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The first "store-bought" Halloween costumes appear to trace
back to 1939.

Batman was the most popular that year. Still new, Batman came
out in comic books that same year.

Movies and television are credited with bringing store costumes to
the times. Show heroes.

Snickers is one of the most popular candy bars to pass out. The candy
got its name from the Mars family horse..."Snickers"

Popular Mechanics, the magazine, gave details and pictures on how
to make the "top-four" Halloween costumes of the year. They were:

Three-legged Pete (required two people)
Johan's Whale
Tin Cup Tommy

"Little Red Riding Hood" was originally a werewolf tale.

Speaking of werewolfs...the word goes way back. Apparently to the
first century A.D., to the time of King Lycaon, who seved human meat
to some visiting gods. The term evolved to mean and describe serial

A lot of lore on the werewolf....every county, every people seam to have
their own. Too many to list here.

Witch... "wise one"...this word seems to have come into being in the 13th
century. Again, a lot of legend both good and bad.

Spook....dutch word from 1801.

And the ever-present, Vampire...made famous by Bram Stoker in 1897,
Count Dracula. But Vampir's (original spelling) go way back to 1732 in
the area called Serbia. Legend says it really happened....dead bodies
found drained of blood.

Who else has a useless Halloween trivia?

Is the Phantom the oldest superhero? 1911
Is 1810 pounds still the world record pumpkin?

Mad Monster Maker
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Is 1810 pounds still the world record pumpkin?
In 2012, Ron Wallace, from Greene, RI, broke the one ton mark. His record-breaking pumpkin weighed in at 2,009 pounds at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, MA.

And WED clay, extensively used for modeling masks and sculptures, is named for the famous animator who first used it to bring his characters to life; none other than Walter Elias Disney.
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