1966 Halloween - Ben Cooper

A Cub Scout 1966 Halloween Party Captured On 8 MM Film!

I do believe that after almost seven years with The Retroist I have made it clear I love Halloween. As well as movies and older film technology like 8 mm projectors. So when PlCary contacted me – telling me he picked up two 8 mm reels. I was interested, but then he told me one was a 1966 Halloween party, I was all ears.
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Be that as it may, there was one problem. Phillip didn’t have access to an 8 mm film projector. Thankfully I could help with that issue and we agreed to meet up at the arcade. As I felt my co-workers would certainly want to see this bit of history.

However, as fate would have it, my 8 mm projector chose that moment to break. Under those circumstances you can understand how disappointed we were. Having said that though, Phillip was able to secure a projector all his own. One that I might add cost him the staggering sum of fifty cents!

So Phillip and I agreed to meet up again. Furthermore he had made sure to check the mechanical aspects and the bulb itself. All was good to go. In addition to the 1966 Halloween reel we would be able to watch something called “Kay’s Navy”.

On the contrary, it seemed fate was aligned against us one more time. I will let you take a look at the Bell and Howell projector yourself. See if you can spot what the issue might be.

Despite our best efforts of checking everything, the projector that Phillip purchased didn’t have the actual lens. In the light of this predicament I rushed home and stole the lens from my non-working projector.

In spite of all these difficulties we were able to overcome the obstacles at last. As a result we were totally treated to this Cub Scout 1966 Halloween short film. Furthermore both it and the “Kay’s Navy” were filmed at Grand Lake in Oklahoma, just about an hour and a half away.

It was an amazing treat for Phillip and myself to finally see the film.

The Cub Scout 1966 Halloween party was the real treasure although having said that we were all shocked at how well the film has survived.


Coupled with what looks to me to be a Ben Cooper or Collegeville skeleton costume it is certainly an undeniable pleasure. In fact if you look closely at the moment where the costume is shown there are vintage lunchboxes too!

Halloween Costume Not-So-Fit For A King

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As fans of retro we can’t get through a Halloween season without revisiting Ben Cooper and Collegeville costumes. We all know the nostalgia these costumes have around the holiday. They’ve always been considered poorly designed costumes but today make great collectibles.

However, I’ve never thought the masks were that bad. They kind of cut into your face but the design of them at least resembles the character. It was the outfit that never made any sense. Why would a character have a picture of themselves on their chest?

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King Kong was no exception. The 1976 movie had it’s share of merchandise and the classic flame-retardant costume was one. Like I said, the mask is fine. It looks like a gorilla. The outfit, however, is just a lame reprint of the movie poster. So am I dressing up as King Kong or am I dressing up as the movie? Why not just make the outfit look like a gorilla’s body? I guess no one would know you’re King Kong unless you say so but still.

King Kong hasn’t really made much of an impression on Halloween. Except for his size, he looks like a normal gorilla unlike movie monsters like Godzilla who have a unique look to them.

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Ben Cooper Halloween Costume Catalog

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A lot of people simply refer to them as “those old Halloween costumes” — you know, the ones with the plastic masks and the vinyl costumes? The company that made them, Ben Cooper, cornered the market on licenses and got their costumes in every department and grocery store you could imagine. Whether you wanted to be Batman or Darth Vader, Wonder Woman or Strawberry Shortcake, Ben Cooper had a costume waiting for you.

The fine folks over at Plaid Stallions have in their online catalog collection a Ben Cooper Halloween Costume Catalog from 1980. Head on over and see if you can spot any costumes you or your friends had!

Link: PlaidStallions.com