Ben Cooper Costumes - Title

These Vintage Ben Cooper Costumes Were A Surprise

Friends, of course those of us of a certain age remember the Ben Cooper line of Halloween costumes well. Perhaps best known for just how wide Ben Cooper threw its net in regards to merchandising. Finding one of these delightful costumes in the wild never fails to bring a smile to my face. Especially when I dropped by my local Vintage Stock and discovered they not only had three Ben Cooper costumes for sale – but they also were still in their boxes.

Ben Cooper actually got his start designing sets as well as costumes for the legendary Cotton Club. With the Great Depression however, the entrepreneur noticed that Halloween was still popular. So he decided to go for the licensing of Walt Disney characters beginning in 1937. Thanks to partnering up with Fishbach’s Spotlight in 1942, Ben Cooper costumes became super popular. Sears, J.C. Penney, and Woolworth’s carried the easily affordable costumes and helped cement the company as a household name.

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Now as soon as I stepped through the doors of my local Vintage Stock. It was indeed like my eyes were magnetically drawn to the display of vintage costumes. Thankfully the staff as always were kind enough to let me start snapping photos of them all. Almost as if they are used to me doing such a thing, right? First up is Gary Gnu from 1981’s The Great Space Coaster.
Ben Cooper Costumes - Gary Gnu

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Next up is an icon I am pretty sure doesn’t really require any introduction. In the early 80’s it isn’t like Pac-Man wasn’t a worldwide phenomenon!
Ben Cooper Costumes - Pac Man - Mask

However that does not mean of course I won’t remind you of the Diary podcast. Although in this case the featured game was 1982’s Pac-Man Plus.

What of the third Ben Cooper costume though? Do you recognize this charming adventurer?
Ben Cooper Costumes - Frank Buck - Mask - Bring 'Em Back Alive

Frank Buck. The world famous big game trapper and collector of wild animals?
Ben Cooper Costumes - Frank Buck - Bottom of Box

You will recall I mentioned that Ben Cooper was known for licensing pretty much any pop culture icon. In this case that does include the main character from 1982’s Bring ‘Em Back Alive.

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Which I should add if you don’t check out that intro to the short lived series is none other than Bruce Boxleitner. Also appearing in the show was his co-star from TRON, the beautiful Cindy Morgan. I am not sure if her character was available as an costume option for Halloween that year, but it wouldn’t shock me if one was available.

How about we close this out with this vintage 1978 Woolworth’s TV commercial? Featuring quite a few of Ben Cooper costumes I might add.

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Mayfair Candy Corn

Mayfair Candy Corn is delightfully retro

Halloween shopping keeps starting earlier each year. Despite my love for the holiday, I do try to limit my browsing until the month of October. I violated that rule (again) today at the supermarket today after spotting the retro packaging of Mayfair Candy Corn.

It was not even in the main Halloween candy spot, just in some random shelf that happened to have some Halloween candy. I was immediately smitten. The graphics, the colors and the price made for an irresistible combination. I scooped up two bags and immediately ran over to the main Halloween section of the store to find more pseudo retro offerings.

Sadly nothing matched the retro fun of Mayfair Candy Corn. Still, it did get me in the mood for the holiday season.

While I drove home I tore open one of the bags and ate my first candy corn of the year. How is Mayfair Candy Corn? It is average. Not as good as Brachs or Jelly Belly, but completely edible.

While not high praise, I would still tell everyone who see it to buy a bag. The remarkable retro label more than makes up for the quality of the candy. And at one dollar a bag, you really can’t go wrong.

Boo Berry Obsession

A Serious Boo Berry Obsession

Halloween is over, but for many of us, this is just the start of the Monster Cereal eating season. My favorite is Boo Berry. I always thought that my love for it could be described as a Boo Berry Obsession. Now I am not so sure. In 2004 this segment about a true Boo Berry Obsession appeared on the Fred Willard hosted VH1 documentary series “Totally Obsessed.”

In the segment we meet Roger Barr. Roger takes his love for Boo Berry to levels that make my craving for it seem mild. Claiming to have had at least 1 bowl of Boo Berry every year since he was 7 years old.

I have shared this video with several people over the years. They all tell me that it seems made up. They think Roger is “faking it.” I do not. Maybe it is because I want to live in a world where someone loves Boo Berry this much. To me that means that there is still a spark of magic left out there (In Roger form). The segment is pretty short. So why not watch it yourself and accept the fact that there is still beauty left in this cold grey world.

Watch Roger Barr’s Appearance on “Totally Obsessed”

Not enough Roger and Boo Berry? Check out his other appearance on “Unwrapped”. Then visit the great Unofficial Boo Berry Page.

Watch Boo Berry on “Unwrapped”

Halloween Special - III

Saturday Frights Podcast Ep. 62 (Halloween Special III)

Welcome to the third Halloween Special for the Saturday Frights Podcast! What better way to celebrate a long night of festivities than listening to memories of slasher films?

This Halloween Special the Projectionist and I are joined by Doug McCoy, Allison Venezio, Daniel XIII, I See Robots, RetroArtBlog and the Retroist!

I think you will agree that this podcast is a relative Halloween-palooza! One that finds most of us transported to none other than Crimson Creek! Will we survive long enough to tell our thoughts on the slasher genre?
Halloween Special - Crimson Creek

Listen and find out for yourself!

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook.

Our intro was graciously provided by the one and only Metagirl!

Our ending theme is “Twisted Toys” provided by the talented Tony Longworth. You can visit his site by clicking that link provided or hopping over to his SoundCloud!

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This Halloween Special contains a cast that deserve links to their spots on the internet!

  • If you find yourself in fact tempted to brave Crimson Creek yourself. Then you need merely order a copy of the game yourself at Toystorian Enterprises!
  • Daniel XIII can be located in his creepy corner of the internet. You can read his movie reviews and more by visiting The Outre Eye of Daniel XIII!
  • Doug McCoy has a whole slew of podcast and works you can find over at McCoyCast!
  • Allison Venezio when she isn’t writing for The Retroist is sharing her works at Allison’s Written Words!
  • To check out all of the groovy and not to mention retro things from Greg aka RetroArtBlog – just click the link!
  • Of course you can always check out the awesome podcasts of I See Robots by visiting his site on the web!