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Ghouls Gone By – Vintage Halloween Images from our Childhoods

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I get a little more excited/nostalgic with every new post during October. I come by Halloween as naturally as diabetes; it was just in there. I don’t think a horrors of diabetes website would be this much fun though. Quick to get myself back on track: Halloween is awesome, always has been and it always will be. My Illinois hometown had a little dime store called Hornsbys‘, and they did Halloween right. I can smell the musty wood flooring as I step across the threshold and gaze upon an entire aisle of Halloween goods. The first shelves were nothing but the old vinyl costume/mask combo boxes – this was 100 years ago, but marketing was real and shit. We would charge into the store at the first confirmed Halloween sighting.

Things were different then; stores waited to put the holiest of Halloweeniest goods out – there was none of this August 1st BS. It felt GREAT to finally see it; and patience was a true virtue. We could argue all day long at what costume or decoration was the best, but I don’t have ten hours to write this. So, in the spirit of Ghouls of Halloweens past, let’s dredge up a little bit of our childhoods, regardless of that being the 1970’s or 1930’s. Enjoy. I loved digging around for these.

Thanks for making it this far. If you see something I missed (and there’s a lot) feel free to provide a link or attached email image to

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6 Comments on Ghouls Gone By – Vintage Halloween Images from our Childhoods

  1. You totally brought me back to my childhood. Especially with those pumpkin flashlights at the end. Thanks dude.

  2. I clearly remember th SpookTown by Ben Cooper box and masks, I think I had an Evel Knievil mask one year. And the pumpkin lights at the end were a big thing – if you were trick-or-treating and it was getting dark you had to have the light on! Cool post!

    • Fister Roboto // October 10, 2012 at 11:46 am // Reply

      Thank you! Man, those SpookTown masks were awesome. Of course, you had to try on the mask, make sure it didn’t pull your hair, and then smell that vinyl costume. Good times.

      • Parlor of Horror // October 10, 2012 at 11:51 am //

        And the thin strip of rubber in the back would always break before Halloween and Mom would have to staple a rubber band to the mask so it would stay on. 🙂

      • Fister Roboto // October 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm //

        lol Man, this was a fun article.

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