Halloween Masks and Headpieces for a Perfect Disguise
It's enchantingly simple: Snip. Fold. Paint. Glue. A few basic techniques are all it takes to transform into your own imaginative disguise. Masks and headpieces are a great way to be festive for the season without having to dress in full costume.
Design a larger-than-life headpiece—as a maleficent Medusa or Madame Butterfly—constructed from clip-art, crepe paper, sequins, ribbons, and other trimmings. Weave unexpected accessories into your hair—writhing snakes, insects, or eyeballs—to make daring a headpiece, or fringed paper and pleated honeycomb balls for an eye-catching fascinator that will be the talk of the party. Kids can partake in the making of their own mask (or a full costume, if they feel so ambitious)—mimicking animals such as owls, black cats, parrots, and wild jungle beasts—using easy templates, and their arts and crafts supplies. Together, families can design their masks or headpieces around a group theme—like these old-world French aristocrats—in which each person is one part of the collective costume.
They are great for if you're short on time, too: You can create a last-minute Halloween costume using our clip-art and templates, supplementing with makeup and craft supplies. It's a look that is effortlessly wearable from a daytime party in the office to an evening soirée among friends, which you can slip on and off as the hours dwindle into night. All of these ideas are guaranteed to be a hit among trick-or-treaters as you greet them at the door on October 31. Browse our best masks and headpieces, choose your disguise, and join the masquerade.
Giant Paper Faces and Masks
This group of snooty "French aristocrats" would have their noses in the air, according to Tom Krizmanic who conceptualized these masks for the New York Restoration Project's annual Hulaween bash. He gave the masks prominent profiles to define their distinctive personalities. The tagboard heads—glued to baseball caps with the brims removed—make grand impressions but are light enough to be worn comfortably all night. Makeup has the trompe l'oeil effect of transforming faces into extensions of the masks—a glittery "necklace," a mouthful of teeth.
Fascinators come in all colors, shapes, and sizes—but there is one rule of fashion that keeps them en vogue: they must be eye catching. For an easy, last-minute look, add a pop of color to your hair with cheery shades of pink, orange, or any other hue that honeycomb balls or flower fans come in. Remove them from their party store packaging, unfold and fluff them so that they conform to the contour of your head, then secure them in place with bobby pins.
Fringe Paper Wig
This crinkly cotton-candy confection of a wig is a costume unto itself. And a conversation piece: Its base is made from a plastic bag and masking tape—using a cabbage as a wig stand. A pink-tissue fringe drape, made to decorate table edges and doorways, mimics the look of hair (albeit in a very Dr. Seussian way) and can be stapled, taped, and styled in place. Once styled, pull the fringe hair up into a ponytail, secure with elastics, and trim to your desired length. For a double-decker bun, use an extra piece of drape to create a ball.
Make a wise costume in no time. Just glue our beak template to brown frames and add brown and ivory feathers in a winglike pattern.
This four-eyed glasses-based costume is fast and fun, and is a sufficiently understated parrot costume. Glue a yellow beak and add feathers to green eyeglasses frames.
Create a spooky look with a bat headband made from black paper, craft wire, and our bat templates.