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gen x halloween: campbell’s soup cans [1981]

Campbell's Soup Halloween Costume

Campbell’s Soup Halloween Costume

These Gen Xers from Oklahoma were born in 1965. They handmade their costumes only to lose in a contest to a couple of kids dressed up like senior citizens.

Here’s a fun Halloween memoir from an Oklahoma blogger, vgsmom. Visit her blog, I Can Be Right Or I Can Be Happy.

I was born in 1965, and this picture is probably from 1981. I had a wonderful childhood friend from about 6th grade until graduation. We have since connected on Facebook and shared some fun memories. Her dad sold water softeners and always had these types of round containers so we decided that we could make Halloween costumes from them. We worked on them forever. No special computer effects here, we’re talking all hand crafted. Then we took this lovely photo with our Polaroid camera.

We went to a party at church, I believe, back when churches had Halloween parties with apple bobbing, ghost stories, haunted houses, the whole works. We actually lost the costume contest to a couple of people dressed like senior citizens. We were robbed. The next year we went as McDonald’s French Fries in a box—we lost that year, too. Happy Haunting!

p.s—I’m the one in the Tomato Soup can.”

Have you found a picture of yourself in your Halloween costume yet? Get busy! There are only 11 days until Halloween.

Gen X Blog Jennifer Chronicles

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  1. carolina loureiro

    WOW, this is AWESOME! how did you do the costume? i want to make one for myself! 🙂 i loved it 😉

  2. Andi

    Wow, I have never seen a Campbell’s soup can costume, but it certainly is indicative of our generation. I grew up eating it ALL the time.

  3. junkdrawer67

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s telling that GenXers started the trend of creating costumes from commercial and/or brand name items?

    Would seem to make sense consider that we were raised on, and in some case by, TV.


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