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1981 Ben Cooper Costume Catalog

Halloween around here wouldn’t be the same without the store bought goodness that is Ben Cooper. If you were a child of the 70s or 80s, then you certainly knew their product. Cooper held some of the great licenses in 1981 including the Disney characters, both the DC and Marvel comics Superheroes, Clash of the […]

Costume Spotlight: Condor Man

For the entirety of the month, I’m going to spotlight a Halloween costume every once in a while. I can’t think of a better place to start than Condorman, a movie I had high hopes for. I honestly anticipated this to be a straight laced superhero movie vis-a-vis Superman 2. What we got was the […]

1980 Franco Mask Catalog

Franco was a novelty distribution company known for adult gags, practical jokes and magic tricks (you can see their 1975 magic trick catalog on this very site). Their line of masks for 1980, though not licensed with seem familiar with anyone who thumbed through the pages of horror magazines during the time or perhaps made […]

Costumes:1999

My pal Corey (who always has neat stuff on Ebay) sent in some really cool photos of the different costumes produced for shows created by legendary TV producer Gerry Anderson and well, there is no better time to look at these, just gonna seem weird tomorrow. More  Collegeville/Ben Cooper fun after the jump… First off, […]

Halloween 1979

I’m loving this photo sent to me by Jeff who is in the 1979 Collegeville Wolfman costume and his twin is in the Collegeville Skeleton. Jeff’s uncle in the cool Don Post Skeleton mask and Dad is the Werewolf, also by Don Post. The Kooky Spooks Bat is his cousin.  That’s a family portrait worthy […]

Frankenstein in Spaaaaaaaace

  My friend Corey sent me this image the other day and it’s such a goofy marriage of two things I like, that I’m surprised I hadn’t seen it before. I’m assuming Collegeville had the bright idea that NASA would send monsters into space or is it that Astronauts were coming back as monsters, I’m […]

1974 Centsable Halloween Catalog

  Centsable, the people behind Socker Boppers also did a good business in Halloween costumes, who knew? This 1974 catalog shows that while they did in fact have several decent licenses like the Hanna Barbera clan , they were not above creating some of the ballsiest knock offs of the decade nor did the seem […]

Halloween: 1973

James didn’t have any vintage Halloween photos to submit  so he sent in a video of his cool Halloween party from ’73. James is dressed as Frankenstein but I also spotted a Collegeville The Spider costume, which I think I wore in ’75. Thanks James!  For more 1973 check out the Collegeville Costume Catalog from that year:  

Being bionic

Cowboy and army man are nice but being Steve Austin is the bomb. This set likely comes from Berwick, a UK company that specialised in role play items for kids and made fun stuff like a Tom Baker Doctor Who and Captain Britain costumes for kids.

Costume of the Week: Ultra-Man

As much as I’d like to say I own this killer Collegeville Ultraman suit, I don’t. Fortunately for me, Corey volunteered some shots of his collection to the blog including the two variations of this classic suit, more after the jump. Above is the first version suit and smock, I don’t know why they chose […]