927132310794995180 Autographed little House On The Prairie Halloween Costume


Costume for a Cause!


Melissa Gilbert and WHMI’s ‘Mike & Jon in the Morning’ Team Up for Charity

Autographed Vintage 1976 ”Laura from Little House on the Prairie” Halloween Costume – Mint condition

Signed by Melissa Gilbert, who played “half-pint” Laura Ingalls on the television series

WHMI’s Mike & Jon are publicizing this charity auction over the radio waves throughout the week-long bidding process. The auction concludes on Halloween Eve, Wednesday, October 30, at midnight EST.

The winning bidder’s name will be announced on WHMI during the Mike & Jon in the Morning radio show on Halloween morning, October 31, 2013. (Upon request, you may remain anonymous.) Visit the WHMI 93.5FM website for a live stream of the winning bidder announcement.

All proceeds go to the LACASA Center of Livingston County, Michigan. LACASA is a nonprofit organization that provides help and hope for victims of child abuse and interpersonal violence.


Costume is in mint condition; original box is in okay condition (looks like it may have spent just a wee-bit-of-time out on the prairie’s log cabin porch). 

The winning bidder will receive a tax deductible receipt from LACASA Center.

This costume and mask is from the Ben Cooper Famous Faces Costume & Mask Collection. Ben Cooper, Inc. was a privately held American corporation which primarily manufactured Halloween costumes from the late 1930s to the late 1980s. It was one of the three largest Halloween costume manufacturers in the U.S. from the 1950s through the mid-1980s. The company’s plastic masks and vinyl smocks were an iconic American symbol of Halloween from the 1950s to the 1970s, and Cooper has been called the “Halston of Halloween” and the”High Priest” of Halloween.

About This Charity Auction


Melissa Gilbert stopped by the WHMI studio for a surprise visit recently. It was the perfect opportunity for Mike & Jon in the Morning to ask Gilbert if she would sign a vintage Little House on the Prairie costume.

This piece of all-American costume history was donated to the station by Howell resident David Hayes, a local author and actor, to commemorate Gilbert’s move to Livingston County, Michigan, earlier in 2013.


Gilbert graciously signed the historic costume (which she remembers seeing in department stores during her childhood). Jon King, WHMI news director, asked Gilbert if the station could auction the costume off for charity. Gilbert was enthused about raising funds for LACASA Center, the only nonprofit in Livingston County dedicated to helping victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.


LACASA Center is thrilled that Melissa Gilbert and WHMI’s Mike & Jon are teaming up to help victims on their journey of recovery and healing. LACASA will send the winning bidder a tax deductible receipt.


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