I started my Countdown To Halloween thirty days ago with a personal recollection and a photo from my earliest Halloween. I’d like to close out my month-long celebration in much the same way – with something fun and personal from my past that ties into the fun of Halloween candy and Halloween candy packaging. So today I’m going to explore a pair of photos from one of my childhood Halloweens, circa 1975 or 1976.
I wish I had photos from some of the other Halloweens I celebrated as a kid, but at least I have these.
In these photos, you’ll see me in my Ben Cooper Batman costume, and my big brother Jeff decked out in his Ben Cooper Six-Million Dollar Man getup (That’s my grandmother working the sewing machine in the background and my mother is the one taking the photo). Here we are:
This second photo allows me to have a little CollectingCandy fun, because as you can see, we had a card table set up and we were actively sorting out the goodies we had grabbed during our evening of trick-or-treating. Well, my brother was sorting – I appear to be trying to scrape-and-consume the caramel off of a caramel apple while mixing in a few Brach’s cinnamon imperials for good measure (yummy!). Here’s a closeup of the booty:
So, as I look across this image – what do I see? Well, I see Snickers (Fun-Size) and 3 Musketeers, a Hershey Bar, Milk Duds, Sugar Babies, Reese’s, Double Bubble gum, Dum Dum pops, and Brach’s Candy Corn boxes. Lots of awesome stuff.
Having identified a number of the items in the photo, I wanted to see what I had in my collection to match it. Let’s take a look:
I searched for the Sugar Babies small box in the photo (which seems to have some white-and-red holiday graphics on the back) but the closest I could find was this standard version:
And finally, the Brach’s Candy Corn box – one of my fonder confectionery memories of the period:
Those are the pieces I could identify from this nearly 40-year-old snapshot and match up with pieces from my collection. Identifying candy items from old photos is a pretty fun thing to try to do, and a fun way to put things onto a collector’s want-list. It’s fun – but it’s not always easy. Photos are often blurry and of course finding the things later on can prove to be a years’ long quest.
Halloween really is the best holiday for a candy fan or a candy collector – so it’s somewhat bittersweet to find ourselves at the end. I just can’t believe it’s Halloween already. It’s been a tremendous amount of fun assembling these 31 posts this month, and I’m glad I could share them all with you. I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting and checking out my take on a Countdown To Halloween as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.
And that’s everything for today’s post. I hope everyone out there has a happy and safe Halloween, and that you get lots of yummy candy with cool wrappers!
See you next time!
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Another great post.
Loved to see your detective work.
Those old candy wrappers sure bring back memories. I recognized them all but the Brach Candy corn boxes and the Fright Bites.
And sitting on the table behind grandma, the fashion statement of the day — a Budweiser beer can crocheted hat.