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Vintage photos of Hollywood stars celebrating Halloween

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Since the days of Old Hollywood, celebrities have brought a certain amount of glamor to every occasion, even dancing for apples or attending a costume party. When Ava Gardner and Jayne Mansfield ruled the screen, stars of their caliber were known to celebrate every holiday in style, Halloween included. In the decades since, there have been plenty of parties, and just like today’s star-studded events, it wasn’t uncommon to see your favorite household names mingled in unforgettable outfits. For a nostalgic look at the biggest parties, glamorous costumes, and spookiest photoshoots (plus some great costume inspiration), here are 50 vintage photos of Hollywood stars celebrating Halloween.

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The Halloween Town actress dressed as a clown for a party in Los Angeles in 1954.

Natalie Wood and Robert Vaughn

The Old Hollywood couple seemed straight out of a fairy tale in 1956.

In 1957, Collins channeled a roaring twenties flapper at a party in Los Angeles

Jazz legend Armstrong led a skeleton-themed band in the 1936s pennies from heaven.

Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay

The Old Hollywood power couple went wild as Tarzan and Jane in 1956.

Farrow made a pumpkin-headed pal in 1970.

Elvis Presley and Joan Bradshaw

The King was photographed attending a party in 1957 with actress Bradshaw. Even masked, the singer is undeniable.

The postman always rings twice star (fourth from left) sipped a jack-o’-lantern alongside some friends in 1937.

The actress, known for playing Vampira, looked just as weird as her famous character as she partied with a mummy in 1956.

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

Gardner was undeniably spellbinding in this 1944 publicity shot.

The model looked perfect during a Halloween photo shoot in 1948.

The starlet got into the Halloween spirit during a photo shoot in 1970.

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

Hayworth looked glamorous as a fortune teller at a 1935 party with singer-actor Pinky Tomlin.

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

The model brought out her inner Morticia Addams in 1984, attending an event with theater star Tommy Tune.

The British actress got close to a carved pumpkin in a promotional photo from the late 1950s.

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

In a colorized photo, the actress and children’s radio host and her friends took a group photo in their high-end costumes.

Lisa Hartman and Dena Crowder

The Tabitha co-stars posed backstage while filming a Halloween special in 1977.

The i love lucy star (front row, third from left) rolled up to the celebration in a stroller, as part of a quintuplet group costume in 1935.

The gadget star added a touch of floral cheer to a spooky photoshoot in the late 1960s.

Who wouldn’t want to spend Halloween at the Plaza Hotel? Colbert was photographed dancing in the famous hall in New York on October 31, 1959.

RFK and his wife handed out candy to cheaters outside their home in McLean, Virginia in 1961.

George Segal and Barbra Streisand

The duo looked ready for Halloween in the 1970s The owl and the kitty disguises.

The musician donned a vampire outfit at a 1970 party hosted by members of the New York recording industry.

Dressed in a gingham sweater and giant hair bow, the actress posed with a wide-eyed pal in 1929.

Pumpkin carving is a holiday tradition, and the silent movie star had a blast in 1925.

The actor, known for several horror roles, entertained guests at a party for soldiers in 1944.

In 1979, the model showed us what it would be like if Charlie Chaplin went to roller disco.

The Italian actress got lost in a creepy good book during this 1960 photo shoot.

Rutherford perched on a pile of perfect pumpkins in this fun photo from 1940.

Paul Petersen and Shelley Fabares

The Donna Reed Show the costars looked festive as one can be in a spooky photoshoot.

Cloris Leachman, Dick Van Dyke and Michelle Triolla

The iconic performers were barely recognizable when they raised a glass together at the Sutton Place Hotel in 1984.

Looks like the performer forgot to wear a costume at Sy Devore’s Halloween party in 1956.

Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay

In 1958, the couple threw a birthday and Halloween party for their daughter, Jayne Marie.

The singer and his wife, Janice, wore jeans with a western twist to an event in 1977.

Nixon, then the first daughter, shared a laugh with actor Jonathan Frid at a White House party for local children in 1969.

Here the Meet Mr. Meek the starlet set the scene for the rally she organized for fellow radio stars in 1940.

The Rat Pack member enjoyed a night out in New York City with friends for Halloween in 1983.

Although not in costume, the actor enjoyed a Halloween dinner in 1945 with Gilbert Roland, Constance Bennett and Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons.

The actress stared at the corn stalks in this promotional photo circa 1933.

The actress looked like she had fun looking for apples at a 1950s party.

Bonita Granville and Billy Mauch

The performers showed off their costumes at the Edith Fellows Halloween party.

The 5-year-old actress was barely bigger than the pumpkin she was holding in this 1938 promotional photo In the heart of the North.

Before leaving on a trip across the country, the comedian took time out from a group of trick-or-treaters.

The filmmaker posed with a giant pumpkin and a broom in a promotional shot for Alfred Hitchcock presents.

The lake looked simply magical in 1942 I married a witch.

The actress made no secret of her fear at a clown-filled party in 1956, even though actor Todd Lasswell seemed amused.

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