It’s the night of ghosts, goblins, and other little creatures that come knocking on your door, with the expectations of tasty treats being dropped into their plastic pumpkin buckets.
Barbie also enjoyed Halloween back in the day. She dressed up in her first official Halloween costume that was introduced in 1963, and was simply called “Masquerade”. Ken and Skipper had the same attire with the exact same name too, but Skippers wasn’t available until 1964. Other Halloween Worthy costumes on the marketplace in 1964 was Cinderella and Poor Cinderella, Guinevere, Arabian Nights, and Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. Ken had his options too; The Prince, King Arthur, and Arabian Nights.
Over the years many Halloween dolls have popped up in stores for children of all ages. Most of these dolls came in pink label boxes, and are not considered highly collectible. The very first Halloween Barbie was the 1996 Happy Halloween Barbie and Kelly Gift Set, which was a Target exclusive. Target continues to release new dolls year after year. Other stores, such as Sears and select grocery stores, also had Halloween dolls available on their shelves. I find these costumes to be so much fun to dress your vintage dolls in!
The“Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch of the West”, is another doll that would certainly fit the bill for Halloween. There have been several versions of this doll over the years.
The five gold label “collector” dolls released specifically for Halloween were all designed by Bill Greening, who is one of the major creators for Barbie. The first was the 2011 Halloween Haunt Barbie (a Barbie Fan Club Exclusive) from the Holiday Hostess Collection. Haunted Beauty Ghost Barbie Doll (2012), Haunted Beauty Vampire Barbie Doll (2013), Haunted Beauty Mistress of the Manor Barbie (2014), and Haunted Beauty Zombie Bride Barbie (2015) all from the Haunted Beauty Series as well as part of the fantasy series, were offered only as a Direct Exclusive, and not available in stores. Today these five dolls are the most sought after of all the Halloween Barbie Dolls on the market.
If you browse through the many dolls that have been available over the years, you will doubtlessly find some others that will fit the bill which are not considered official Halloween dolls. Remember, imagination is what Barbie is all about!