What Kids Today Missed From Groovy Era Halloween Costumes

By | October 28, 2021

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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.

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Time waits for no man. Unless that man is Chuck Norris. (flashbak)

The Plastic Mask Era

Sure, cell phone technology has come leaps and bounds from the milk carton size mobile phones of the ‘80s. But don’t sleep on the improvements made to Halloween masks in the past few decades either. This Chuck Norris mask looks more like a pedophile going to the gym than Walker, Texas Ranger. The masks were also made with the flimsiest of plastics that limited things like the ability to see or breathe. Thankfully, none of that mattered because CANDY!