Halloween Costumes Through The Years

The Most Popular Halloween Costumes Each Year From 1950-2017
Costumes throughout the years! Created using Canva
Costumes throughout the years! Created using Canva
Atley Shafer

Through the years, Halloween has seen many different costumes. From celebrities to superheroes to the classic ghost. As new movies and TV shows are released and new trends arise, Halloween costumes are made. 


The best part of Halloween, besides candy of course, is the costumes! Whether you buy your costume or you make one from scratch, dressing up is fun! 


Although there are thousands of different costumes, every year it seems there is one costume that everyone is wearing. So, what were the most popular Halloween costumes each year?


The most popular costumes each year, according to Reader’s Digest and 97x:



1950: A Cowboy

1951: Tarzan

1952: Don Lockwood (Singin in the Rain)

1953: Mickey Mouse

1954: Batman 

1955: Davy Crockett 

1956: Anna Leonowens (The King and I)

1957: Frankenstein

1958: Zorro (Zorro)

1959: Marilyn Monroe



1960: Hula Girl

1961: Holly Golighty (Breakfast at Tiffanys)

1962: Rocky and Bullwinkle (The adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle)

1963: Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra)

1964: The Beatles

1965: Sonny and Cher

1966: Barbie

1967: Morticia Addams (The Addams Family)

1968: Rosemary Woodhouse (Rosemary’s Baby)

1969: Astronaut



1970: Elvis Presley

1971: Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)

1972: Don Corleone (The Godfather)

1973: Marcia Brady (The Brady Bunch)

1974: Richard Nixon

1975: Dr. Frank-N-Furter (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

1976: Charlie’s Angels 

1977: Star Wars

1978: Michael Myers (Halloween)

1979: Rocky Balboa (Rocky)



1980: John Travolta 

1981: Indiana Jones

1982: E. T. (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)

1983: Michael Jackson

1984: Madonna

1985: Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

1986: California Raisin

1987: ALF (ALF)

1988: Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice)

1989: Ghostbusters (Ghostbusters)



1990: Marty McFly (Back to the Future)

1991: Terminator (The Terminator)

1992: Barney (Barney & Friends)

1993: Power Rangers (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

1994: Bart Simpson (The Simpsons)

1995: Lloyd Chirstmas and Harry Dunne (Dumb and Dumber)

1996: The Spice Girls

1997: Austin Powers (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery)

1998: Ghostface (Scream 2)

1999: Neo (The Matrix)



2000: Britney Spears

2001: Harry Potter and Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

2002: Spider Man (Spider-Man)

2003: Captain Jack Sparrow (The Cruise of the Black Pearl)

2004: SpongeBob SquarePants

2005: Darth Vader (Star Wars)

2006: V (V for Vendetta)

2007: Hannah Montana

2008: High School Musical Cast

2009: Lady Gaga



2010: Princess Tiana (Princess in the Frog)

2011: Sue Sylvester (Glee)

2013: Iron Man

2014: Anna (Frozen)

2015: Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad)

2016: Kids (Stranger Things)

2017: Wonder Woman


Between 1950 and 2017—Halloween costumes have changed quite a bit. From simple to flashy, fictional characters to celebrities, on October 31 there is a little bit of everything! 


What costumes will the next 67 years bring?


Which Decade Of Halloween Costumes Is Your Favorite?


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Atley Shafer
Atley Shafer, Engineer
Grade: 10 Years as an Engineer: 1 How do you contribute to being a Roader? "I am an active member of FFA and outside of school I enjoy spending time with my animals and photography. I also show dairy cows and work on my family's dairy farm." What song do you listen to the most? "I don't have a favorite song but I like country music." What motivates you? "Being able to write articles and educate Brunswick about everything going on in the school and community."  Why journalism? "I look forward to being a journalist for The Gazette because I am excited to write articles and to try something new." 
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