Masks Ideas and Tips
A masquerade ball is a glamorous and mysterious event that first appeared in the 15th century. Oh how these events have grown and sparked a revolution of masks and other accessories. While the masked ball tradition is all but extinct, the love of masks lives on, particularly in Halloween tradition. If you believe a mask will finish off your costume, don’t worry for a second because we have an awesome variety of masks for every theme of costume!
From elegant Venetian masks that would look gorgeous at a masquerade,
to scary full face masks that will haunt your nightmares, you will certainly find
the mask that is perfect for you and your next costume. Need a mask to make
your movie themed costume stand out? we have masks from all kinds of movies and
comics such as our Batman themed masks and even our Steven King themed masks.
finish off your next costume with a bang and one of our various themed masks.
History of Masks
The use of masks goes back to ancient times. Whether they were used in ritual ceremonies, while hunting, or during wars, they have played a constant role in societies around the world. It is difficult to deduce where and when masks first came about, but it is thought that they were first introduced thousands of years ago as a symbol of authority. According to one source, the oldest masks ever discovered are 9,000 years old, though it is believed that the practice of making masks could go back as many as 40,000 years, and these older versions did not stand the test of time. A variety of ancient cultures used masks in myriad ways: the cult of Shiva, a god appears wearing a horned mask. Ancient Greeks often wore masks during bacchanalia and in the Dionysus cult. Ancient Romans often created death masks after noteworthy citizens died. While the Black Death made its way around Europe, doctors often wore half-masks that covered their eyes and featured long, beak-like noses that protected them from being infected by the disease, which was thought to be airborne.
In more modern times, masks have been used during performances to help actors better express emotions. This is particularly noteworthy of the ancient Greek plays, which were performed in large theaters. Because not everyone could see and hear the actors, masks like the juxtaposed Comedy and Tragedy helped better convey their messages. Masks are still used today in many stage performances (like the Phantom of the Opera), television shows and movies, but for the everyday person, they are perhaps most commonly worn at Halloween and to costume parties.
Kids Masks For Halloween
Darth Vader. Zorro. The Dread Pirate Roberts. Ghostface from Scream. Michael Myers from Halloween. The Lone Ranger. Hannibal Lecter. Some of the most beloved - and feared - characters of our time have worn masks. A mask is the perfect way to completely transform into someone else for some spook-tacular Halloween fun. Here are our suggestions for masks for kids:
• Superheroes: Every kid loves superheroes. From Catwoman to Spider-Man, there’s a masked marauder or caped crusader for every child. Marvel characters have been “super” lately, with Avengers: Endgame topping the box office. Assemble your team of Avengers by rounding up the neighborhood kids for some Halloween fun. Captain Marvel, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, Wolverine and Deadpool are all great costumes with masks to match. If your super kid is more into DC Comics, we recommend the classics, like Batman and Robin. After all, when you’re a superhero, it’s necessary to conceal your identity!
• Star Wars. So many Star Wars costumes include spot-on masks, like Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, C-3PO, R2D2 and Chewbacca.
• Good, old-fashioned horror. Halloween is all about scaring up some fun, which is why we’re big fans of the classics: Ghostface from Scream, Chucky, creepy clowns and much more.
No matter what your child is interested in, we carry all of the boy’s costumes and girl’s costumes you need to make their next Halloween a scream.
Adult Masks for Halloween
Whoever says Halloween is just for kids is dreaming. If anything, Halloween is the perfect time for adults to get dressed up and act like kids again. Besides, there are so many more costume ideas for adults than there are for kids. Adults can, of course, wear all of the costumes and masks we’ve mentioned above; Darth Vader, Catwoman and Captain America know no age. But adults can go the extra mile and don super-scary zombie masks, terrifying clown masks, Michael Myers masks, Freddy Kruger masks - the possibilities are endless. They’re perfect for scaring your husband, wife and friends at your next big Halloween bash.
But for adults, masks aren’t just for Halloween. Comic-cons are huge draws for costume enthusiasts, and there’s something for everybody - video game characters, TV characters, movie characters, comic book characters - you name it. So many of these costumes look great with masks, so lean into it - go big or go home! Masquerades are also popular themes for fancy dinner parties and gala events. Whether it’s a lacy eye mask or a full, Venetian-style carnival mask, there are lots of different options that suit everybody.
Or, go for something completely unconventional! You’re guaranteed to see at least one Batman, Iron Man or Ghostface this Halloween. Create a costume and a mask that no one has seen before. Use felt to create a Grumpy Cat mask (R.I.P.), use a simple black eye mask and dress as a burglar, or invent your own wacky character that no one has ever heard about. On Halloween, anything goes.
Types of Masks
• Scary masks. Halloween is nothing without a scare or two (or three). There are so many terrifying masks out there, like clear zombie masks, creepy clown masks, devil masks - the list goes on. Besides, any costume or character can be made evil with a scary mask.
• Celebrity masks. In this day and age, it’s almost too easy to embody a celebrity at Halloween. Whether you’re looking for a pull-on latex mask or a cardboard mask that attaches with elastic around your head, we have just the thing. Some of our favorite celebrity masks include Elvis, Donald Trump, Melania Trump and even Queen Elizabeth. Go ahead, add a little gore to your celebrity mask - we won’t tell.
• Masks from movies. Oh, come on - give us a challenge! All you need to do is search any genre on your favorite streaming app to find movie mask inspiration. Go the horror route with The Nun, the alien from Alien, any character from Five Nights at Freddy’s, Jason or Pennywise the clown from IT. Or go intergalactic with Star Wars masks featuring Darth Vader, Poe, Finn, Rey, Princess Leia and Chewbacca. Or save the day in a superhero mask, like Groot, Iron Man, Black Panther, Batman or even the T-rex from Jurassic World.
• Animal masks. Animal costumes are perfect if you’re in a pinch. It’s easy to put together a costume and grab a matching mask, like a lion, tiger, pig, and even - you guessed it - a pug dog. Seriously.
• Clown masks. We’re in the camp that clowns are creepy, but we’re in the business of scaring up Halloween fun. Whether you’re looking to terrify the neighborhood children as Pennywise or dress up your adorable 4-year-old as a cute circus clown, we have plenty of colorful clown masks you’ll love.
• Masquerade masks. Have we mentioned that we love a good masquerade? These are such easy costumes to pull off - just wear something fancy and add a mask. That’s really all there is to it! Lucky for you, we carry a variety of masquerade masks that are perfect for every celebration, like yellow, purple and green Mardi Gras masks; eye masks in a variety of colors; pretty eye masks with feathers and gold trim; and sequined eye masks in multiple hues. Add one of these to your ensemble and you’re sure to look magnificent at your next masquerade.