Halloween Hand-Puppet Packs of the 60’s and 70’s!

Just a few decades ago, a little plastic hand puppet was a popular marketing tool to capture the attention of kids.   Of course this tool made its way into confectionery marketing around Halloween, and I’ve got a trio of examples to share.

First up are a pair of puppet-packs for Clark stick gums.  These date back to the late 1960’s or early 1970’s, and came to me in remarkably good condition.  They look nearly brand new, and still have the original packs of gum included.  Here they are:

Clark – Clark’s Peppermint gum – Halloween multi-pack with hand puppet – package – late 1960’s early 1970’s

That first pack is clearly some kind of witch, but if you can figure out what this next frightful character is supposed to be, please let me know.

Clark – Clark’s Cinnamint gum – Halloween multi-pack with hand puppet – package – late 1960’s early 1970’s

Next up is an awesome piece I’ve had in my collection for quite some time.  It’s for the Halloween version of Sugar Daddy nuggets, renamed “Monster Nuggets”.

To me, this one perfectly captures the style used on so many monster-related products from the 1960’s.  The illustration is creepy and rough, and just weird enough to elicit a real scare.  Unlike the Clark gum examples, which had the puppet attached to the package, this plastic package actually became the hand puppet when emptied:

Welch’s – Sugar Daddy Monster Nuggets – Halloween hand puppet package bag – 1960’s

Ah… I smile every time I look at that Monster Nuggets package.

And that’s everything for today’s post on these crazy Halloween Hand-Puppet Packages.  See you next time!


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About Jason Liebig

A New York City based writer, editor and sometimes actor. After spending much of the 1990′s in the comic book business helping tell the stories of Marvel Comics’ X-Men as series editor, he has since split his time between developing his own entertainment properties while still consulting and working on others. Having been described as “the Indiana Jones of lost and forgotten candy”, Jason is one of the country’s premier candy collectors and historians with his discoveries appearing in countless blogs, magazines, newspaper articles, and books. Always happy to share his knowledge and unique perspectives on this colorful part of our popular culture, Jason has consulted with New York’s Museum of Food and Drink and has also been a featured guest on Food Network’s Heavyweights, France’s M6 Capital, and New York’s TheActionRoom.com. My Google Profile+
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2 Responses to Halloween Hand-Puppet Packs of the 60’s and 70’s!

  1. I remember getting this at McD’s a lot. Well, not these specific ones, just the plastic hand puppet things. 🙂

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