Halloween Photos From Way Back When Will Creep You The Eff Out

Something about little kids in masks staring into a camera.

What is it about old photos of Halloween that add that extra teaspoon of nightmare fuel?

Maybe it's the black-and-white photographs. Or the fact that we don't really know the backstory behind these photographs.

We could, for all we know, be laughing at what was actually the site of some ritual sacrifice. Before widespread availability of communication technology and Internet databases, a lot of people went missing without anyone ever finding out exactly what happened to them.


Anyway, enjoy!

  • Circa 1905. Circa creepy AF.
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  • "You tie their hands behind their backs like this."
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  • "Billy, great to see you at this year's guinea pig sacrifice, really glad you could make it!"
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  • "Car trouble, huh? Yeah, we'll fix you up real good."
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  • "They said follow the screams, but I only hear low-pitched wailing."
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  • They don't want candy, but rather your sweet, delicious soul.
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  • Tommy wasn't interested in the treats. He was merely casing the joint for later.
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  • Pirate costumes ... or actual pirates?
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  • "The perfect disguise," thought the actual devil in a child's devil costume.
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  • The best part about a costume with a bag is you have something to carry your victims in.
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  • The smiling masks made no difference. These children were out for blood.
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  • But it was too late for the parents and their bags of candy. The child herd had detected their presence.
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