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October 24, 2015

See How Kids Used to Celebrate Halloween From the 1930s Through the 1980s

Classic Halloween traditions like dressing up and carving pumpkins have been around for a while. Here, check out how kids in decades past celebrated the year's spookiest day.

07 Oct 1930 --- Children carve their own pumpkins for Halloween on Oct 7, 1930. (Underwood/Corbis)

A group of children in Halloween outfits, Milwaukee, Wisc., circa 1930s. (Everett Collection)

A young boy and girl crouch and bob for apples on Halloween, circa 1935. (Lionel Green—Getty Images)

A Halloween party circa 1940 in New York City. The party was organized for members of Tots' Town, a daycare facility at the Children's Aid Society's James Center. (Keystone—Getty Images)

A boy wears a knight costume, circa 1940s. (Michael Martin—Corbis)

A young girl in a Halloween hat posing with a jack o' lantern, circa 1945. (Lambert / Getty Images)

A young boy looks at a lit jack-o-lantern that he helped carve for Halloween, New York, 1949. (Rae Russel—Getty Images)

A boy and a girl wear Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating in this vintage shot, circa 1950s. (Everett Collection)

Full-length portrait of three children wearing Halloween costumes and holding trick-or-treat bags with their hands held out, circa 1955. (Lambert / Getty Images)

Children in costumes arriving at a Halloween party, circa 1955. (Joe Clark, Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

A group of children wearing Halloween costumes wait in a trick-or-treat line to receive apples from an officer at a police precinct, circa 1960. (American Stock / Getty Images)

A little girl, wearing a clown costume for trick-or-treating, chooses a treat at Halloween, 1960s. (L. Willinger, FPG / Getty Images)

Elementary school children at a Halloween festival in Anaheim, Calif., in October 1962. (AP)

Elementary school children at the Halloween festival in Anaheim, Calif., in October 1962. (AP)

A Halloween festival held in Anaheim, Ca., on Oct. 20, 1962. (AP)

President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office previewing Caroline and John Jr.'s Halloween costumes, October 1963. (Cecil Stoughton, Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Batman, the Green Hornet, Superman, and a host of other comic strip characters get geared up for Halloween in New Jersey, 1966. (Eddie Adams / AP Photo)

Children parade through Central Park in New York City on Oct. 30, 1966. (Jacob Harris—AP)

Singer Sonny Bono poses with a young Chaz Bono as the two wear matching costumes on Halloween in 1972. (CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images)

First lady Betty Ford hands out cookies and candy to a few lucky trick-or-treaters on Halloween in 1974. (Everett Collection)

First lady Betty Ford greets costumed school children on the White House South Lawn on Oct. 31, 1974 in Washington D.C. during a Halloween benefit for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. (HENRY GRIFFIN—AP)

Participants in the 10th annual Halloween Parade in New York, Oct. 31, 1983. (Ray Stubblebine—AP)

Second-graders pick their pumpkins during a class outing Oct. 19, 1984, at a farm next to their school near Doylestown, PA. (George Widman—AP)


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