Grown-Up Halloween 1950s

I used to think of Halloween as just for kids though lately more and more adults are dressing in costumes for the holiday. Among my mother’s photos, I found one showing her in costume as an adult. Apparently back in the fifties, there were grown-up costume parties in Kansas.

Here she is, Gail Lee Martin as a young married woman, wearing a Mexican outfit.

Here she is, Gail Lee Martin as a young married woman, wearing a Mexican outfit.

The photo seems to be at her parent’s home near Madison. I’ve never heard the story about this outfit but know her parents took a trip to Mexico at one time. They brought back a pair of bird pictures made of feathers. Perhaps the sombrero and the serape are souvenirs from the McGhee’s trip as well.

The light-colored, long-sleeved blouse looks silky in texture. She’s wearing slacks with it. Up until she had her 5th child, she only weighed 90 pounds.

I must ask my aunt if this photo of her came from that same occasion?

Here's Carol Jean McGhee and her friend, Lois Vosler. Is that the same tree behind them that we saw in the photo of Gail?

Here’s Carol Jean McGhee and her friend. Is that the same tree behind them that we saw in the photo of Gail?

Update: My aunt had several more photos from this occasion. She remembers that it was a party, but not who held it or how they celebrated.

Carol Jean hams it up with her friend.

Carol Jean hams it up with her friend.

Daniel Boone is in a tree now. Not sure if that is a toy rifle or a BB gun.

Daniel Boone is in a tree now. Not sure if that is a toy rifle or a BB gun.

Are you dressing up for this Halloween? Tell me about your costume.

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2 thoughts on “Grown-Up Halloween 1950s

  1. I am Lynn Cornelius, son of Roy Cornelius,also from Madison,Ks. I was born in 1946 and left Madison around59-60. I enjoy hearing from people back home. My grandparents on my mothers side were the Walter Myers’s from Hamilton and the Charles Cummins on dads side in Madison. I live in Mississippi. Ive been down here since 1963,when I graduated in 1964.

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