What Kids Today Missed From Groovy Era Halloween Costumes

By Linda Speckhals
Bat Girl, St. Ann or Leia (?) and Wonder Woman. (Larry Racioppo, NYPL)

Halloween costumes of the Groovy Era lacked the elaborate intricacy of contemporary times. However, while they fell short on the complexity like the era they hail from, they made up in hilarious antiquity. The Halloween costumes of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s rode a beautiful wave of ignorance, completely devoid of embarrassment or self-awareness.

Halloween’s simpler times, in hindsight, offered comedy on many levels. In some cases, the poor quality of masks and costumes instantly date them in a warm and fuzzy nostalgic way. Here’s a trip down memory lane of groovy Halloween costumes ranging from ridiculous to downright terrible.