Sid & Marty Krofft Halloween Costumes Gallery

One of the biggest influences of my childhood were the Saturday morning programs created by the famed Canadian brothers Sid and Marty Krofft. I don’t think I was alone judging by the amazing variety of Halloween costumes available almost every year of my childhood. Thanks to my pal Dave McKroffterson for sharing his amazing and often […]

Ben Cooper Star Wars

While Kenner was scrambling to make Star Wars action figures, Ben Cooper got Star Wars costumes out for 1977.  Two weeks after Halloween, I doubt it mattered…..

Star Trek Week: Capes by Norben

Here’s a bit of weirdness from Canada, I actually remember finding one of these in the 80s. Halloween distributor Norben released a series of low cost Star Trek cape and mask sets using what I guess is some Ben Cooper masks from the first movie. It’s a pretty low rent affair complete with a card […]

Atari Halloween

For some reason I didn’t add this page to the 1983 Collegeville Catalog when i did it and it only took me 7 years to figure that out. I can’t imagine the conversations when the designers were told tha they had to develop a costume for Asteroids but in the end, I can’t say I could do […]

Pod Stallions 22: Store Bought Costumes

As the title suggests, episode 22 delves into the wonderful world of Halloween costumes but none of that “Home made with your mom’s love” kinda junk, this talks about the good old “smock and mask” stuff you got at places like Woolco or Kresge’s. In what is probably our most visual episode, Jason and Brian […]

Hairy, Scary Monsters from Collegeville

1982 saw the Universal monsters depart Ben Cooper and move over to Collegeville for a glorious rebranding. The monster were all given weaves, gorgeous new packaging and Collegeville even added the Metaluna Mutant to the mix. This Friday’s Pod Stallions is all about Store Bought Costumes of yore, hope you’ll check it out. For more […]

1974 Kusan Halloween Catalog

Kusan may not be as well known as Ben Cooper or Collegeville for Halloween  and they certainly didn’t get the “A” licenses but they sure knew how to create some innovative and highly creative costumes. From ideas like combining a kazoo into a Halloween mask to Licensing teen heartthrobs like David Cassidy,  this is not just a […]

Dave’s 70s Halloween Review

Dave sent in this awesome review of his 70s Halloween experiences. I wish I had such good records, Dave also had great taste in costumes, above is Batman but you already knew that. 73 saw him choose the Skeleton, a staple of Halloween. 76 had him choose Spider-Man, always a good choice. Frankenstein for 75, […]

Costume Spotlight: The Shadow

   I gotta say, I’ve got nice friends. This month is always a bit of a stretch to come up with a whole month of Halloween updates. Enter my pal Matt, Shadow collector extraordinaire (check out some of his cool collection here) . While I knew Collegeville made a Shadow costume, I had no idea […]