Best Halloween Masks
One of the more memorable holiday traditions for a lot of folks is dressing up like outrageous monsters and scaring the crap out of little kids, to then give them a nice helping of candy. You see, it always ends in a happy ending. But, Halloween has always been linked to terror, horror, and overall fright. It is the one time of year where you can dress up as someone else without being ridiculed or threatened by police. However, the start of any great costume is the mask. Maybe you are here looking for costume ideas or maybe you simply want to see some horrifying yet at the same time beautiful, potential masks. Either way, this guide is being created to assist you so let’s get started, shall we?
- Rob Zombie
- The realism is superb
- Fits extremely well
- Michael Myers
- 100 % handmade
- Large eye holes
10 Best Halloween Masks
Trick Or Treat Studios Rob Zombie
This Rob Zombie depiction was sculpted by Justin Mabry and is dubbed as the most accurate Rob Zombie mask ever mass produced. But, some buyers have noted that they have received a model that lacks the color of the photos.
Amongst the consumer feedback, not too many buyers complain about the comfortability. But, some users did note that the hair can be a little finicky at times.
Size and Fitting
One buyer with a rather large head, according to them, claimed that for the average person, this is going to fit like a dream. With a larger head, though, it may be a bit tight so be wary of that.
The product description lists this as 100 percent other fibers but the seller did confirm that it is made of latex. Also, this fully equipped with an accurate Rob Zombie wig and beard.
Much like the comfortability, not too many consumers have had negative comments about the breathability of this model.
Clearly, fans of the super beast will be more inclined to purchase this option and that is okay. For fans, the accurate depiction and craftsmanship of this mask make it a must-buy.
The realism is superb
It fits extremely well
It enables you to headbang just like the super beast himself
A few consumers have noted that they received a model that looked slightly different than the picture
Trick Or Treat Studios Michael Myers
At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with good old Michael Myers. This specific design is actually a replica of the model that was worn in the final confrontation of the hit movie Halloween II.
As this is made 100 percent of Latex, the comfortability is certainly not an issue. In fact, one reviewer even noted that their son enjoyed wearing it around the house casually.
Size and Fitting
Be aware here; this may fit tight on most people. Even though you may not have an issue donning and doffing this, there is probably going to be very little wiggle room inside.
In addition to the 100 percent Latex composition, this is also 100 percent handmade. On top of this, it is hand painted for the most realistic detail possible.
One specific consumer gave their thoughts on this Michael Myers replica and claimed that breathing out of it was not much of an issue; so, that is a huge plus.
It is understandable if some of you will pass over this one. Possibly, you have already been Michael Myers and are looking for something fresher. Just know, though, this mask is flowing with great detail.
An identical replica of Michael Myers from Halloween II
It is 100 percent handmade
The comfortability is not an issue
The hair tends to shed quite a bit
For average men, this will be tight
Rubie's Costume Dc Heroes
There are a ton of iterations of the Joker and this is from the Animated Series. The psychotic nature of this design really fits the character like a tee.
As was hinted at, this is quite massive. But, some users have expressed that it is not too difficult to fill the empty space inside with comfortable material.
Size and Fitting
If you simply want a model to don without making any slight modifications, you may be disappointed here. But, again, placing padding inside will fix the extra space.
In some models, the eye holes can be too small to be considered reasonable. However, that is not the case here and also, this is made 100 percent of latex.
One of the problems with a latex mask, which is essentially rubber, is that the interior can develop quite a lot of heat (which can be an issue here).
It is The Joker, is there any other convincing you need? The larger nature of this model may scare people off but just know, it can be stuffed with padding to account for it.
It is a great representation of the Animated Series Joker
The eye holes are larger than other models
When you get the fit down, it is comfortable
Can be too large for some heads
Does tend to get hot inside
This just might be the most obnoxious design on this entire list. It is a gruesome interpretation of the anti-hero Venom and it will definitely turn some heads.
Overall, it is not as if this is uncomfortable. Yet, due to its massive size, it does not hold its shape well and can be awkward to wear, to be honest.
Size and Fitting
For most teenagers and adults, this will fit. As the seller indicates, it is not really ideal for children. But, in absolutely no way could this be considered small.
This high-quality model is made of latex and is licensed by Marvel. However, as was mentioned earlier, it could hold its shape better.
