Cartoons: Halloween Is for Grownups, Too

Halloween isn't just for kids! Throw on a spooky or silly costume and enjoy being someone else for a day!

Man in a dog suit takes a glass of whiskey at a Halloween party

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Costume parties must have been popular in the 1950s, because these cartoons aren’t just from our October issues. But we’re posting them in this collection to remind you that adults can have fun at Halloween, too!

Woman dressed as a witch makes a stew using a witch's brew pot.
“I thought we’d have a quick bite before going to the party.”
O’Brien
October 29, 1955

 

Woman comments on her husband's devil costume.
“Aren’t you rather thinly disguised?”
Walt Wetterberg
November 12, 1955

 

Party guests comments on a couple's Halloween costume theme
“They came as today’s daily double.”
Les Colin
April 7, 1951

 

Man in a dog suit takes a glass of whiskey at a Halloween party
Tom Henderson
February 11, 1956

 

Woman is upset that her husband has her as the bottom half of their horse costume.
“I suppose this is your idea of good casting!”
Busino
February 12, 1966

 

 

Party guests comment on someone's Halloween costume, which is a corpse on a hospital gurney
“Now, why didn’t I think of that?”
Bob Barnes
January 1, 1955

 

Woman teases her husband's pirate costume.
“You make quite an authentic looking pirate…sunken chest and all.”
Fred Levinson
June 4, 1955

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Comments

  1. As an artist/cartoonist I enjoy looking at year past cartoons. They were more simple and enjoyable, just the way life was.

  2. I really shouldn’t be surprised adult Halloween parties go back to mid-century, but somehow still am. Here they are, and a lot aren’t (as stated) from vintage October issues. Surprisingly, I’ve never attended an adult Halloween party outside of those at work, and even then they weren’t very Halloween-like: as Falco doing ‘Amadeus’ in ’85 and a Chippendale’s guy in ’86.

    Ah yes, the only guy in the unit, shirtless with the cuffs & collar streaked blonde hair; short on the sides, longer in the back, and spiked at the top with that hair gel. I wrote of it before in one of Andy Hollandbeck’s or Bob Sassone’s columns with the politically incorrect details one or 2 years ago? Time is so weird now, I have no idea. I was chastised, so I’m keeping it a conservative sound bite referral here.

    My favorite of today’s cartoon selections has to be number 5, by Busino. She has to go to that party as a horse’s @$$. So degrading (therefore funny), but something tells me she’s going to make a scene and he’ll be sorry. Number 2 is my 2nd favorite for similar reasons.

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