Omg, they were the best. The BEST. I would be absolutely furious if Mom suggested a home-made costume at Halloween because EVERYONE WHO WAS ANYONE at my school wore those cheap, flame-retardant costumes with the plastic masks. Oh! I remember my Aquaman, Wolfman, and Kiss costumes like it was yesterday. In fact, I just recently bought a vintage Flash Gordon costume on eBay for a RATHER hefty price. It doesn’t fit, of course, but I’m having it framed for the Buster Crabbe-themed bedroom in the imaginary house I’m decorating…
But I digress.
A new documentary is being released tracing the history of those coveted costumes and how the Tylenol scare of 1982 nearly destroyed the industry.
Before the days of elaborate Halloween costumes, there were costumes in a box. Remember them? We seemingly all wore these costumes as kids. Now hear the story behind these costumes and the history of the big three companies that made them, Ben Cooper Inc, Halco, and Collegeville. For years, these costumes were a beloved Halloween institution dating back in the 1930s. In 1982 at the height of their popularity, the first case of domestic terrorism, the Tylenol Scare shook the United States and threatened to cancel Halloween forever. In an effort to save the holiday, the costume giants, although rivals in business, were forced to come together and unify or trick or treating would become extinct.
Produced by HNN Productions and directed by Rob Caprilozzi, “Halloween in a Box” is now streaming on Amazon Prime and Google Play.
Watch the trailer now. (via boingboing)