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I dare to share my 1976 Halloween Costume. Beware- Not Politically Correct!


Ahhhhhh the good ole' day's...or were they?  Believe it or not I was really proud of these costumes my Dad painted for my best friend Diane and I back in 1976.  Cigarettes & Matches!  What were my parents thinking???  Could you imaging trying to send your kids to school in these costumes??? 

Yup...that's me on the left. Aren't I Kool??  How about those fab pants! Hey...how come my Baby Bro wasn't the ashtray? Of course my Big Sis was probably the instigator in this Halloween Fiasco!

Money was tight and using what was available made perfect sense.  You should have seen us as we gracefully bumped our way into each other trick or treating door to door. 

Ok so these costume's are totally GREEN but not too politically correct! :)

1976 Halloween Costumes - Cigarettes & Matches












Ok AR Member's......Do you dare to share what you were back in the Good Ole' Days????? 


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Comment balloon 29 commentsJanice Sutton • October 31 2008 12:07PM


OMG...  I think a kid would be kicked out of school for that costumer... I'm having a flashback!

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) over 11 years ago

Janice - What funny costumes!  Very creative.  Let's see...I think I was a princess one year...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 11 years ago

Debbie - Ha ha!  Yeah, I can't remeber if I wore it to school which would have been crazy since I took the bus!   My dad mailed this picture to me a couple of years ago and my kids were like "What the.....!!!"  

Debi - Yeah these costumes were great when you were getting hit with eggs!  Couldn't feel a thing!  Awwww of course you were a princess! :)

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

That's just hysterical.  I had pants like that too, loved the plaid! 

Posted by Chris Fisher (Your Virtual Assistant) over 11 years ago

Janice- LOVE the costumes...you're right very creative.  I remember I was some type of Robot with cardboard, foil and I don';t know what...and whined the whole time because I wanted one of those $1.97 K-Mart Costumes made of plastic with that silly mask that was so new :)  How stupid I was as a kid.....

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 11 years ago

Janice, The only thing that could be worse is getting dressed as a bottle of sleeping pills and a bottle of Vodka as a chaser.. Steve

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 11 years ago

Creative that is for sure - well the pants were cute anyway.  Isn't plaid back in style?

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 11 years ago

I think those pants are actually coming back into style on the East coast but I can't be sure.  I also think if you sent your kids to school in this day and age dressed like that you would get a stern phone call from the principal.


Posted by Ted Komenda (Dunhill Group) over 11 years ago

Hi Janice,
What a difference a few years make, right?  Come to think of it, that applies in a lot of ways.  LOL!  Love the photos and yeah, you were way Kool!

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 11 years ago

Chris - I thought you might get a kick out of this one!  But HEY you didn't share what you were for Halloween in the 70's. Come on.....

Kathy - Ha ha...you weren't stupid at all...you wanted to be an original.  Anyone could buy a costume.  I wouldn't expect anything less from you!

Steve - Now that is too funny!  I guess it's a good thing by parents didn't drink too!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

Poor kids can't do anything to day without the PC being all over them!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 11 years ago

Kathleen - Thanks!  Yeah I guess everything comes back around at least once!!  Your costume? :)

Ted - You're right about the phone call home.  Principals still scare me!  How come no one wants to fess up on what they were for Halloween, Ted? 

Cynthia- You're are too funny!  But you didn't tell us what you were for Halloween in the KOOL 70's! 

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

You wouldn't even want to see what we went as when you talk of no money. We had real hay rides, bon fires and loads of fun.

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) over 11 years ago

William - I hear ya! 

Joyce - Now I am envious.  Sounds like great memories that money can't buy!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

Geez did not expect that, but yes not pc today.

Posted by Mary Strang over 11 years ago

Hi Janice,

Who cares whether they're PC, or not. Those are great costumes! Far more creative than what you see kids in these days. And your Dad did a great making them too.

: )

Posted by Michael Cole (CPG Tours) over 11 years ago

NOT PC today but who cares.  Those were the good old days!  I would never let my kids were those costumes but then it was ok to smoke, everyone did!  That is an adorable picture! thanks for sharing. Mary www.activerain.com/miacovelli04


Janice, what a cute little cigarette....I was always a witch.

