HNN (Horror News Network) Productions have announced that Halloween in a Box, a documentary focusing on Halloween costume manufacturers, will be distributed by Indie Rights on October 1st, 2019, on various VOD platforms including Amazon.
This documentary marks the company’s first release and has been called a labor of love by Director/Producer Rob Caprilozzi. "Halloween has always been a beloved holiday for children of all ages and nothing beat the wildly popular costumes-in-a-box from companies such as Ben Cooper Inc., Collegeville, and Halco," said Caprilozzi. "I loved those costumes. They were a big part of my childhood and they really reflected pop culture for so many generations."
For years, these costumes were a Halloween institution dating back to the 1930s. But in 1982 at the height of their popularity, the first case of domestic terrorism shook the U.S. in the form of the Chicago Tylenol murders and threatened to cancel Halloween forever. In an effort to save the holiday, the costume giants, although rivals in the business, were forced to come together and unify or trick-or-treating would become extinct.
Halloween in a Box centers around the history and evolution of these Halloween costumes and explores the companies that brought dressing up on All Hallows Eve to the masses.
One unique aspect of the documentary is how fans of Cooper, Collegeville, and Halco submitted their own vintage photos and videos of themselves in their costumes becoming part of the project.
"Something I really wanted to incorporate in this documentary was old photos and movies of people from all walks of life in their Halloween costumes," Caprilozzi added. "I have my memories and experiences as a kid, but I wanted to include the communities’ memories. Each image that was submitted tells a story of the person’s childhood, a snapshot of an era and how Halloween played, and plays, such a pivotal role in our lives."
You can check out the film's trailer and poster artwork below!