Unveiling the Ghosts of Halloweens Past
In the golden age of the 1960s, Halloween had a charm unique to its era. Without the influx of big box stores, we adorned our homes with simple, yet heartfelt decorations. The five and dime stores, much like Woolworths, were a treasure trove of pre-cut paper witches, ghosts, and pumpkins. Yet, many households held onto the tradition of crafting their own decorations, a personal touch that often manifested as scarecrows keeping sentinel on porches and lawns.
The Birth of Iconic Halloween Costumes
While many costumes were still lovingly stitched by hand, this decade saw the rise of the infamous Ben Cooper costume kits. These kits consisted of a plastic mask and a vinyl smock, each with a distinctive smell that would transport you back to those bewitching nights. The Beatles, Spider-Man, Snow White, all these pop culture figures began to parade the streets during trick or treating, a trend that was just catching its breath.
The Allure of Halloween in the 60s
Halloween was as much about the celebration as it was about the freedom it offered. It was a night of unfettered joy, best friends by your side, and a bag full of treats. The Monster Mash, a favorite tune of the era, would set the mood at every Halloween party, while the thrill of haunted houses began to catch on, especially after Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion opened its doors in 1969.
Revel in the Sweet Memories of Halloween
From dusk till dawn, children would go from door to door, collecting candies in paper grocery bags or plastic pumpkins. Homemade cookies, full-sized candy bars, and even edible wax candies found their way into these goodie bags. Remember those sweetened wax harmonicas you could play before eating? Those were the days. The night would end once you made the loop back to your house, your bag full, and the joy of the evening still lingering in the air.
As you watch the video below, may it stir up the warmth of nostalgia. May it remind you of the plastic masks, the freedom of those spooky nights, and the joy of being a child in the 60s because we all need a touch of such innocent joy every now and then. Like, share and journey back in time with us.