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) over 11 years ago

That costume is just Kool

Posted by None None over 11 years ago

Mary - Ha ha!  It was all in good fun....def not PC.

Michael- Awwww my Dad would be proud.  Yeah...they don't make Halloween costumes like they use too!  Oh well!

Mary - Thanks!  You're right...everyone did smoke back in the day.....sometimes the good ole' days weren't so good!  :)

Jane - I bet you made a cute witch! :)  Today some schools would send you home for that costume.  Got any pic's?  Share...share!

Robert - Takes one to know one! ;)

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

Oh my goodness Janice- that is completely awesome! They certainly were different days... I remember when they sold the cigarette shaped candy and the ones that would make "smoke" if you blew through them... they were marketed with slogans such as "be like dad!" Yep. very cool.. and the pants? I bet they were the hit.

Posted by Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) over 11 years ago

Chuck - Why thank you!  Wow...what a trip back in time....candy cigarette's!  Ugh.  And the gum that they used was horrible too! :)  As for the pants....elastic waistband...what's not to like! :)

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

OMG, your Halloween photo is one of the funniest things I've ever seen, I LOL so hard I have tears streaming down my face!  Your costume was certainly creative, but it sure wouldn't be KOOL anymore to dress up as cigarettes (am still laughing)

I remember the candy cigarettes too, the Popeye brand, they still sell them, but they're called "candy sticks" now and there's no "red" end, holy catfish times have changed!  I remember going to the store for my mom and dad to get their cigarettes (with a note), where I live (British Columbia), you have to be 19 to purchase cigarettes, in fact, this province has some pretty strict smoke-free laws in effect!

BTW, I wore the same dang homemade clown costume for years, I grew up in northern Alberta, and we had to wear our parkas under our costumes, we looked like big, fat, stupid clowns, that's probably why I HATE CLOWNS to this day LOL

Back to your Halloween photo, thanks for the memories :)

Posted by Angela West (Real Estate Webmasters) over 11 years ago

Times have changed; what was acceptable years ago is probably not today.   As a former elementary teacher I had some kids come in for Halloween with some real creative costumes.   Everyone enjoyed them and I certainly appreciated their creativity.

Posted by Jon Wnoroski, Summit County Realtor (America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc.) over 11 years ago

Angela- LOL now that was the kind of response I was looking for!  As I was reading the part of your comment "going to the store for my mom and dad to get their cigarettes"  I was thinking I did that too!  They also gave me a note to take to the local deli to get some thin slice bologna and cigarettes!!  Crazy times. 

Your clown costume OVER your parkas...now that I would love to see!!  You have got to share those pic's...please.  :)  

Jon - Yes the times have changed quite a bit.  I loved homemade costumes.  They had so much more character then the store bought ones.  I wish people would use there creativity more and make there costumes vs. buying or renting.  Since we had a limited budget we HAD to be creative.  One time I word my moms shag gray wig....small glasses.....a trench coat and carried an old purse (that held my candy) and went as an old women.  Funny and kind of creepy at the same time!!! 

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 11 years ago

Hey 'Sista',

I like the way you think!  I haven't done a lot for Localism, but what you say makes a lot of sense, and since I usually have my camera with me, I think that I should start taking some pics and posting some blogs about my community!

You certainly are gaining some respect and recognition in your community - way to go!


Posted by Val Allocco, HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island (Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island) over 11 years ago

Hi Janice,  Thanks for the trip down memory lane....er, not!  In preschool I choose to be Bozo the clown because I loved his tv show.  All the other little girls were princesses and some little boy pushed me in the mud.  I don't remember this, but it is the story passed down through the years!  Cheers, Harley

Posted by Harley Ramsey, Chatsworth, CA Real Estate (Keller Williams) over 11 years ago

Janice, love the pic! PC or not, these are some KOOL costumes! 

Get it?...KOOL...Baha...I crack myself up...!

Posted by Lanette Branch, Bel Air, MD Real Estate Agent (RE/MAX Components) over 11 years ago
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