Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Vintage Halloween, California Style

Here in the land of sun and starlets Halloween can be considered a major holiday.  When I was a kid we would dress up, go to school, and parade our costumes from classroom-to-classroom first thing in the morning. Of course we would have a Halloween party with lots of sugary treats in the afternoon.

I found these images of children playing in the schoolyard somewhere in California, circa 1953.  The costumes are just adorable:

via Flickr

Civic parades and beauty contests have also been a traditional part of local Halloween celebrations. These attractive ladies were probably wannabe Hollywood starlets and were contestants in the 1947 Halloween Slick Chick beauty contest in Anaheim, California:

via UCLA

And in the grand tradition of holiday parades, the city of Anaheim, California has held a Halloween parade every year since 1924.  Enjoy the montage of vintage images in this short two minute video:

Have a happy and fun Halloween!


  1. I adored dressing up for school, too. The idea that you could wear your costume to class was just so, so cool to my young mind. Even now, I put on my Halloween costume bright and early on the 31st and leave it on until my eyelids grow heavy come evening.

    Have a spooktastically marvelous Halloween, my dear friend!
    ♥ Jessica

    1. Can't wait to see photos of this year's costume Jessica! And have a wonderful day as well!

  2. Fantastic pics and that Video!!!! Wow!

    1. So glad you loved it Becky! It was quite the find. Have a fantastic Halloween!


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