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OMG why would they make that?

By Robert T. Trate     October 15, 2010

Mania’s 10 Worst Halloween Costumes
© Bob Trate


As Halloween approaches, thoughts of what to be this year cross our minds mixed with what we have already been. While we were scratching our brains we started to think about all the terrible costumes that we have encountered. You know exactly which ones we mean. The last ones left on the rack; the costumes that no one wanted to buy. Yet, there were a few that had such potential but failed miserably. Others were so out there we can’t fathom anyone actually wearing these costumes, let alone actually buying them. Here are Mania’s 10 Worst Halloween Costumes. Thankfully, our parents were either too cool or too smart to buy any of the following.
10. Darth Vader Costume

Worst Cheapest Halloween Costumes

Who didn’t want to be the Dark Lord of the Sith? However, do you think Darth Vader walked around with a picture of himself on his chest? This costume could have made you the biggest badass on the block. Instead it screamed, dork!
9. Vincent from The Black Hole Costume

Worst Cheapest Halloween Costumes

Disney’s dark classic had all kinds of products to combat the onslaught of Star Wars merchandise. This costume has many of the same failings at the Darth Vader costume. Only this time it also has a round head that was too small for your face.
8. Admiral Ackbar Costume

Worst Cheapest Halloween Costumes

Okay, today being Admiral Ackbar would be kind of cool. The “it’s a trap” jokes would fly all night long. Back in the day, who would want to be a giant talking fish that had two minutes of screen time? In all seriousness, it would have been better to use only the mask and say you were Rocky Dennis from Mask.  
7. Ilia from Star Trek The Motion Picture Costume

Worst Cheapest Halloween Costumes

From one the most boring films of all time comes one of the most boring characters in the Star Trek universe. I’m sure every little girl wanted to be the bald Enterprise officer that gets turned into a living probe, right? Know this, there is probably several land fills out there packed with these costumes.
6. James Bond Moonraker Costume

Worst Cheapest Halloween Costumes

How easy is this costume? A yellow jump suit with black trim and a Roger Moore mask. This would have been a perfect costume for a kid to walk around the neighborhood on Halloween. Instead all we got was this funky mess. The mask alone would have worked with a good suit. This was just plain stupid.
5. Rubik Cube Costume

Worst Cheapest Halloween Costumes

Raise your hand if you wanted to be a hand held puzzle for Halloween. No come on, raise your hand if you wanted to be a hand held puzzle. I said raise your hand! WTF were these people thinking?
4. Father Murphy Costume

Worst Cheapest Halloween Costumes

This one is actually kind of funny. One of the Los Angeles Ram’s “Fearsome Four” got a acting job on TV as a man who pretends to be a priest to save some kids. Here is one of the most ferocious football players of all time pretending to be a gentle lamb. I only hope someone wore the mask, his jersey, and tackled kids for their candy.
3. Chuck Barris from The Gong Show Costume

Worst Cheapest Halloween Costumes

The Unknown Comic would have been a better costume. Now, after seeing Confessions of a Dangerous Mind being Chuck Barris for Halloween sounds like a good idea. Back then, not so much. Again this costume is not only terrible but poorly executed and just a terrible idea.
2. Atari’s Asteroids Costume

Worst Cheapest Halloween Costumes

Crater Face! There we said it. Don’t get us wrong, we loved the game but why on earth would anyone want to be an asteroid? The pilot sure, maybe even an alien, but a giant space rock?
1. Joanie Loves Chachi Costume

Worst Cheapest Halloween Costumes

They actually made more than one of these. I know we are just as terrified as you are now. Crap products like this are the reason why Scott Baio is still living in the lap of luxury. Thankfully, we couldn’t find any Joanie costumes. Perhaps they too are also at the bottom of a land fill.
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on


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steppingrazor66 10/15/2010 8:55:55 AM

HEY! I actually wore the Admiral Ackbar Costume. Of course I was a little tapped as a kid...

krathwardroid 10/15/2010 9:53:11 AM

Most of these costumes have the pictures on their chests. Made by the same manufacturer?

Wyldstaar 10/15/2010 3:01:12 PM

Yes, they would have been made by Ben Cooper- king of the craptacular halloween costumes of the 70's.  Almost every cheap kids halloween costume back then was just a mask with an image of the character on the chest.  Not just Darth Vader, but all of the Star Wars costumes followed the same pattern.  It was a dark time for the Rebellion.

themovielord 10/15/2010 6:09:55 PM

Not all of them Wyldstarr... I found a few costumes that were really good. X-Wing Luke, Chewbacca, C3PO and a great stormtrooper!

ultrazilla2000 10/15/2010 6:30:55 PM

"From one the most boring films of all time comes one of the most boring characters in the Star Trek universe."

What, not enough boobs and explosions in it for ya? The movie is a classic example of good Sci-Fi for people with an attention span.

themovielord 10/15/2010 8:05:15 PM

 ultra, I've tried to get through it... but it is pretty long and drawn out... i think Robert Wise did a great job but it is pretty lame... still better than 5 though

Betenoire 10/15/2010 8:58:05 PM

ST:TMP is good sci-fi? Lucas used it as an example of how SFX cannot be used in place of a plot (which he then promptly forgot while making Jedi, Howard the Duck and the prequels).

Gah, I remember shopping for these beasties at Woolworths and they came in those flimsy little boxes that look like they should have donuts in them. "They just don't make them like they used to" can be a good thing.

Wyldstaar 10/15/2010 10:54:07 PM

I had a Stormtrooper costume movielord, and it was of the picture on the front variety.  They may have released a better one in the 80's.

I am a serious sci-fi fan ultrazilla, and I've got a reasonable attention span.  The first time I saw ST:TMP, I was in my die hard trekie phase too.  That still didn't stop me from falling asleep twenty minutes after putting the tape into my VCR.  I eventually had to make three viewings before I was able to see the entire film.  The story is indeed good sci-fi, but it could have been told in a one hour format easily.  The rest of the time is just padded with visual FX that do nothing to move the plot forward.  The entire sequence where the Enterprise is trapped in a wormhole and headed towards an asteroid is a complete waste of time.  The constant sequences showing the Enterprise moving through the inards of V'ger add nothing, and are coma inducing.

karas1 10/16/2010 12:59:52 AM

Small children like having the picture of the character on their chest.  They can look down and see it and admire the fact that they are in costume.  It may seem hokey to adults, but the costumes aren't made for adults.  They are made for small children.

Wyldstaar 10/16/2010 8:29:58 AM

Back when these costumes were around the packages were designed so that you couldn't see the costume.  They were in a cardboard box with a clear window on the front that allowed you to see the mask, which blocked the buyer's view of the costume underneath.  The box they came in was generic, so there was no picture of the costume anywhere on it.  Just a spot where the name of the character was printed.  It wasn't until you took the costume out of the box that you discovered how lame it was.  If children truely do generally prefer costumes that just have an image of the character on the chest, then they would still be around due to market demands.  I don't remember seeing any the last time I was on the Halloween isle at Target.

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