Published 10:59 AM EDT 2020 Oct 05 –
Halloween is typically a time for safety concerns — flammable costumes, tripping, tampered-with candy — but this year, there’s something new to worry about: Covid-19. Given the times we’re in, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has discouraged door-to-door trick-or-treating, parties and even wearing regular Halloween masks rather than ones that can prevent the disease’s spread.
“A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask,” the CDC says. “A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps.”
So this year you can wear a disposable or reusable cloth mask under a traditional Halloween costume mask, or you could pick from one of these Halloween-themed face masks below, even if you’re choosing to stay home for a virtual party or attend an outdoor scavenger hunt, which is among the CDC’s low-risk Halloween ideas. These masks will help to keep you safe without spoiling your costume — and they may even be part of it or inspire this year’s theme.
NicholesWickedTops Beetlejuice Face Mask ($12.59, originally $13.99; etsy.com)
There are lots of other mask options to build a costume around, especially if you like animal costumes. Forget messy face paint whiskers — this year, elevate your animal costume with a mask with its own whiskers and cute heart nose.
SeesanGeneralGoods Animal Face Masks, Red Panda ($8.21, originally $10.95; etsy.com)
SeesanGeneralGoods Animal Face Masks, Red Panda
These face masks come in lots of different realistic-looking species, from tigers to domestic cats, so you can even dress as something more unexpected, like a red panda or even a pug.
CaseRocket Scary Clown Face Mask ($12.86, originally $14.29; etsy.com)
CaseRocket Scary Clown Face Mask
Other traditional Halloween costumes and motifs have also made their way onto masks. Scary clowns are a classic.
Gift2yo LED Light-Up Face Mask ($29.99; amazon.com)
Gift2yo LED Light-Up Face Mask
A newcomer in the face mask world is the light-up mask, which uses LED lights to create an eye-catching neon effect. This version can change color, allowing you to pick from seven different hues, and it can be recharged using a USB cable.
CoverYourFaceMasks Bats Glow Face Mask ($9.95; etsy.com)
CoverYourFaceMasks Bats Glow Face Mask
Glow-in-the-dark fabrics are also finding new life in 2020 as face mask materials. Bats are a popular glow-in-the-dark mask motif.
VWGypsyArts Glow-in-the-Dark Spiderweb Face Mask (starting at $3.50, originally starting at $7; etsy.com)
VWGypsyArts Glow-in-the-Dark Spiderweb Face Mask
Glow-in-the-dark options abound, however, so if bats aren’t your thing, maybe spiderwebs are.