I think that there's something nostalgic about the love for Halloween. Even though it is arguably more of an adult holiday these days, the decorations and costumes all take me back to a time when kids got to rule the suburban streets for a night. A time when holiday specials only aired once and your shopping was limited to whatever the local pharmacy or Hallmark store had in stock. You couldn't just go online to binge on Halloween specials, order the exact costume you wanted, and see what people from all across the world were dressing up as.
There was a perceived scarcity that made you appreciate everything a little bit more.
There's something of that in these old horror comics from the mid 70's. These were before my time, but I think they're still pretty representative of my childhood. Let's flip through, shall we?
These comics are all anthology series that have character hosts that provide some continuity - here we have Destiny, but you're probably more familiar with the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt which was similar.
The artists and writers seem to vary from book to book as does the quality of the work. My guess is that most of the talent wanted to work on the more popular titles. The stories themselves are all pretty much just morality plays with the occasional twist ending.
Take this one for example:
Fortunately, if you really thought a story sucked balls, you could always air your grievances with a letter to the editor:
And of course, there are the ads. Back in the day you could just send money to a PO box and receive your item in 6 to 8 weeks. I never understood why my parents refused to let me order plans that promised to turn your ordinary vacuum cleaner into a hovercraft. Lame.
Don't have any money? Don't despair, just spend a few hours selling some seeds or stationery door-to-door and you're all set. It really was a simpler time:
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