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October 20, 2023

16 Vintage Photographs of Hollywood Stars From the 1950s Celebrating Halloween

Since the days of old Hollywood, celebrities have brought a certain glamour to every occasion—even bobbing for apples or attending a costume party. When Ava Gardner and Jayne Mansfield ruled the screen, stars of their caliber were known for celebrating every holiday in style, Halloween included.

Through the decades that followed, parties were aplenty and, much like at the star-studded events of today, it wasn’t uncommon to see your favorite household names mingling in unforgettable outfits. For a nostalgic peek at the biggest bashes, most glamorous costumes, and spookiest photo shoots, here’s a collection of 16 vintage photos of Hollywood stars celebrating Halloween from the 1950s:

British actress Elizabeth Allan cozied up to a carved pumpkin in a late-1950s promo shot.

Julia Arnall looked like she had a blast bobbing for apples at a 1950s party.

Debbie Reynolds dressed as a clown for a 1954 party in Los Angeles.

The future First Lady Pat Nixon posed with her two daughters, Tricia and Julie, in princess costumes in 1954.

Ann Miller was the picture of elegance in a 1955 photo shoot featuring pumpkins, black cats, and a witch’s hat.

Natalie Wood and Robert Vaughn looked straight out of a fairytale in 1956.

Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay got wild as Tarzan and Jane in 1956.

Maila Nurmi, known for playing Vampira, looked as eerie as her famous character while partying with a mummy in 1956.

Valerie Allen danced the night away with actor Mack Gray at a Halloween bash in 1956.

Looks like Eddie Fisher forgot to wear a costume to Sy Devore’s 1956 Halloween party.

Jane Withers didn’t hide her fear at a clown-filled party in 1956, though actor Todd Lasswell seemed amused.

In 1957, Joan Collins channeled a Roaring Twenties flapper at a party in L.A.

Elvis Presley and Joan Bradshaw The King was snapped attending a 1957 party with actress Bradshaw. Even while masked, the singer is unmistakable.

Hird served punch to a group of witches—including actresses Frances Day and Marilyn Davies—at a party in 1958.

In 1958, Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay threw a joint birthday and Halloween celebration for their daughter, Jayne Marie.

Who wouldn't want to spend Halloween at the Plaza Hotel? Claudette Colbert was snapped dancing at the famous New York venue on October 31, 1959.


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