Halloween Countdown: More Thrift Store Finds


So I’ve been having some MAGICAL finds at the thrift store this season. Check this thing out. What IS IT? I mean, clearly it’s a “Giant Blow Me Up Haunting Hat,” but still, what IS THAT?

Seriously, if someone knows anything about Giant Blow Me Up Haunting Hats, please fill us in. Were they a craze? Were they a thing you would find in the back of a dollar store? Were they something your mom made you wear? Were they something self-chosen to wear? Was it a costume? Novelty party wear? What is the deal? I have literally no context for this found object.

EDIT: Someone on Twitter has hipped me that this is a knock-off of an inflatable series of costumes known as Kooky Spooks.

All I know is Halloween used to be one weird trip, and life is too manufactured now. I want to live in a world where people wear gigantic inflatable heads at Halloween. This trend (if it ever was one) needs to make a comeback.

Between this and the clown costume I found, I could basically have THE GREATEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE. Rocking an inflatable weird 1970s witch balloon and a weird 1980s chest face clown, no one could deny me. I’m going to start googling Halloween costume contests and start counting my prize winnings now.

I also found this amazing dinosaur mask, and I think this is going to be my actual costume for the annual friends party we go to:


I was so excited about it, I didn’t even wait to Lysol the thing down before trying it on my head. Like whatever germs, I’m a dinosaur now. I can’t even see out of this thing and it doesn’t matter—that’s the mark of a true Halloween costume. Whatever eyesight, I’m a dinosaur now.

The best part is that the eye holes are in the mouth. Nevermind that my actual eyes sit much higher up in the mask. I’m going to be a dinosaur with freaky mouth eyes. The second best part is when you put on this mask, there is instant human-to-dinosaur transformation. You instantly start roaring and lumbering and terrorizing (the dog.) The third best part is I only paid a dollar for it.

PS: I also can’t breathe in it. Whatever oxygen, I’M A DINOSAUR NOW.


9 responses to “Halloween Countdown: More Thrift Store Finds

  1. I am pretty sure the Haunting Hats are beheaded incubi or succubi

  2. Awesome. Just awesome. “Whatever ___, I’m a dinosaur now.” is making me giggle uncontrollably.

  3. Ok i swear that years ago(maybe late 70s/early 80s) you could buy things like these that came with either capes or shirts and you could go as things like a black bat or a witch. Might of been made the Paas company that makes all that Easter stuff but am not for sure.

  4. Ok i was right! They were called Kooky Spooks and came out in 1979. : )

  5. I wore a Kooky Spook for Halloween in 1979. Rocked it. Wish I could find a photo …

  6. This made my day! You have no idea!!! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! I’m laughing do hard I’m crying!

  7. Reblogged this on Huh?.

  8. This post was hysterical! Thank you for making me laugh so much

  9. I wore a Kooky Spook costume in 1981! I have a photo right here from my parent’s archives but my techno-challenged arse can’t figure out how to paste it onto this comment. Or can you even do that? Anyway, in the photo I’m a cross between a spider and a praying mantis I think. In fact, because of that costume and photo my high school boyfriend nicknamed me “Mantis”. My brother is next to me in the photo wearing one of those plastic poncho costumes you wrote about in (https://thesurfingpizza.com/2013/09/27/halloween-countdown-so-yeah-i-found-this/) except instead of a creepy clown he was an almost-as-creepy Dracula.

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