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Halloween Masks

Here is a collection of Hallowen Masks and other coustume ideas!! If you have any Halloween Mask ideas please send them to us and we will post them!!

Halloween masks Ideas

- Paper Mache Halloween Masks -

Materials Needed:
Round Balloon
Newspaper
Paper Mache Paste
Plastic Wrap
Paint

Instructions:
Make sure you cover you work surface well. I usually set down newspaper first and then wax paper or plastic wrap on top of the newspaper. This is a very messy project! Decide what size and shape of masl or head you want and choose the appropriate sized balloon. Blow up the balloon and tie it closed. Find a bowl or cup your balloon can sit in while you work on it. Completely cover the cup or bowl with plastic wrap so the paper mache does not stick to it. Also cover the table or work surface under the cup with the plastic wrap. Set your balloon in the cup or bowl and set it aside.

Tear several newspaper pages into strips. You will want them 1 inch wide and about 6 - 8 inches long. Set them aside. Use a large bowl to prepare your paper mache paste (Pick a recipe here). The paste will be sticky! I would suggest using a bowl that is easy to soak and clean (glass perhaps) or even a disposable bowl. Now you are ready to start with the paper mache!

Dip the newspaper strips into the glue and spread them onto the balloon. Completely cover the balloon, except for the area where it is sitting in the cup. Set aside and let this first layer dry. Once the first layer is completely dry, use various supplies to make the facial features on your ballooen if desired. You can make a nose, ears, thick eye brows, lips, etc. Use cardboard, masksing tape, foil, or other items shown on this supply list. Use masksing tape to hold everything in place.

Add at least two more layers of paper mache to your balloon. Allow each layer to dry completely before putting on the next layer. Once it is dry, pop the balloon and remove it through the opening left at the bottom (If you cannot get the balloon out, don't worry about it too much - No one will see it).

You can now paint and decorate your Halloween masks or face as desired. You can add hair using yarn, thin scraps of material, or anything else you desire. To make a more realistic shaped face, make as above except use a double layer of tin foil instead of a balloon. Use your face as a mold. Have someone help you gently press the tin foil to your face to get a nice face mold. Wad up newspaper and put it inside the curved section of the foil mold and lay it on your work surface. While applying the first layer of newspaper and paste, make sure not to press on your mold too hard or it will lose it shapes! There are many different recipes available for paper mache paste and pulp. No one recipe is better than another or the 'right' recipe. Just use the recipe that works best for you and what you are making!

Here are a few options for paste for your paper mache projects: Use a simple mixture of flour and water. Mix one part flour with about 2 parts of water until you get a consistancy like thick glue. Add more water or flour as necessary. Mix well to get out all the bumps. Add a few tablespoons of salt to help prevent mold!

Similar to the above recipe - Put 4 cups of water into a large pot. Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil, mix together 1 cup of flour with 2 cups of water, stir well to get out as many bumps as possible. Once the water is boiling, carefully add your flour and water mixture. Simmer this mixture for 2-3 minutes, until smooth. Add a few tablespoons of salt to help prevent mold. Allow to cool before you try to use it! You can use regular glue mixed with a bit of water. Mix using about 1 part water with 2 parts glue.

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Halloween Paper Bag Masks

Supplies Needed:

Large Paper Bag
Scissors
Non-toxic felt tip pens
Crayons
Paint
Glue
Feathers
Glitter
Pipe Cleaners
Tissue Paper

Instructions:

Place the bag over your head and feel your eyes and mouth are. Mark the places with crayon or marker or have a friend help you. Take the bag off and cut out the places you marked. These holes will be for your eyes and mouth. Decorate the Halloween masks to look like any creatures you like. Put your Halloween masks on and let your friends try to guess who or what you are.

PLASTER FACE Halloween masks
Written by: Anitra Redlefsen, artist, educator and art consultant from Medina, Ohio.
Objectives:

There is an inside and outside to every Halloween masks ... an interesting metaphor for one's personality.
What You Need:
petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
plaster bandages, fast setting (4" wide are good; "fast setting" is about 4 minutes)
water (and containers for water)
scissors
comfortable and safe environment
Creating the Environment:

This is the most important step as it creates comfort and safety for the person whose face will be the form for the masks. For a young child, it is a good idea for him or her to have a parent at the Halloween masks making session ; the child will have periods of time when the plaster will be covering eyes, nose, etc. and it is very reassuring for them to have a parent's touch and to hear their voice. The parent present can also assist in the session by wiping/catching drips of water, etc. so that the child is as comfortable as possible.

If you are working in a classroom setting - have a few parent volunteers on hand; you might wish to do "half-masks" in a classroom setting ... leaving the nose and mouth exposed. Lay some pillows or a sleeping bag on the floor; cover with a sheet or blanket; the child can lie down and get comfortable before you begin. Cover the child with a blanket and have some cloth towels or paper towels nearby to use during the process. If you are working in a classroom setting - slide two desks together to create a "table" for the child to lay on. Children can work in pairs. Explain the entire procedure ... what you will be doing, how long it will take (approx. 30 minutes). Play some relaxing music to make the environment relaxing.

What You Do:

Before the session begins, cut the plaster bandages into strips that are proportionate to the size of the face of the person receiving the Halloween masks. (students in a classroom can do this step themselves). Cut strips in various lengths and sizes as you will be overlapping them to form a sturdy surface -- the Halloween masks itself.

