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I thought I was the cat's ass in Kindergarten with my Space 1999 set-up, but clearly there were some REAL costumes out there. Indeed, it takes a cool kid to wrap themselves up in a vinyl approximation of Vicki the Robot from Small Wonder. From Retrocrush via CSTB.
Posted by Brian Turner on October 26, 2006 at 12:41 PM in Brian Turner's Posts, Television | Permalink
Awesome you found a Freddy Fender costume.
October 26, 2006 at 01:47 PM
What exactly *was* the point in the Halloween children's costume industry that someone said "We should just put a picture/bad-drawing/collage of the person that the costume is supposed to be ON THE FRONT OF A PLASTIC SMOCK"? Were they concerned that the plastic face masks with eyeholes weren't good enough representations to be recognizable as the particular celebrity/monster? My guess is that it was not the original idea, but more a design problem solved in the laziest way possible. Maybe. So curious.
Oh and that Village People costume at the end of the list hits a little too close to home in a few too many ways... that costume should not be for kids. Why didn't they pick the Indian or Cop instead? The front might as well say "THE MINESHAFT."
Oh check out this "Dirty Hippe" costume:
Mark Allen |
October 26, 2006 at 02:31 PM
Brian, you are still the cat's ass as far as I'm concerned. I can think of no way in which you could be toppled from said position.
Mike Lupica |
October 26, 2006 at 03:43 PM
Mark, the tiny url link is not to a costume, it's to a hopelessly kawaii flash anime thing. Not particularly on topic. On the other hand, my teenage daughter is gonna love it to pieces.
October 26, 2006 at 06:15 PM
Whoops - it's missing an "o" - try this:
Mark Allen |
October 26, 2006 at 07:06 PM
I actually wore that Kotter costume as a child. I didn't think it was weird until I read this post. When I was 4, I was Billy Jean King for Halloween(!?!)
E Baxter Put |
October 27, 2006 at 10:03 AM
I had a number of these myself. One year for Halloween I went as scenes from the life of Chewbacca, topped with the presumably severed head of Chewbacca. I guess I was some kind of memorial.
What's Ben Cooper (purveyor of this genre) up to nowadays? Perhaps someone could have him on for an interview.
October 27, 2006 at 04:17 PM
Oh yeah! I was Woody Woodpecker, the Caspar The Friendly Ghost, and finally (as a big boy who could choose his own costume) Bingo of the Bannana Splits!!!!
I too hadn't thought about these pre-fab costumes, always with the smock and the plastic mask, for many years. God, they do look hideous and creepy now.
By the way, here's a nice shot of the Banana Splits:
Does anyone know if the old episodes ever show up on cable or DVD? There was a time when my life pretty much revolved around them.
October 27, 2006 at 05:26 PM
Certainly the worst has to be a large paper grocery bag topped with a smaller paper grocery bag with two holes....what I was for the Kindergarten parade because I forgot to tell Mom I needed a costume.
Dale Hazelton |
October 28, 2006 at 07:55 PM
TVLand was running The Banana Splits show (the live action version) a few years ago, but I believe they've since pulled it off schedule.
October 30, 2006 at 01:24 PM
are we sure the Robert Blake "Baretta" costume isn't really a Guardian Angel Curtis Sliwa costume?
long time listener stu |
October 31, 2006 at 03:34 PM
I remember going to Jamesway (our old, local version of K-Mart) and looking through boxes of these kinds of costumes back when I was a kid. For some reason, I picked "The Funky Phantom" one year (a horrible Hanna-Barbera cartoon character). What was I thinking?
Zap Rowsdower |
November 18, 2006 at 05:40 PM
Great post. I just love Halloween, and I remember these old costumes...what classics. FYI Halloween is on a Friday this year....whoooooo!
Halloween Costumes |
February 28, 2008 at 09:24 PM
wearing character costumes is very enjoyable to do...everyone is given the chance to be creative for quite sometime...
character costumes |
September 26, 2008 at 08:17 PM
Oh My times were strange for a bit there, I cannot believe I actually dressed up in halloween costumes like this at one point in my life....lol. These were horrible plastic masks back then! Sometimes all it takes is a classic gangster suit in my opinion!
Mathew - Ganster Suits |
July 26, 2010 at 01:53 AM
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