One day, I was browsing my friend, Bryan's Flickr page and came across this photo:
SO many costumes to look at and talk about in this photo but my eyes were instantly drawn to the kid in the back row with the inflatable costume on his head.
Ha! That kid was Bryan! And he was wearing Kooky Spooks - not only a great tongue-twister but also a pretty great costume idea.
He gave me the scoop on Kooky Spooks and I became so intrigued. Off I went to do some research. I learned that Kooky Spooks costumes were in stores from 1979 through 1981 and that they reappeared in 1985-1991 in limited release. How I missed them, I'll never know! I know that I would have begged my parents to get one. They were made by the same company, Spearhead Industries that brought us the Dudley Easter egg kits (both designed by the late Bob Williams). I bet you'll remember those!:
Remember that crazy Dudley rabbit?
Now back to Kooky Spooks! Some of the characters were: Ishy Bat, Scardy Cat, Wonder Witch, Woblin Goblin, Wunkin Punkin, Spacey Casey, Bone Head, and Howly Owl. They came with the poncho, an inflatable head portion, makeup and reflective tape.
Here is a shot of some of the whole costume packages owned by Andrew Williams:
The graphics on the packages are so cool and I can see how they would have appealed to kids. I found some other folks online who also had their very own Kooky Spooks experiences as children and they were nice enough to let me share with you all.
First up, this shot from Grayfamilia:
Here is one from Belle Dee at Doo Wacka Doodles:
Here is one from Rotin:
Here is one from C. Biscuit:
Here is one from davef3138:
And here is one from nightowlghoul:
That's him as the little guy there, running from his cousin! I don't think that he was very appreciative of the Kooky Spooks yet.
Every single photo made me shriek with delight. I even watched an eBay auction for one but didn't pull the trigger to bid. Maybe next Halloween!
Do any of you guys and girls remember Kooky Spooks? I looked in vain to find a copy of the old commercial but didn't find it. I'd love to hear your memories - both Kooky Spooks and general Halloween related.
Thanks to everyone who let me share your pictures and memories. It was a lot of fun seeing them.
I wish all of you a great Halloween!
Until next time (don't forget your bicycle pumps if you're Kooky Spookin')
x's and o's,