I've been chatting with Mrs Treasure about the rumour that kids in Manchester are wearing Jimmy Savile halloween face masks. I don't think it's true. While the tat moguls of Zhejiang could easily adapt existing generic hag-based designs by adding a bit of extruded plastic meant to represent a cigar - say - based on something emailed over, there's the fact that their margins would require huge production volume, and we're not that far into the folk devil cycle yet - though I wouldn't be surprised to see tentative attempts to substitute Mr Savile for his co-religionist Mr Fawkes come bonfire night, these perhaps becoming established pratice as the years go by. An opportunity here for wherever the tat manufacturing trade eventually shifts to, perhaps Laos, perhaps Huddersfield.
There's also the fact that they'd have to dump the masks in a container and get them shipped over to Felixstowe and then get them distributed; and that that the tat people have long since retooled for Xmas.
There is a possibility that local street traders have added value to their existing stock of Halloween masks, by rigging up Savile-like attachments to their existing stocks of hag masks. I shall go to Market Street and investigate these signs of green shoots and innovation at the earliest opportunity.