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CULTURE | September 17, 2023

Children Wearing Burlap Sacks As Costumes, 1950 


In the 1950s, children had a unique way of dressing up for Halloween. Instead of store-bought costumes, they would often make their own from burlap sacks! This creative and resourceful style was popularized by the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), in which Dorothy famously wore her iconic blue gingham dress and red slippers. The trend caught on quickly among young trick-or-treaters who wanted to emulate Dorothy's look. Burlap sack costumes also provided an inexpensive option for families that couldn't afford to buy expensive costumes. They were easy to make, comfortable to wear, and allowed kids to express their creativity through embellishments like buttons, fabric paint, or glitter. As a result, many children of the '50s grew up with fond memories of wearing burlap sacks as costumes.

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