A great Halloween mask can take a simple costume from bland to spectacular. If you don’t have time to create a fancy costume a really good mask can make the entire costume special. The art of creating masks has never been more popular as more and more people who want to work in special effects hone their skills by creating stunning masks of some of the most memorable film and TV characters. Halloween masks have come a long way from the flimsy cardboard and rubber masks that kids used to wear for Halloween. Now you can buy masks that are film and TV camera ready to wear for Halloween or for Cosplay. Here’s a look at some of the best Halloween masks for 2015:
The Walking Dead Walker Masks
Greg Nicotero and the special effects crew on The Walking Dead have created some of the most amazing zombie masks ever made. With their fantastic attention to detail and the practical knowledge of human anatomy and what happens to the body as it decomposes they have created some truly grotesque masks that are terrifying and fascinating at the same time. Now you can buy masks that look as if they were just taken off extras at the set of The Walking Dead and use them to create your own walker costume for Halloween. You can even get masks of some of the most famous walkers like the Bicycle Girl walker and Michonne’s pet walkers.
Masquerade balls have made a big comeback, especially for Halloween weddings. There are some stunning high end masquerade masks that are made from materials like leather and latex that will do more to enhance your face than hide it. These cut out masks look like something that the French aristocracy would have worn at decadent balls. They come in a huge range of colors and patterns so that you can pick a mask that will look gorgeous and still keep your identity hidden until you are ready to reveal it.
From the classic IT mask to a devil clown mask to a mask of the newest terrifying clown in the horror pantheon Twisty from American Horror Story: Freakshow clown masks are always popular for Halloween. Modern materials and techniques have created some masks that would definitely give anyone a fear of clowns if they don’t have one already. If you want a great last minute scary costume pick up a high quality clown mask and a clown suit and you will be ready to scare everyone you come across.
Choosing the Right Mask and Taking Care of It
Modern masks are made to be comfortable, but if you’re going to be wearing a mask all day or all night for Halloween Trick or Treating or parties you need to be sure that the mask fits well and isn’t going to be difficult to wear. Many modern masks are made from latex, and there are a lot of people who are allergic to latex. Before you wear any mask for a long period of time you should wear it for about fifteen minutes to see how heavy it is and to see if you have a reaction to the latex. If you want to be able to eat and drink with your mask on you may have to adjust your mask throughout the night. Or you can choose a half mask that will cover the top part of your face and on the bottom half of your face you can use makeup and special effects appliances to get the look that you want. That leaves your mouth free so that you can eat and drink and talk without any interference from the mask.
Once you have found the mask that you want for Halloween you should wear it for short periods of time before Halloween to break it in and let it shape to your face. This will also make you more comfortable in the mask. When the mask isn’t being worn use a Styrofoam head, like the ones that you find in Halloween stores or wig shops, to hold the mask. That will keep the shape of the mask and make it look better when you’re wearing it.