October 14, 2022

Historic photos show Halloween in Florida through the years

Leslie Dughi dressed as a witch for Halloween in Tallahassee, Florida. (1972)
Leslie Dughi dressed as a witch for Halloween in Tallahassee, Florida. (1972)
In a state that changes as rapidly as Florida, it can be comforting to know that some things will always be the same as they were.

Long-running events and annual holidays provide a good opportunity to look back and see the folks who were here before weren't so different from the people who are here now. Halloween in particular, with the changes in costuming norms and trends, is a fun time to take a look through the dusty photo albums.

We've compiled a few of our favorite Florida photos from the state archives, to show off the way that Florida has celebrated spooky season in years past.
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Pam Maneeratana displays her carved pumpkins: Tallahassee, Florida. (1987)
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Pam Maneeratana displays her carved pumpkins: Tallahassee, Florida. (1987)
Pine Crest School student carving a Halloween pumpkin: Fort Lauderdale. (1967)
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Pine Crest School student carving a Halloween pumpkin: Fort Lauderdale. (1967)
Underwater witch at Halloween: Rainbow Springs, Florida. (c. 1950)
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Underwater witch at Halloween: Rainbow Springs, Florida. (c. 1950)
Close-up view of woman dressed as witch for Halloween in Key West. (1983)
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Close-up view of woman dressed as witch for Halloween in Key West. (1983)
Close-up view of a Key West person dressed in Halloween costume. (1983)
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Close-up view of a Key West person dressed in Halloween costume. (1983)
Charles and Annette Witherington in Halloween costumes in Orlando. (1932)
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Charles and Annette Witherington in Halloween costumes in Orlando. (1932)
Pine Crest School students wearing Halloween costumes in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (c. 1970)
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Pine Crest School students wearing Halloween costumes in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (c. 1970)
Pumpkins carved in the likeness of President Jimmy Carter in Polk County. (1980)
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Pumpkins carved in the likeness of President Jimmy Carter in Polk County. (1980)
Carolyn Steinmetz dressed as a witch for Halloween: Sarasota, Florida. (c. 1970)
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Carolyn Steinmetz dressed as a witch for Halloween: Sarasota, Florida. (c. 1970)