Horrific Halloween Memories

Anyone like me who was a kid in the 70s has probably got many, many Halloween memories of dressing up in foul-smelling, mass-produced “costumes” that were really just (highly flammable, I’m sure) plastic sacks with the logo of a TV show or movie stamped all over them. It wasn’t so much that you looked like Luke Skywalker, but you were wearing an Official Star Wars Plastic Sack with the words “Star Wars” and “Luke Skywalker” on it, along with a cheap plastic mask featuring oddly shaped eye-holes and a stripe of yellow paint across the top to indicate Luke’s blond hair, and that was all that mattered. (UPDATE: Don’t believe me? Here’s a picture of a vintage Yoda “costume” from the company that was the biggest seller of these vinyl monstrosities, Ben Cooper, that oughta show you what I mean.)

So, as Halloween approaches and in the spirit of those fond memories, here’s an appropriate link: the worst Halloween costumes of all time. Enjoy!


Vlad the Blogger

October 10, 2003
2:57 pm

No, the worst is having Scottish (in ancestry) parents. I can’t count the number of times I got some leftover swaths of Rayon from the DuPont plant (the undyed material was white) stuck over my head, the entire face cut out (presumably so I didn’t look like a Klansman), and my face coated in cornflower starch.
Instant $0.05 costume.
Because, you know, ghosts like to be able to coat the bottom of a pan with their face after haunting people.
Though I gotta admit that’s still better than Joanie Loves Chachi.


October 10, 2003
6:07 pm

Hee hee. There are pictures of me being Bam Bam from the flintstones (I was about four, I’m sure I didn’t pick it out) and another year being one of the Charlie’s Angels girls.
I have no idea why there were Charlie’s Angels costumes complete with plastic sacks and face masks for little girls, but there were.

Confessions of a G33k

October 10, 2003
10:59 pm

What was my mother thinking?

I got a good laugh today because Jason Lefkowitz had a very funny post about Halloween costumes from the 1970s….


October 11, 2003
5:09 pm

Just when you think you’ve seen the WORST costume on that site, you scroll down and think “No! THIS one has to be the worst! But no, this one is even more crappy!” Damn, who wore the Rubik’s Cube? And didn’t parents love their kids then? hehe