Roy Thomas and his manager John Cimino will be appearing in the documentary Halloween in a Box, premiering on October 1st, on various VOD platforms including Amazon. Narrated by Nick Banks, tells the story of the history and evolution of Halloween costumes and the corporate drive that brought dressing up on All Hallows Eve to the masses.
But also how, in 1982 at the height of their popularity, the Chicago Tylenol murders – the first case ascribed to domestic terrorism in the US, threatened to cancel Halloween. And how invested rival costume companies such as Ben Cooper Inc., Collegeville and Halco colluded to create a united front to tackle the issue.
Before the days of elaborate Halloween costumes, there were costumes in a box. Remember them? We seemingly all wore these costumes as kids. Now hear the story behind these costumes and the history of the big three companies that made them, Ben Cooper Inc, Halco, and Collegeville. For years, these costumes were a beloved Halloween institution dating back in the 1930s. In 1982 at the height of their popularity, the first case of domestic terrorism shook the United States and threatened to cancel Halloween forever. In an effort to save the holiday, the costume giants, although rivals in business, were forced to come together and unify or trick or treating would become extinct. Learn about various licenses including Star Wars, Spiderman, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more.
“It’s an amazing story that needs to be told,” said Caprilozzi. “You have major competitors becoming allies in an effort to keep the tradition of Halloween and trick-or-treating alive.”