From the 1920’s to the 1990’s, Artificial Intelligence shows us what it thinks the most popular Halloween costumes looked like.
In today’s day and age, kids have so much information coming at them. Every day there is something new. Hot new trends, new games, new apps, influencers telling them what’s cool and what’s not. A child may badly want to dress up as something one Halloween and then completely forget about the subject of that costume by the time the following October rolls around.
Technology has reduced attention spans drastically, but it has also given us artificial intelligence. So I shouldn’t complain.
In the past, kids needed to be creative with their costume ideas. That, or they needed to wear whatever their older siblings wore the year before. Witches, cowboys, clowns and hobos were common go-to costumes for decades.
Since it’s spooky season, I thought it would be fun to see what Artificial Intelligence thinks of the most popular costumes from each decade between 1920 and 1990.
Prompt Entered: Children dressed as (popular costume) for Halloween in the (decade).
I asked A.I. to make realistic examples as well as cartoons.
See the results below.
The 1920’s – Clowns
The 1930’s – Mickey and Minnie Mouse
The 1940’s – Witches
The 1950’s – Cowboys
The 1960’s – Superheroes
The 1970’s – Ben Cooper, Inc. Character Masks
The 1980’s – Elvira
The 1990’s – Power Rangers
A quick scroll and everything seems pretty normal
But if you look back through you will notice some of the typical A.I. art design quirks. It’s strange to know that the ‘children’ in the photographs are combinations of what A.I. thinks a child should look like.
It was also interesting learning which trademarked properties A.I. will play with and which ones it won’t touch. Mickey and Minnie were surprisingly not off limits, Charlie Brown on the other hand, was.
No matter what your costume is this year, I hope you enjoy my favorite holiday.