As Halloween approaches, attempts to find an original costume can seem futile. If you’re looking for something a little different from the standard movie character, zombie or ghost, then why not look to Halloweens past in the Beaford Archive for some inspiration for your costume?

There were some macabre imaginations in North Devon's past. Picture: Documentary photograph by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive � Beaford ArtsThere were some macabre imaginations in North Devon's past. Picture: Documentary photograph by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive � Beaford Arts

The Beaford Archives uses the stunning photography of James Ravilious and Roger Deakins, who captured life in rural North Devon in the 1970s, 80s and 90s through thousands of photographs.

From wizards to star constellations, or more politically motivated costumes, the archives show that Devonians sure know how to create imaginative fancy dress costumes.

There are more than 80,000 images within the archives, and thanks to the help of funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund, more than 10,000 previously unseen photos have been digitalised for the first time.

Beaford Archive curator Kelly Johnson has created an album showcasing the creativity the 1970s North Devon residents had when it came to their Halloween costumes.

A late night Halloween carnival display? Picture: Documentary photograph by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive � Beaford ArtsA late night Halloween carnival display? Picture: Documentary photograph by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive � Beaford Arts

The album can be viewed at https://beaford.org/news/halloween and features everything from nursery rhyme characters to household furniture, food to costumes – and not just restricted to people!

Buying a costume from a supermarket doesn’t seem so tempting anymore, does it?

***** If you are in the photographs or have any information about when they were taken, you can add your comments at https://beafordarchive.org/ .

A little withc. Was this you? Photograph by Roger Deakins for the Beaford ArchiveA little withc. Was this you? Photograph by Roger Deakins for the Beaford Archive

Hatherleigh in 1975. Picture: Documentary photograph by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive � Beaford ArtsHatherleigh in 1975. Picture: Documentary photograph by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive � Beaford Arts

There are even costumes for pets. Documentary Photograph by James Ravilious for the Beaford ArchiveThere are even costumes for pets. Documentary Photograph by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive

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