Everyone has been linking to the various Halloween goodies at Wonderful Wonderblog and the pictures of old Ben Cooper kids Halloween costumes from the 70s and 80s.
It’s a pretty remarkable sign of the progress in human evolution that we have gone from a holiday based around molded plastic masks of various characters accessorized with garish nylon jumpsuits to a holiday based around Sexy Nurse.
Seriously, why did you have to wear a MASK when these things were in vogue? I guess it had to do with secrecy and not letting the identity of the children taking your candy. I had a Ben Cooper costume or two in my childhood. I’m pretty sure one of them was a skeleton — I’d been terrorized by a Marcel Camus film as an even younger child — and I may have even worn it two years in a row. I realized that this wasn’t a good idea because the second year the mask was really stinky, like rotten eggs. After that experience I got with the program and started dressing like a pirate, just like everyone else.
People now may wear masks for Halloween but they are the full-on Rick Baker rubberized things. I can’t imagine those smell too good inside either.