Pumpkins have always been in style, but the other decorations that have defined Halloween throughout the years may surprise you.
Apparently, spooking people never gets old. Here, a ghostly caped figure "scares" two people in their kitchen sometime during the 19th century.
Frightening? Yes. Well decorated? Also yes. This photograph shows a person, possibly a teacher, wearing a ghost costume behind a table covered with Halloween decorations in a rural schoolhouse. The décor includes a carved pumpkin, witch and black cat cutouts and haystacks.
Clearly, clowns were all the rage in the early 1900s. Here, partygoers put on their best Halloween garb to bring the holiday to life.
Black cats are nowhere new to the Halloween decoration scene. Here, a woman in a Halloween witches' hat holds a model cat decoration on a chain in the mid-1920s.
If you don't have floating ghosts as part of your Halloween décor, you clearly need to step up your game. Here, in the mid-1930s, children dip into a well of bobbing apples as ghostly figures levitate (or, perhaps, are pinned) in the background.
In this 1940s decoration store, the options for expressing Halloween spirit were limitless. Two young women inspect a paper skeleton, along with other items, in the novelty shop.
Pumpkin selfie, anyone? Here, a teen girl in the 1940s pretends to be frightened next to a jack-o'-lantern.
Awee: A dog in a Halloween hat holds a pumpkin pail in in 1945. We wonder how keen the pooch was about having a black cat on his hat, though.
Even if apple bobbing has gone out of style over the years, pumpkin décor has not. The proof is in this gourd-laden photo taken in the 1950s.
A boy draws himself a (spooky? funny?) Halloween mask in 1955. If Pinterest was invented mid-century, this lad would be all about those DIY decor boards.
It's the picture-perfect scene: A young couple cheerfully carves a Halloween pumpkin for their seasonal decorations in autumn woods. Again, proof that pumpkins are always on trend.
Yes, this may seem like a scene from a horror flick. But it's actually a display of Halloween masks from the 1960s — just imagine decorating your wall with this get-up.
In a Portland library circa 1967, a woman and two children examine a skeleton decoration. Is it just us, or would a mysterious 60s library be the perfect setting for a seriously spooky movie?
Even American actress Sandra Dee got in on Halloween fun. Here, she dances with a guitar-clad skeleton and black cat decorations, situated on hay stacks.
In this candid snapshot, American actress Mia Farrow gazes at a cloaked pumpkin statue circa 1970. We would also be confused upon seeing this dècor, Mia.
Sixth-graders put the finishing touches on a haunted house decoration at their school in the late 1970s.
Halloween decorations gradually become more flambouyant in the 80s. Pumpkin decorations serve as ornaments for a tree in the yard of this Kansas house, and a skeleton stands guard nearby.
Grand Halloween decorations continue into the mid-80s. This Boston house is covered with various pumpkins, witches, skeletons, bats and flying ghosts donning a mix of smiles and frightened faces.
Halloween takes a friendly approach in this scene from "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble," a made-for-TV movie starring Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen. Orange, black and yellow balloons deck the kid-friendly space, which also includes happy carved pumpkins and a pastel stage.
Halloween is brighter than ever at this house on Balboa Island, California. Glowing and neon decorations make the festivities a 24/7 spectacle in the neighborhood.
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