "Space Warrior and Bride"

Why be one character from Star Wars when you can combine them all into one super character? 

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