A new documentary promising to take us all back the days of vintage Halloween costumes by the likes of Ben Cooper, Collegeville, and Halco, the opening credits from Halloween in a Box was released online, fittingly enough, on October 31st.
Formerly known by the working title of Plastic Masks and Vinyl Smocks, the documentary centers around the history and evolution of these Halloween costumes and explores the companies that brought dressing up to the masses. When the Tylenol scare of 1982 threatened to doom Halloween forever, rival companies came together to become allies and save the holiday.
The official synopsis: 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 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.
You can watching the opening credits to Halloween in a Box below, and check out the poster art by Jeff Zornow, an amazing artist who also worked on many of our favorite Halloween comic books.
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