Though there were few instances of users commenting on the breathability, the massive size is at play so do not be surprised if it is a little clammy inside.
For those looking to be subtle this Halloween, you may want to keep looking. Yet, any fans of Venom who really want to make an impression and be noticed, pick this up.
Looks both gruesome and detail-oriented
It is high quality and licensed by Marvel
It is easy to place something inside to account for the size
Not the smallest model in the world, let’s just say that
A few buyers claim it struggles to hold its shape
Admittedly, this may not be the highest of quality on this list. As some users have pointed out, the paint does scratch off. Yet, it is still a good depiction of Jason.
The comfortability really ties into the fitting in this case. As one buyer noted, the indentation of the nose is a bit odd.
Size and Fitting
The general consensus is that this is a smaller mask. But, what is nice is that it comes with an adjustable strap to make it more versatile.
Instead of latex, this is actually made of high-quality PVC. One of the benefits of this is the shape is solid and will not deform.
As this is a Jason Voorhees model, there are holes everywhere. This allows it to vent extremely well which comes into play to enhance the breathability.
No, this is not a perfect and flawless model. What it is, instead, is a brilliant option for horror fans or users looking for options outside of latex.
It is solid and will hold its shape
Very easy to clean with a damp rag
The included straps are adjustable
The paint does scratch off easily
Not the best depiction ever of Jason
What is really nice about this dark black skull is that it is a great combination of fear, intimidation and striking appeal.
Inside this model is integrated rubber padding and this adds to the overall comfort. Overall, the padding is around one inch in thickness.
Size and Fitting
Though there are some included adjustable straps to allow this to fit most adults and teens, they can be hard to operate and get to stay in place.
Although this is plastic, it is still of higher quality. In addition to this, the eyes are crafted of metal mesh to prevent fogging and protect your eyes.
The craftsmanship of this model is both lightweight and durable. But, due to the non-toxic and odorless material, you are allowed to breathe freely.
Sometimes, it is nice to don a model that is not necessarily representative of an iconic character. Once you get the straps figured out, you will be good to go.
Does not fog up
It is also ideal for outdoor activities and hunting
Comes equipped with rubber padding inside
The straps could have been engineered better
Rubie's Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Leatherface could quite possibly be the most demented “looking” creature of the night. While this model does not quite do the character justice, it is darn close.
Interestingly enough, there was a reviewer who noted that they used this as a protective layer in the winter. That should say it all in regard to the comfort.
Size and Fitting
This is where the modifications will need to be made. While the latex will stretch into place, it is way too large for most people. A Velcro strap will most likely need to be equipped.
This is equipped with both the hair and the neckline of Leatherface. Overall, it is made 100 percent of latex and is as strong as an ox.
Speaking of modifications, here is another one that may need to be made. To increase the breathability, you may want to cut out the mouth.
Buying a product that needs modifying seems asinine. While that is a fair claim, huge fans of Leatherface may be willing to do it as the end result will be worth it.
The material is very strong and will not rip easily
Good interpretation of Leatherface
Can also double as a protective layer
May need to add Velcro straps for sizing
Modifications to the mouth may be needed for breathability
Let’s just say that even the manliest of men will quicker with fear if they come face to face with this. It really is that compelling in regard to its scare factor.
The general consensus seems to be that this is comfortable to don and wear. Plus, it works with a variety of cloaks and capes.
Size and Fitting
Though it is claimed this is for children, users over six feet in height have claimed they have worn it. The internal elastic band also helps keep it in place.
Even though this is not the thickest material in the world, it is made of latex which is very familiar in this field of technology.
If the experiences of one buyer are any indication, the ventilation of this needs some work. When breathing inside, it will build up heat quickly.
For sheer purposes of scaring the ever living crap out of anyone who is anyone, this is a great option. Some ventilation issues do hurt the value, though.
Will scare anyone who is anyone
Has an elastic band inside
It has good detail and craftsmanship
The inside will heat up very quickly
Zagone Studios presents another “arbitrary” option and this pretty much looks exactly like death. The attention to detail is evident, though, so that is a plus.
To add to the overall comfort of the material itself, latex, there is an integrated sock and it acts like a buffer for your skin.
