Be Someone You’re Not with a Vintage Halloween Mask

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.

Vintage Halloween Costume ASTRONAUT 1960s
The space race produced many marvels, including this cool NASA guy. Image by Christian Montone.

Classic ’80s Vader. Image by The Nostalgic Nugget.

Vintage Collegeville Spooky Spooks Boxed Hallowen Devil Costume
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.

Huck Hound Halloween Costume
Huckleberry Hound, always a favorite. Image by vincentvangopher.

1974 Ben Cooper Planet of the Apes Halloween Costume
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.

Vintage 1960's Nurse Halloween Mask
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.

Faux Stretch Monster Halloween Costume (box front)
Is that a monster mask within a clown body? Image by Neato Coolville.

Collegeville Witch Halloween Costume
I didn’t know Frankenstein parted his hair in the middle, nice salt-n-pepper ‘do. Image by toyranch.

Uncle Sam Mask 8013
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.


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