Ghosts of Halloween Past

vintage_collage_medWhat is it about black and white photos of yesteryear’s homemade Halloween costumes that makes them so creepy? Do the rough masks edge the rim of the Uncanny Valley? Has the camera captured a little bit of that special magic of All Hallow’s Eve, when the threshold between this world and the next is just a little bit thinner? Do the images feel “off” because these people are likely all dead? Can’t say… the only thing I do know is that these photos are a thousand times more unsettling than anything that comes trick or treating these days.