Be Someone You’re Not with a Vintage Halloween Mask

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.


Don’t look at the dogs, work the lock! You looked at the dogs!

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Had a few of these as a kid, but when I was real young, my mom made our costumes. But these, well, I think maybe they are better now as nostalgia items. Cause I remember many ripped plastic costumes and broken elastics and hard-to-breathe through masks!

  2. Love this post MetaGirl! Some of these are so strange, it would be hard to tell what they were supposed to be unlabeled. I would have guessed that the “Frankenstein” was a witch and the devil definitely looks like a pirate.
    I also like to think that the black lagoon clown thing is actually exactly what the box shows; a regular clown costume but the torso is a giant hideous monster head!
    It’s great to look back on a time when the more innocent your mask was supposed to be: clown, nurse, uncle sam etc… The more heart-stoppingly terrifying they were!

  3. Love the NASA guy, I always wanted to be an astronaut for Halloween as a kid. I kinda still do.

  4. My family visited the Adler Planetarium this summer in Chicago. In their gift shop they had entire astronaut costumes: helmets, backpacks, and outfits. I’m not sure “one size fits all”, but you could try! Here’s a link to their gift shop:

  5. Another fantastic post, Metagirl! Keep ’em coming!

    That Zira mask wins the prize, hands down. Though do you remember ever seeing Zira, Cornelius, or Dr. Zaius as happy in the movies as they are pictured on the outside of that costume box?

  6. This brings back some memories! I was Darth Vader and annoyed that the body of the costume featured another picture of Darth Vader rather than his electronic chestplate. I guess when they made it originally, they weren’t sure Darth was enough of an icon to be recognized without the description.

  7. C-dub, you’re totally right, it’s a witch, not Frankenstein…that explains the flowy hair, the facial warts, etc. I probably offended the real Frankenstein with my error.

  8. Personally, I wish they would bring out these types of costumes again. Some of us retro purists I think would get a kick out of wearing something like those for Halloween.

  9. I’ll take the Apes mask, adult-size please.

    I don’t recall very well which ones I wore, back in the day, but I have vivid recollections of that elastic string breaking off before Candy Collection Night.
    Then it was all mad scramblings to staple it back in place, the fragile mask’s side cracking apart from the extra staple, and the scotching of the crack with tape and finally hoping it would hold long enough to heist the sugar confections for the fix.

    Good times.

  10. Super groovy post. It’s amazing to see the price tags on those.

    I recently got to spend an afternoon at Gene Simmon’s house (of Kiss, not the late actress) and he’s got an office FULL of all his licensed stuff. Well, in one of the glass cases that houses his treasures, he had original, pristine condition boxed Collegeville costumes of Kiss – which was some of the first licensing he had done for the band. They were the coolest items he had.

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