Classic Couples’ Costumes – Frankenstein and his Bride

Nothing says true love more than teaming up with your sweetheart on a couples’ costume for Halloween. Over the course of this month, we’ll take a look at several classic examples. Perhaps the most timeless costume pairing, and my personal favorite, is the archetypal Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein duo.

When I think of Frank and his Bride, I can’t help but picture Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester. You too?

The motion picture “Bride of Frankenstein” was released in 1935 and folks have been dressing up as the gruesome twosome ever since.

Codeandcoffee provided the fantastic image below from Halloween 1959. This is one of the best Halloween pics I’ve ever seen. The smartly dressed “Bride” looks every inch a lady as was typical of the women of her era, even those with a monster of a life partner. She is demure and displays the classic ‘50’s silhouette, the hourglass. Her groom is the most cheerful Frankenstein that I’ve ever seen. But with such a lovely bride, who can blame him for such a toothy smile.

Is that a third-eye on his forehead? What’s that about? Perhaps he’s a clairvoyant monster? And is she holding a roll of toilet paper…maybe for some mischief night mayhem?

Halloween 1959

This adorable, albeit blurry, photo comes from Brechtbug. The unabashed glee on the bride’s face speaks to an innocent time of life; you can’t help but feel her delight and the tug of nostalgia. I love the autumn leaves strewn about lawn, which set a real Halloween mood…you can almost feel the chill in the air. Search “vintage frankenstein costume” on eBay and you’ll find the exact costume worn by the young lad (or very close to it) for a mere $17.99…cheaper than modern costumes and delightfully retro.

Halloween Frankenstein Costumes Monster & Bride 1970

While not an actual vintage photo, I appreciate the retro sensibilities of this Frankenstein-and-Bride inspired pair of “1950s dead folks,” as the provider of this image, Kelly Readinger, describes the pic. It never hurts to go a new direction with a classic costume, somewhat like the Raggedy Ann Zombies we reviewed the other day.



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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. That third eye thing is really interesting and it looks like it can be traced back to people’s misinterpretation of the makeup in the 1957 Hammer Film, The Curse of Frankenstein. Some people viewed the movie and thought that some lighting/makeup globs were actually a 3rd eye (some saw 4 eyes).

    This guy might have fallen into that camp of imaginative viewers of the film?

  2. Curse of Frankenstein is on TCM right now. Check out the makeup.

  3. Okay, I watched the movie and I gotta say, I did not at once think the makeup looked like a third eye. Good movie though.

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