An amazing addition to my vintage Halloween costume collection materialized earlier this week-- and I didn't even have to travel all the way to Hannibal MO to get it! I mean, you guys know I have a ton of these great old Ben Cooper costumes, but this is the first one from the hilariously branded "Hoot n' Toot" line that I've ever actually stumbled upon, and it's 100% complete in the original groovy box to toot-- err, --to boot! While the overall design of the costume is definitely a hoot, the mask is solely the unique toot part, with a little plastic whistle clenched in the outrageously pursed lips so you can wander around on Halloween night tootin' your lil brains out at cars and other trick 'r treaters, and most importantly --for more candy! "TOOT!" (And no I haven't tooted it-- I'm absolutely NOT putting my lips anywhere near that thing!) Now the box is equally astounding, featuring wonderfully colorful 60's art on the lid and sides, and I really hope they made Hoot n' Toots for the Tin Man, tiger, devil, masked mew mew, and clown, because if they did, I'll be huntin' 'em down! The frock smock part of the costume is also nicely done with bright yellows, blues, and reds showcasing not only handsome Huck, but also Tom Sawyer, --there's even a corn cob pipe tucked in the breast pocket-- yee haw!! (Hmmm, an actual corn cob pipe in the mask might've made for a better tooter idea, just sayin'!) And yes, all of this is based off of the nearly forgotten 1968 Hanna-Barbara tv series, "The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" which featured live action actors interacting with animated characters and backgrounds. If you've never seen anything from this super surreal and very fun show, here's one of my favorite episodes where they battle a variety of horrors in the Castle of Evil! CLICK HERE for it! (I do believe the entire series is on youtube as well.) So there you have it, a hootin' tootin' Karswell first-- and kudos to my son for allowing me to photograph him with the mask on (see end of post), and no, he didn't toot the whistle either-- ewwww!