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Halloween Themed Toys Through The Decades

Updated: May 12, 2021

With Halloween right around the corner we wanted to share some of the best Halloween themed toys over the decades.

Released in 1964 "Thingmaker" also known as "Creepy Crawlers" was an interactive toy made by Mattel. The toy consisted of a series of die-cast metal molds resembling various bug-like creatures, into which was poured a liquid chemical substance called "Plastigoop", which came in assorted colors. The mold was then heated to about 390°F in an open-face electric hot plate oven. The Plastigoop was cured by the heat, and when cooled formed semi-solid, rubbery replicas of the bug like creatures.

Released in 1973 the "Mad Monsters Series" was a line of 8 inch action figures produced by Mego. It featured unlicensed versions of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman and The Mummy. A cool aspect of the toy line was that all the figures came with glow-in-the-dark hands and eyes, plus a Mad Monster Castle playset was also available at the time.

Released in 1980 the "Universal Mini Monsters" was a line of action figures produced by Remco. The Mini Monsters line was the perfect marriage of the classic monster characters in a 3 3/4 inch format. The first series of figures are sometimes referred to as "non glow", because the second series had a glow in the dark aspect added to each character.

Released in 1991 the "Oozers" was a line of action figures produced by the Canadian toy company Irwin. The Oozers toy line was a group of monsters that had chest cavities that you could fill with a non-toxic ooze. Once filled, you would squeeze the chest and ooze would come out of certain areas on the action figures. We're pretty sure parents just loved these at the time, ooze and all.

So what Halloween themed toys did you have as a kid? Let us know in the comment section.


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