This is such a terrific, high-quality image of Halloween 1974. These little Gen Xers, dressed up like a clown and Raggedy Ann, would be around my age today. I love their face paintings! I love that backyard swingset! This is a 35mm slide image. Click here to another high-quality set of 35mm slide images from Halloween 1972.
It’s funny remembering all the costumes kids and parents came up with when they didn’t have one. The housewife was a good one. You’d put a scarf on your hair or wear a shift and slippers. The Housewives of Atlanta would not appreciate this today. I have no clue what black-with-orange Polkadot kid is trying to be. Any ideas?
These Gen Xers are brothers. They lived in Sweden where they celebrate a version of Halloween around Easter. photo via flickr by mr pig (location: somewhere in Sweden)
More Pictures from Halloween 1974
Let’s see, we have Pebbles, Indian Maiden, a set of dominoes, a couple of plastic-face mask costumes, another little cowboy, and a couple of pirates.
This photo brings back so many memories of the classroom. I loved school parties as a kid. In 3rd grade, my mom was my homeroom mother and made applesauce pumpkin cookies on a stick for all the kids. She frosted pumpkin faces on them. She also made pumpkin placemats. I love the Lucy costume on the front row and the two Raggedy Anns! What is the boy on the front row, far left?
photo via flickr by snap man
I got kind of sad when I discovered this picture because I realized that this young mom must be around 60 years old now. As I’ve researched Halloween pictures for this project, my mind keeps turning to the tenuous relationship between members of Generation X and their Baby Boomer parents. Much has been written about Gen X being the most neglected generation in modern history. But, looking at all these pictures of Xers in Halloween costumes, many of them taken with their parents, I can’t help but think that neglect was not intentional. I mean, look at this sweet Baby Boomer mom. She made her kids costumes. She’s even wearing a mask.
My parents are members of the Silent Generation who strongly identified with their time and place in the world. I think that’s one reason I never minded the term Generation X. It never bothered me. From day one, I thought it was the coolest name ever. I was just wired by my parents to find my place in history.