This year my kids are going with some very original Halloween costumes. My eldest is going as a Fruit Ninja (based on a video game where the ninja slices fruit with a sword), and my youngest as a Dwarf (from either Lord of the Rings or Dungeons and Dragons, depending on his mood). While my sword-wielding and hammer-smashing children paraded around the house, it occurred to me I had no idea where the Halloween tradition started, so I did some investigating.
According to the History.com Halloween topic section, Halloween does indeed have its origins in ancient times, to the Celtic celebration of Samhain. But that agrarian harvest tradition had more in common with Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” than with Halloween as we know it today. American Halloween owes its roots to Irish and English traditions, brought over with the waves of immigrants from those countries in the late 19th century. History.com notes that by the early 20th century “Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition.” You can read more about the tradition here.
Sure, we have all heard of dressing up for Halloween, but what about dressing up your car? Today’s remarkable find does just that. Take a look at this 1967 Ford F-100:
And this is not just any truck. According to the listing, it is Rob Zombie’s custom 1967 F-100 Ranger, seen on the History Channel’s TV series Counting Cars. It has been customized by Danny Koker and the crew at Count’s Kustoms in Las Vegas, NV.
The listing gives us more details:
“Counting Cars star Danny “The Count” Koker and his crew surprised Rob with the customized truck while he was on tour headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer. The truck is currently on display for all to see firsthand at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare charity booth at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA through November 2.”
Aside from that, here is what you’ll find inside (and outside) the truck:
429 Cobra Jet V8
C-6 Automatic Transmission (used/rebuilt)
Gennie 3-Gear Shifter
Spider Shift Knob (custom)
Quick Fuel Carburetor
Taylor Spark Plug Wires
Cobra Valve Covers & Air Cleaner
DJM Front Lowering I-Beams
Rear Drop Kit
Wheel Smith Steelie Wheels
Hoosier Rear Slicks
Front Tires (new)
Flow Master Custom Exhaust
Alpine CD/Radio w/ (2) 6″ speakers
Mini-tubed, semi-pro street look, welded and smoothed tailgate and bed
Flat Black Paint, Hand pin-striping, Full color gloss Zombie graphics & Airbrushing
Deep Green sparkle upholstery, doors, dash and bed cover
The Zombie graphics and airbrushing make this truck look Halloween-ready, while the V8 power probably makes it feel like the truck is levitating as it flies down the highway. I know one thing: if this tricked-out truck could find the front door to my current beach shack, I would certainly give it a treat… and then take it out and do some tricks. Boo!