When you walk up and down the aisles of Halloween costumes, you’re bound to see a number of masks. Masks are as instrumental in the holiday as candy or pumpkins, but not everyone likes to use them. There are both pros and cons to using Halloween masks, so consider carefully before you plan your next costume.
The biggest pro of using a mask for your Halloween costume is that it hides your identity more easily than any other method. This may or may not be important to you! Masks can cover your entire face and head, other just partially cover you, but whenever you alter the shape of your face, you make it more difficult to tell who you are. Painting your face also helps to disguise you, but not as significantly as a mask.
Another good point about masks is that they are easy to use. Painting your face takes some amount of skill and you have to touch up during the night in some cases. Masks just need to be put on, and you’re ready to go. Even if you where nothing else, you can simply put on a black outfit and a mask and your costume is set. Because of this, masks can easily be the least expensive costume you can buy.
Of course, there are disadvantages to masks as well. First and foremost, masks can be dangerous if you don’t wear one properly. The mask should not be able to slip over your eyes and you should be able to breath properly through both your nose and mouth. Try on the mask and make sure that it isn’t restricting you at all. When you drive, remove the mask, just to be on the safe side.
Another disadvantage of masks is that they can be rather hot. If you’ll be outside and you live in a colder environment, the heat of the mask may not be an issue to you, but if you’ll be attending a party where you expect to be crowded into an area with lots of other people, wearing a hot mask can be uncomfortable. Make sure that you don’t overheat, removing your mask from time to time when you need to get some fresh air, and always drink plenty of water. In this respect, face painting or not covering your face at all can be a huge advantage.
Lastly, masks can be expensive. Although buying just a mask is a cheap kind of Halloween costume, some of the more detailed masks can be pricey. Remember also that you can make great Halloween costumes for free from your own closet. If you want to where a Halloween mask, make sure that you budget for his additional cost.
Remember, masks don’t work for everyone. If you see a particularly great mask but are worried about its comfort or safety, consider wearing it for only a short time. You can also use especially cool masks as decorations in your home! Halloween masks can be great, but only if you use them correctly.