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.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.