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Halloween inspiration from the past (Photos)

Halloween, 1952. (All photos courtesy of and

Shying away from the skimpy Halloween costumes? Weary of the Sarah Palin masks? Wishing for an innocent Halloween of yesteryear?

Go get your nostalgia-fill at My Parents Loved Halloween, a new Tumblr blog that documents Halloween between 1930 and 1990 with user-submitted photos.

It's the brainchild of Renaud Dehareng, (or Greg Palmer, his Anglo-sounding pseudonym), the creator of the popular blog Growing Up Heroes.

Both sites tap into our love of putting on strange costumes, looking like goofballs and being very, very happy. Scroll through the vintage photos and be awash in that sentimentality of childhood yearning. They're a great walk back through our collective memory. (Scroll down for more photos or go see Post readers' childhood Halloween photos here.)

I spoke to Dehareng in an e-mail conversation about his blogs, and he said Halloween is not that big of a deal in his home of Belgium, though people are coming around to the tradition.

Q: What made you start the Web site?
I love photography and history. I like collecting vintage photos showing the everyday life of average people, around the world. And I like culture: comics, heroes, cinema, etc. I would also like to promote my brother's paintings via my blogs.

Q: Why do you think people have such a sentimental attachment to putting on goofy costumes?
Maybe because they want to dream and to laugh. They want to escape the reality and to identify themselves to imaginary and humoristic heroes.

Q: Why do you think people have such a sentimental attachment to other people putting on goofy costumes?
Who won't? They are so cute.

Q: Why did you branch off from Growing up Superheroes?
I would like to create several different blogs about different cultural subjects but all built on the same base: vintage pictures. GrowingUpHeroes is collecting vintage pics about heroes. MyParentsLovedHalloween is collecting vintage pics about Halloween. In the future, I will launch other projects but I don't know what for the moment.

Halloween,1985. Submitted by Franz
Halloween, 1974.
John playing Captian Kirk undercover on a planet, armed with phaser and communicator. Halloween, 1970.
Halloween, 1965.
Halloween, 1990.
Halloween, 1984.

By Melissa Bell  | October 28, 2010; 3:07 PM ET
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