Just a few decades ago, a little plastic hand puppet was a popular marketing tool to capture the attention of kids. Of course this tool made its way into confectionery marketing around Halloween, and I’ve got a trio of examples to share.
First up are a pair of puppet-packs for Clark stick gums. These date back to the late 1960′s or early 1970′s, and came to me in remarkably good condition. They look nearly brand new, and still have the original packs of gum included. Here they are:
That first pack is clearly some kind of witch, but if you can figure out what this next frightful character is supposed to be, please let me know.
Next up is an awesome piece I’ve had in my collection for quite some time. It’s for the Halloween version of Sugar Daddy nuggets, renamed “Monster Nuggets”.
To me, this one perfectly captures the style used on so many monster-related products from the 1960′s. The illustration is creepy and rough, and just weird enough to elicit a real scare. Unlike the Clark gum examples, which had the puppet attached to the package, this plastic package actually became the hand puppet when emptied:
Ah… I smile every time I look at that Monster Nuggets package.
And that’s everything for today’s post on these crazy Halloween Hand-Puppet Packages. See you next time!
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