Halloween 2020 will likely look different than in past years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends avoiding coming into direct contact with trick-or-treaters, suggests giving candy outside rather than from your front door, and of course, wearing a mask. Though the CDC also specifies that a Halloween mask is not a suitable substitute for a protective mask, and warns against wearing a costume mask on top of a cloth mask because it could make breathing challenging.
With COVID-19 rates still a concern, some may avoid trick-or-treating, parties, and parades altogether. But without a doubt, costumes will still be worn, whether to be shown off on social media or to be admired by socially-distant passerbys.
To celebrate the tradition of dressing up for Halloween, Stacker scoured the archives to find 50 photos of Halloween costumes from 1865 to today. The usual suspects pop up throughout the centuries—cats, witches, ghosts, and ghouls—but pop culture references also make an appearance, from Darth Vader to Ronald Reagan.
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