Spread an ample amount of petroleum jelly over the entire face (the "masks person"); be sure to cover eye lids, lips and especially eyebrows! Dip the strips of plaster bandages into water to wet fairly thoroughly; begin putting the strips on the child's face, starting with areas that do not cover eyes, nostrils and mouth. Overlap and smooth plaster as you work. The child can decide if they want their eyes, nostrils and mouth covered as this is optional.

When all areas that the child wants are covered with plaster and there is a nice firm covered surface, let dry for about 4 minutes or until it is firm enough to the touch to pull it off without the Halloween masks falling apart. Pull the masks off the face by having the child make faces ... smile, frown, wiggle etc. so that the Halloween masks simply pulls away from the face.

The halloween masks can be further smoothed out, added to, patched etc. before letting it dry completely. Add plaster bandages around edges (the edge of the Halloween masks; the eyes, mouth or nostrils, for example if they were not covered with plaster) for a nice, finished look. This also strengthens the halloween masks so it will not fall apart. When the Halloween mask is completely dry, paint and decorate as desired. Display, use and enjoy!

HALLOWEEN MASKS CARE:

masks have been used for celebrating Halloween for literally thousands of years. In fact, Halloween is actually based on an ancient Celtic holiday known as Samhain (pronounced "sow wan"), which means "summer's end", and was celebrated for centuries by the Celts of old and many other nature based religions. Today, Halloween is a "magical" night for everyone, and donning a halloween masks can instantly transform your into just about anyone or anything. masks make up part of the two and a half billion dollars spend annually on costumes, masks and makeup, with literally millions of Halloween masks being sold every year. The price of Halloween masks vary greatly from under ten dollars to one hundred dollars and more. The more detailed, higher quality Halloween masks usually cost more because more has gone into their design and manufacture. Basically, you get what you pay for. Below are some of our best tips for the wearing, safety and storage of your Halloween masks.

WEARING YOUR HALLOWEEN MASKS
Well designed Halloween masks like the skull masks, will fit your head snugly, but not too tight. It restricts your vision very little by having large eye holes and offers well placed ventilation holes to breath through. Some Halloween masks that fit over your entire head usually have a long slit down the back to make them easier to put on and take off. The problem is that it also causes the Halloween masks to not fit as well as it could. What we do is use Velcro dots on the back of the Halloween masks to secure the slit together while the masks is being worn. You'll need two things, a strip of Velcro dots available from your local fabric, hardware or department store and a helper. Try to choose a color of Velcro that is the closest to that of the area on the Halloween masks where you will be attaching them. The person who will be wearing the Halloween masks should put the masks on and with someone's help, have them pull the two edges together and then stick on the two Velcro pieces so that they will hold the two sides together.
To assure that a masks fits as many head sizes as possible, Halloween masks manufacturers will often make the masks "oversized." If your latex Halloween masks is too large for your head, you can cut pieces of soft foam rubber and glue them inside using spirit gum or use a low temp hot glue gun. If you use a hot glue gun be careful not to let the tip of the glue gun touch the masks or it might melt it.

Once you've decided on the Halloween masks you will be wearing for you will want a complimentary costume. Some come as sets that include both the Halloween masks and costume, but most don't, so you will need to choose a costume. To help your Halloween masks blend in with you face and neck, apply the appropriate colored grease paint around the eyes to achieve a more authentic look with the masks. An often overlooked addition to a Halloween ensemble are a pair of matching gloves.

HALLOWEEN MASKS SAFETY

Avoid Halloween masks that greatly reduce your ability to see. While all Halloween masks have either eye holes or slits to see through, they all reduce your vision to some extent, some more than others. We have some really great looking halloween masks, unfortunately some of them are so vision restrictive that we never wear them, and use them for display only. Remember, you will be walking around at night, possibly on the street, and there's no reason to risk life and limb because of limited vision. Always remove or lift up your halloween masks before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
Before you buy a halloween masks, or if you've already bought one, you should try it on and determine if you can see well enough to walk and navigate safely. If not, you might be able to improve your visibility by cutting the eye holes larger or trimming the slits. Use a small pair of sharp, pointed scissors to carefully cut or trim a little bit of the latex at a time, but take care as its very easy to remove too much, and you can't put it back on, which could ruin the look of the Halloween masks. Try on the masks each time you remove a little of the eye hole or slit until you can see safely. Again, always use caution while wearing your masks. In addition to reduced visibility, masks can also restrict your breathing, become hot and humid inside. So, its important that you remove the Halloween masks periodically for a breath of fresh air. Keep some paper towel in a pocket so that if the masks becomes wet inside you can wipe down the inside.

STORING YOUR HALLOWEEN MASKS

Whether you own just one Halloween masks or a dozen, you will want to store them properly so that they can be used or displayed year after year. The worst thing you can do is just toss it in a box as the masks will not hold its natural shape. The best way we've found to store latex Halloween masks is on a Styrofoam wig stand. These are shaped like a human head and only cost a couple of dollars at beauty supply stores. Halloween masks should be store in a cool, dark, dry place. Exposure to sunlight or excessive temperatures for a prolonged period can cause the colors to fade and damage the latex, causing the masks to crack. *Originally published in Halloween Online Magazine.
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