Halloween Count-down: Ben Cooper & Collegeville Costumes

How could anyone resist sporting a cheap nylon apron and thin vinyl mask to go as one of your all-time favorite characters, i.e.  Jaws, the motorcycle guy in the Village People, Rubiks Cube, or perhaps one of the Beatles or Mr T or even Alf. All great costumes, indeed. There were many companies that put out these kinds of costumes but Ben Cooper and Collegeville were the Kings. Hard to see out of (perfect for dark busy trafficked streets) either too tight or too loose (one size does not fit all) and completely cheap and and weird, these were the easy way out for 1950’s and 60’s kids and moms. For $2.00 you could be almost anybody or anything – badly.

beatle george

garfield

Witch and Hot Wheels Racer

Witch and Hot Wheels Racer

Bruce the Shark

Bruce the Shark

Village People Leather Dude & Morgan Freeman from The Electric Co.

Village People Leather Dude & Morgan Freeman from The Electric Co.

Mr. T

Mr. T

Andy Panda

Andy Panda

The Banana Splits

The Banana Splits

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Evil Witch

Evil Witch

Spaceman

Spaceman

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

Alf

Alf

Gay Carrington

Gay Carrington

Superman and Batman

Superman and Batman

Pogo

Pogo

Various

Various

Ninja

Ninja

The Catman (Kiss) and The Hulk

The Catman (Kiss) and The Hulk

Smurfette

Smurfette

kits

Skeleton

Kids

Kids

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Posted on September 28, 2013, in The Art of Packaging and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great post, always inspiring.

  2. Is “Andy Panda” you as a kid? I was searching for a picture of a vintage circa 1976 panda costume like the one I wore for my first Halloween, and that not only looks like the one I had AND that looks like our couch, too! We didn’t have a swanky throw to tone down the floral disaster, unfortunately.

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