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Did you know that there was an actual Star Wars Halloween costume shortage in 1977?
Ben Cooper was one of the first licensees of Star Wars for costumes in 1977. Ben Cooper’s inexpensive plastic masks and vinyl smocks were an iconic American symbol of Halloween. At the time, there was no way to predict how popular the Star Wars costumes would be until the Halloween season arrived.
Star Wars Halloween costumes soon began flying off the shelves.
Ben Cooper’s costumes were selling out as soon as they hit the shelves in stores around the country. The Associated Press ran a story about the shortage called ‘Halloween is being invaded by Star Wars’.
It was reported that more Star Wars costumes were sold in 1977 than pumpkins.
When the kids couldn’t find a Star Wars costume in stores, they got creative and put together “homemade” costumes.
They dressed up just like Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Some kids designed their own Chewbacca costumes.
Laugh it up furball.
Today, you can simply go to any store to find Star Wars Halloween costumes.