An Infographic of the Most Popular Halloween Costumes in History

For the moment, it’s National Cat Day. But at the stroke of midnight it will again become Halloween time, or as they used to call it in the 8th Century, “All Hallows Eve”. Spooky how things change.

So what did people dress as before advent of the 9th century, the Sexy Vagina costume or Miley Cryus’ VMA twerkathon? What were the costumes du jour before blackface was ‘cool’ and Anorexia was sexy?

Well, you’ll probably be unsurprised to learn that the thought process behind a good costume has stayed relatively samey, with famous events, showbiz and even objects of that era dictating the decades’ most popular disguises. And now that Space Ghost and Evel Knievel have gone from clichéd to post-ironically cool, the below infographic might prove as inspirational as it is interesting.

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Is it Okay to Wear Blackface For My Halloween Costume?
The Stars Were Out Last Night — And They Wore Halloween Costumes
The 20 Best Pretty Little Liars Halloween Costumes Ever

A History Of Halloween Outfits

A History Of Halloween Outfits [Infographic] by the team at


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