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  • File photos Oct. 31, 2013: A ladybug and Iron Man go trick-or-treating. 

  • Oct. 31, 1952: Finding the apple is among games during a Halloween party at St. Joseph Hospital.

  • Oct. 31, 2001: Shortly after Sept. 11, patriotic costumes are on display during trick-or-treating in New Haven. 

  • File Oct. 31, 1984: A cowboy digs for treasure at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.

  • File Oct. 29, 1951: Children in masks go door-to-door for a cause, collecting donations for the American Friends Service Committee

  • File Oct. 31, 1983: Costumed children check out their warped reflections in a fun-house mirror at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

  • In this undated photo from the 1940s, children snack on ice cream and apples in their Halloween costumes.

  • File Oct. 30, 1998: A bride collects treats while trick-or-treating at a senior center.

  • File Oct. 31, 1984: A creature covered in tropical camouflage climbs out of the waterfall to scare visitors including a Care Bear at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.

  • Oct. 31, 1977: Your secret identity is safe with us! These kids are dressed up for Halloween at a firehouse.

  • File Oct. 31, 1982: Just hanging out in a coffin. You know, like you do.

  • File 1985: A member of the Fort Wayne Police Department tosses a treat in a child's bucket.

  • File Oct. 31: 1983: Costumed children check out some gourd animals at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

  • File Oct. 31, 1953: Costumed kids walk in a parade at Harrison Hill.

  • File Oct. 31, 1955: Wounded soldiers and a box of popcorn are among costumes at this school.

  • File Oct. 31, 1990: A child wears a dinosaur costume while visiting the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for Halloween.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 1:00 am

Throwback Thursday

Halloween through the years

What are you dressing up as for Halloween, kids? A dinosaur? A mummy? Maybe you're dressing up as your favorite superhero.

We've been dressing up at this time of year for a long time – we're talking about hundreds of years – even if our ancestors wouldn't recognize many of our modern costumes. Can you imagine someone from 200 years ago trying to figure out an Iron Man costume? 

Here is a look back at Halloween costumes and celebrations from The Journal Gazette archives.

– Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette

Throwback Thursday appears in print the last week of the month. To see more archive photos throughout the month, follow @JGFeatures on Twitter. To suggest a date or event to be featured, email Corey McMaken at or call 461-8475.