Halloween, 1984: Gizmo and Gremlins

Halloween Doom 1984

The Gremlins costume is a Ben Cooper, but I have no idea why it says STAR. It should say STRIPE, the only Gremlin named in the movie. At the time, even though I adored Gremlins (kids were literally running out of the theater, scared shitless—it was awesome), I would have been all over that Dr. Doom costume. In ’83 and ’84 my pursuit of comics was approaching mania.

UPDATE (10/12/15): Thanks so much to Shawn Robare for pointing out that the Gremlins costume does indeed say Stripe. My reading of “Star” was an optical illusion.

Here’s the Ben Cooper Gizmo costume.

img301 Halloween 1984

There was also a full body Gizmo costume. Here it is in action.

Halloween Gizmo 1984

And here’s the McCall’s pattern, if you want to try and track it down. Notice the box with the painted air holes (not included).

Halloween Gizmo McCalls 1984

(Photos via bobcat135/Flickr, Sean/Flickr, Needleloca, and Etsy)

2 Responses to “Halloween, 1984: Gizmo and Gremlins”


  1. 1 Shawn Robare August 12, 2015 at 2:58 am

    It actually does say Stripe, it’s just misleading with the folds 🙂 http://www.retrocrush.com/archive2003/costumes/stripe.jpg


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