24 Hours of Halloween: a Salute to Ben Cooper Costumes

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bc19 24 Hours of Halloween: a Salute to Ben Cooper CostumesLong before cosplay and pop up costume sto

res radically upped the ante, long before the 501 and Her Universe, long before “nerd” was a creed, and Hawlloween became the second biggest adult holiday of the year, there were Ben Cooper costumes. Known as a “mask and a smock” these ubiquitous mostly licensed costumes consisted of a garish plastic mask held on with an plastic band, and a cheap plastic printed smock or jumpsuit representing anything from Superman to Dorothy. I once wore my PLanet of the Apes mask so much that it began to smell, very very bad. I’m sure I’m not the only kid who did that.

Anyway, there are many tributes to Ben Cooper online, but here’s a catalog from 1980 in all its ill-fitting glory. As weird as it was, at least there were no Sexy Construction Workers.

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  1. Torsten Adair says:

    Ah… the sweet perfume of Halloween!
    Those PVC fumes still take me back to my Scooby-Doo costume of 1974…
    (The smock is practical… you can wear it over layers of clothing.)
    That, and the aroma of SweeTarts.

    See also: Collegeville and Halco.

    And Heidi…
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-Ben-Cooper-Planet-of-the-Apes-Lisa-Halloween-Costume-sz-L-12-14-/151121002132

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