Size and Fitting
A few buyers went out of their way to report that the eye holes and the fabric are a little tight. For those with larger heads, it may even be too tight to be passable.
Arguably the coolest aspect of this model is you can make facial expressions and the mouth will move accordingly. For the record, this consists of latex and polyester.
Polyester naturally does an adequate job of wicking away moisture. However, some buyers have noted that it can get very hot inside this.
Sure, the eye holes could be larger and the breathability could be improved. Yet, the movable mouth and the creepy design make this very compelling.
Facial expressions can be made
The sock acts as a buffer for your skin
The attention to detail is marvelous
Both eye holes could be larger
Retains heat more than it should
Morbid Evil Clown
The terrifying nature of this clown is bad enough but the snake-like tongue is just the icing on the cake. It is as horrifying as it gets, period.
On its own, this may be a little uncomfortable due to the eye openings. However, some users have had success adding padding, so you can try that.
Size and Fitting
One size will fit most with this model and despite the eye openings, it seems that this fits very well on most heads.
Morbid Enterprises describes this as being made 100 percent of other fibers. As for the tongue, it is hollow and is no good for licking.
One of the main issues with this type of design is the lack of ventilation. Due to this, it is going to get hot and clammy inside.
If you are inside all night, this may not be the best option. Then again, out in the field, this can be an ideal way to get some cheap scares in.
The tongue sticking out is the icing on the cake
A one-size-fits-all model
Will scare a plethora of kids and adults
The eye holes are a bit small
The breathability could be vastly improved
Criteria Used For Evaluation
What the Design Represents
As goofy and crazy as it seems, there is a reason why Halloween is at the tops of some people’s best holiday lists. As was mentioned in the beginning, it gives you the opportunity to dress up as a buffoon or even as a completely ridiculous and terrifying monster or villain. When it comes to finding the right mask, it really all depends on what you are looking for. To expand on this, as that is an obvious claim, a lot of it depends on if you plan to dress up as an iconic character or in a particular manner. For example, if you want to do a Joker or Batman costume, you will need an accompanying mask (if you abide against makeup for the former) to go with it. But, if you are going for something casual and random, you may just want a generic design.
Also, perhaps you do not want to go the scary and terrifying route. There are other designs out there that resemble other characters and symbols, such as cute animals or silly things that you can look for.
How Comfortable It Is
Now that the design is out of the way, it is time to address the vast majority of features that you will need to look out for. Of course, this all starts with comfortability. How many times have you donned a costume for All Hallows’ Eve only to want to take it off due to its unbearable nature and discomfort? This can ruin what is supposed to be an entertaining and ludicrous night. To be honest, comfortability is probably one of the most popular reasons why consumers want to avoid buying a mask. Well, let’s just say that most of them are not engineered to be worn for days on end. All you really need, though, is it to be comfortable for a few hours because how long will you really be wearing it?
This is a good time to bring up silicone and latex. These are the two most common materials that are used in this type of headwear and they are both far from foolproof. They both tend to be skin-tight but are not the best when it comes to breathability (which will be addressed later).
How Well it Fits
In many ways, this next section plays right off of the last one. Typically, if something does not fit, it does not stand a chance at being comfortable. So, this means that the fitting is as important (and perhaps more) as the comfort. But, this is where things can get a little tricky. You see, most designers will attempt to make the most politically correct mask in this sense. They will try to account for the most head sizes that they can and to do that, they weight out the law of averages. But, as you know, you may be below or above the “average” that persists in the world. The positive news is that even if the model you buy is too large or small, there are ways to go about it.
If it is too large, you can stuff some plastic grocery bags inside. You need the eyes to line up and once this is done, you can quit stuffing bags inside. As for a model that is too small, you will need to open up the slit that is on the back (which can be done for silicone or latex). Open it up gradually and keep trying it on until you can comfortability don it.
The Overall Craftsmanship
A lot of what this section is going to address has been either covered or hinted at. But, you really do need to evaluate the overall craftsmanship as a whole. This is not alluding to the artistic design at play, either, but more so what it is composed of. As you know, this will typically either be latex or silicone (although there are PVC type masks out there, as well). The comfortability and breathability, which will be assessed here in a minute, have been covered. But, what is also important is how well the model is made and crafted.
