First hitting the market in 1979, Kooky Spooks were a line of Halloween costumes that were notorious for their large inflatable heads. Sold with the same run-of-the-mill plastic smock that other boxed costumes had, it skipped the mask in favor of the large hat and make-up. Touting it’s safety features over it’s coolness Kooky Spooks were ideal for lazy adults and rich grade schoolers. They were hated by the cool kids probably just because they were safe. I never have stated that I am or ever was cool. So I wanted one.
When I was a kid I wanted nothing more than to get a Kooky Spooks costume for Halloween. For my entire trick-or-treating life span I never had a store bought costume, so to have an inflatable head was the tip-top of Halloween chic. I was bombarded with the commercials during my after school cartoons and it drove it home more and more everyday how awesome they were and how not awesome I was for having lame homemade costumes.
Here’s one of the commercials…take a look.
Is it just me or does the kid in the embedded YouTube link look like he’s making out with a kooky Spook head?
Anyways, I’m sure I’ll touch on it again in the future but like I said I never had a store bought costume. Everything I wore for Halloween was homemade. On the years that my Mom would go the extra mile we would swing by Jo Ann’s Fabric and get a pattern to make a costume but most years it was make-up and either old cloths or ones bought at Good Will. This has created some unique memories but I feel like I was a tad ripped off that I was never the best I could be at portraying a favorite character.
So I got this (on a good year)…
And definitely not one of these…
I love the design of these things for some reason. The smock I can do without but the heads are a style that takes me back to the early ’70s and ’80s like an instant time machine. Sadly these suckers are very hard to come by nowadays and when they are found on eBay they fetch a pretty penny. Oh well, that’s one memory that can stay in the past and not in one of my shelves in My Side Of The Laundry Room. I’ll always have my memories…and the resentment of my parents.
**Thanks to Fuzzy Memories for the commercial.