I thought for Halloween this year, I would share a selection of Halloween photos and "spooky" items from my childhood. We'll start with some Halloween costumes.
This 1965 photo of my brother, shows him wearing his "scary" Halloween costume. I say "scary," because doesn't that description apply to pretty much ALL clowns? I wasn't even one year old yet at this point, so I'm pretty sure that I did not have a costume that year.
For 1966, my brother was the Hanna-Barbera character, Peter Potamus, and I was a "teddy bear." Both of our costumes had huge rolled up cuffs on the pant legs. There is a photo of us in our costumes from that year, but it is a little blurry. Since we both wore the exact same costumes the following year, I'm only including this pic from 1967. I'm assuming that my mom saved the costumes, because they were so big on us the previous year. Why not get two years use out of them, right? That was the only year that we ever reused a Halloween costume.
By the way, I still have those plastic pumpkins that each of us is holding. And, I still have my childhood teddy bear, which I am also holding in the photo. Those Halloween costumes however, did not get saved.
For the following year (1968), my brother was a "devil," and I was a "tiger." These costumes were made of a flannel material and were similar to pajamas. My teddy bear costume from the year before, was made of the same type of material. Because of this, my mom let us wear these costumes as pajamas, after Halloween.
I also still have that large plastic pumpkin, which was new for me that year. I remember my mom buying it at Gemco, which was similar to a Walmart or Target store.
For the next year (1969), both of our costumes came from Gemco. Mine was a "skeleton," and I believe my brother's was "Igor."
I saved my mask from that year. I remember that it was bothering my nose, so I cut a triangle shape out of it, for my nose to go through. I thought I still had the costume that went with the mask, but I wasn't able to locate it.
For 1970, my brother was a "skeleton" and apparently, I wanted to be a "tiger" again.
Both my mask and my costume, managed to survive all of these years.
In 1971, I was "Dracula" and my brother was "Frankenstein's Monster." Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of us from this year, but I saved my mask and costume. The teeth on my Dracula mask, glowed in the dark!
My brother's costume did not survive, but I was able to find his mask on ebay.
Now we will switch gears a bit, here. This book of "Spooky Tricks," belonged to my brother. It was published by Scholastic Book Services, and was one of those books that was ordered through school. Once a year (or maybe it was twice a year), the teachers would pass out order forms which included a list of books and their prices. We would take those home to our parents, and check off the books we wanted to order. After giving the forms back to the teacher, along with our money, we'd wait a few weeks and then our books would arrive.
There isn't a copyright date in this book, but I know it goes back to at least to 1968, because I have a picture of my brother from that year, and he is holding this book in the photo.
I've only scanned a few of the pages inside:
The back cover:
This is another childhood book from Scholastic Book Services.
This one has a copyright date, of 1972.
Again, I only scanned a few pages. Some....okay, ALL of these jokes are real "groaners."
The back cover of the book:
We will end this post today, with some vintage Halloween Cards from the 1970s. All of these cards were from my aunt and uncle. They sent my brother and me Halloween cards every year throughout our childhood, and even beyond that.