For example, some companies will go out of their way to add little details to enhance the design as a whole. Anytime a design is handcrafted and handmade, as an example, typically means the attention to detail will be high. After all, if you are looking for a specific character and it is not even close to what he or she actually looks like, it could be seen as a disgrace to that character.
How Well it Breathes
Raise your hand if you have ever worn a Halloween costume and literally could not breathe half-way through the night? This issue is probably most apparent with headwear and part of the reason why is naturally, latex and silicone are not the most breathable of materials. Another problem is some designs will be completely encased and will have no ventilation holes whatsoever. So, your hot breath is trapped inside and will create a very clammy atmosphere (much like a shoe without any mesh).
The reality is for some models, you may just have to live with taking it off for several minutes to breathe. At least when you are outside, depending on where you live, the weather is typically much cooler.
Q: What is the Best Way to Clean Latex?
Due to the issues of breathability that were recently assessed, it goes without saying that you will probably want to clean the Halloween mask that you end up getting. After all, it may be drenched in sweat and smell funky. The question then becomes, how do you go about cleaning one? Well, and this is latex specifically, all you really need to do is wash it with warm and soapy water. You can do this for both the interior and exterior.
What you want to avoid is using any sort of petroleum-based product, such as Vaseline, to clean a latex model, however.
Q: Do the Teeth Need to Cover the Mouth?
This is a rather interesting question here but it could potentially be a way to resolve the issue of a lack of ventilation. Depending on the model and the design you are looking at, it may or may not be equipped with a custom mouth. If it is, you need to ask yourself, does it make or break the design? For some of the models on this list, such as The Joker and Venom, it would be impossible to remove the mouth. But, without a mouth, if you expose your own teeth it can look tacky and ruin the overall scare appeal as a whole.
However, if the breathing is unbearable then this can be an option for appropriate models. Just weight the pros against the cons as the decision is really up to you.
Q: What Happens if it is Damaged Upon Arrival?
Typically, whenever you receive a product that has been damaged in the shipping and handling process you would merely contact the seller and either get a refund or a replacement. But, when you are dealing with a latex item the product (and in this case any masks you buy) may not actually be damaged at all. It all comes down to the unique properties of latex and how it is designed. What happens with the material is it will take the form of whatever it is pressed against. So, if it arrives at your doorstep and is deformed and distorted, it is probably just fine.
What you should do is remove it from the packaging and allow it to reform its shape. To speed up the process, you can take a low-heat item (such as a blow dryer on its lowest heat setting) to restore its shape.
Q: How Do You Repair a Mask?
Even though both latex and silicone are very durable materials, an instance may occur where one of your Halloween masks becomes damaged. If any rips or tears have become present, and this works for silicone and may or may not work for latex, you may be fine by investing in Sil-Poxy. Even if you can’t find this product in stores, you can order it online and it should fix a moderate tear. When you do use it, though, be sure to clean the area you will be applying it to beforehand. Once applied, and the manufacturer should walk you through how to use it, wait at least an hour for it to dry.
Q: How Do You Care for One?
Okay, so we talked about how you should go about cleaning one of these masks. But, how should you care for them, as a whole? To prevent them from being damaged or deformed over the years, try out some of these helpful tips. For one, instead of simply chucking them into a storage container, why not hang them up from a wig stand or similar product? This way, they retain their natural shape while they are stored. But, if you do not have a stand like that, you could stuff the inside with newspaper and encase it in a sealed plastic bag.
Or, how about this one? Do not store them in direct sunlight as this will cause the colors to fade terribly to the point where you would not want to ever put it on again.
Q: Will They Last a Long Time?
Ah, the million dollar question of every product you ever invest in, to be honest. As with everything, it all depends on how you, as the consumer, care for your product. Given all the information you have absorbed, there are no excuses to improperly care for this type of headwear. Now, if you do care for it properly, you can expect the masks to last for several years. Especially with silicone, the material is rated to handle chemical and physical stability.
It is not a complicated formula here everyone. Treat your things with care and they will last a long time (generally speaking).
Probably the most anti-climactic aspect of purchasing a brand-new Halloween mask is that you know you will only wear it once a year (and maybe not even that frequently). Still, in life, sometimes you just need to have fun and even though the practicality may not match the price, that is exactly what this headwear provides for you.