For now though, we're talking Hallowe'en and Ragg's runaway best-seller is the Giant Ghoulsville Mask. At 19" tall, these Vac-tastic plastic, 3-D, high-relief masks are, as Ragg! founder Kirsten waxes romantically, "thoughtfully inspired by our warm memories of costumes, characters and playsuits of the 60's-70's found at the local Five & Dime Stores". With characters ranging from Pumpkin Puss to every Munsters character, from voodoo skulls to space zombies, from toxic brides to Hot Stuff devils, Ghoulsville masks can funkify any espace d'ennui that needs a funfusion of lighthearted, happy horror. Still hankering for a Saturday morning sugar high? 3-D masks are also avail in your fave, General Mills monsters: Boo-Berry, Franken Berry and Count Chocula,
Clearly, Ragg can outfit your personal Haunted Mansion, year-round. Yet, for Hallowe'en, pay special attention to their spookiest swag selections of The Munsters, Pumpkin Puss, Hot Devils, Mars Attacks, Ghousville and General Mills monsters. Whatever 7-yr-old You needs, Retro-a-go-go! has, save the pastel-colored milk in your bowl. That's on you.
Kirsten Pagacz is right. Stop adulting! Well, as much as possible. Sometimes, you have to pay the mortgage or take your dog to the vet. Yet, if you can plaster your walls, and life, with enough silly to stimulate the sunny side of your soul, think how grand each day could be! In an arrested state of silly, Moi is always on the lookout for oases of merry ... then, one day, I saw an oasis of the horror-silly. It was Ragg!
I first happened up Ragg at San Diego Comic-Con, where the freak and the chic come to geek. Since that first visit, approx ten years ago, Ragg has become a JennyPop must-visit at SDCC, primarily for their fab and funky parasols.
Be it an SDCC or Viva Las Vegas Rocabilly Weekend booth, their Howell, MI brick-and-mortar store or their website, Retro-a-go-go! is a frabjous place to visit. As Kirsten hopes, "You might grow nostalgic for places you've been before or be turned on to new things that you are seeing for the first time ... ". As with world travels, one often brings back souvenirs to recall fond times. Maybe it was Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland, Boston, Aruba, Vegas, San Francisco, Dubai or Disneyland (Oh, Lady Fortuna, when will we get to go to Disneyland again?!); or, maybe it's your childhood? If you can bring back childhood souvenirs, to recall fond times, especially now, why wouldn't you? Find your pep, make some joy, even if just for a bit. Add something to your day that gives you a smile, even for a twee glance, a quick peek at a little piece you, and maybe only you, love. Go-go on then! Get yourself some hometown happy and please your brain at Retroagogo.com!
As for the Big Chief in Charge, if she wasn't Wunderkind-ing enough, running herself Ragg-ed with the sickly sweet stench of kitsch success, Kirsten is also a pubished authoress, having penned a witty memoir of mental health, in a most pleasing, LOL, read aloud in the car, kind of David Sedaris-style: Leaving the OCD Circus: Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Thing
My OCD was like a secret friend that always had interesting things for me to do.
As with martinis and vintage cocktai hats, one published book is never enough. (Moi? Perpetually on #6, of all of the above.)
"I am presently writing another book," informs Kirsten. "I consider it a dark comedy! Life is absurd and laughing is the cure!"
Why wouldn't you buy a giant Lily Munster mask, Bettie Page paraasol or Creature From the Black Lagoon tiki mug from this chick? I'm going to, right now ... well, after I pay the mortgage.
Happy Hallowe'en, kittens! Stay safe, stay sage, stay silly!