Can’t afford one of the swell vintage masks featured in yesterday’s costume post – especially not at eBay prices – perhaps you can scrounge up enough coin for a specially marked box of cereal.
Breakfast cereal companies have long incentivized consumers to purchase their products with prizes, such as a promotional toy inside the box or a fun goodie printed on the outside of the box itself. One such goodie is the decorative mask, assembly sometimes required.
As Kellogg’s tells us in their ads, enjoying holiday masks is easy, just cut ’em out–and put ’em on–for super Halloween fun! They’re colorful, comic, life-size–swell for parties, Beggars’ Night, or Trick-or-Treat. Ask Mom to get you several mask packages right away! Maybe one of these fabulous examples.
Neato Coolville provides this image offering a glimpse at a wide variety of cereal masks from Kellogg’s.
Grickly, gregg_koenig, and JasonLiebig offers these classic examples.
Face exciting adventures with your own Stormtrooper mask from Kellogg’s C-3PO’s Cereal.
You can become the Force behind Yoda with your very own mask from Kellogg’s C-3PO cereal.
Face exciting adventures with your own Luke Skywalker mask from Kellogg’s C-3PO’s Cereal.
You can become the Force behind C-3PO with your very own mask from Kellogg’s C-3PO cereal.
Face exciting adventures with your own Chewbacca mask from Kellogg’s C-3PO’s cereal.
Be a Tiger by securing Tony’s image directly to your face, courtesy of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes.
Fool your friends with this great monster disguise…a Count Chocula mask!
Be sure to score beaks along all green lines, if you do you’ll be rewarded by becoming a true Cuckoo.
Nabisco’s Cinnamon Teddy Grahams Breakfast Bears offers you three bears to choose from, portray Freddy, Teddy, or Eddy!
Don’t let Sylvester hang out alone, collect Bugs and all of his friends on Post cereals packages.
Look for other masks of Bugs and friends on Post cereals packages, and don’t forget to watch “The Bugs Bunny Show” on ABC-TV.
Alvin, lead singer of the Chipmunks, is popular with the ladies and now you can be too by wearing this rockin’ mask provided by Kellogg’s Rice Krispies.
Dwork likes to joke around, now you can too with this awesome Boglins mask from Kellogg’s Rice Krispies.
A mask from Mask, why didn’t I think if that? Thank you Kellogg’s Corn Flakes for the opportunity to be Lord Dread this Halloween!
Now you can be the creepy Clown Prince for Halloween. But you can only become a king if you eat your King Vitamin cereal from Quaker.
I’m not sure which cereal originally offered this creepy clown mask — Sugar Smacks, Kaboom, Frosted KrustyO’s, Sugar Krinkles? — but I love the image.
Colorful ‘n realistic, mini-size reproduction of a Hawaiian ceremonial Tiki mask from Kellogg’s PUffa Puffa Rice. Fun to make…a great conversation piece to set up in your room or den!
Back in the day, people would don masks in order to ward off evil spirits. Some thought that a frightening mask would scare away the ghosts and ghoulies; others thought that a mask would make them unrecognizable to the spirits, and that with their identity hidden the spirits would proceed to another home.
Nowadays, people are more likely to wear masks in order to transform themselves into a fantasy world, to adopt a persona that doesn’t reflect their real life. Some go the creepy route in an attempt to garner a reaction of terror from others.
Whatever your motivation, be sure to put on a fun mask this Halloween…preferably one that’s flame retarded, reflective, ventilated, and with large eye holes. Check out these vintage in-box beauties.
The space race produced many marvels, including this cool NASA guy. Image by Christian Montone.
Classic ’80s Vader. Image by The Nostalgic Nugget.
Can’s see the full costume, but this “Devil” looks a bit like a pirate to me. I guess devils are swarthy too, just with pointier mustaches. Image by Ballyhooligan.
Clowns are always a good creepy choice. Image by kentuckyslone.
Skeletor, arch-enemy and main antagonist of He-Man, and super-awesome mask. A steal at $5.27 from Fay’s Drugs. Image by shdw-knt.
Huckleberry Hound, always a favorite. Image by vincentvangopher.
A beautiful vintage Planet of the Apes mask – I bet the success of 2011’s “Rise” will create a resurgence of monkey men this Halloween. But the modern version won’t likely be available for a mere $2.97 at Woolco. Image by gregg_koenig.
A reflective nurse, who could ask for more. And the mouth hole is just big enough for a cigarette…popular at the time, but kids, don’t smoke. Image by socal72girl.
Is that a monster mask within a clown body? Image by Neato Coolville.
I didn’t know Frankenstein parted his hair in the middle, nice salt-n-pepper ‘do. Image by toyranch.
The patriotic look is never a bad choice…and only $1.98 at G.C. Murphy Co.. A mouth hole would have been nice for talking, but at least you can breath through the nose holes. Image by Brechtbug.