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.
Take one striped suit ($59.99; spirithalloween.com) and one fright wig ($16.59; amazon.com), add this Beetlejuice face mask and you have a costume that no one will realize has a built-in safety feature.
You could also build an inexpensive costume around an Incredible Hulk mask by donning a green T-shirt and a pair of cutoff shorts.
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.
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.
Other traditional Halloween costumes and motifs have also made their way onto masks. Scary clowns are a classic.
You can never go wrong with a “Hocus Pocus” homage on Halloween. This mask will instantly transform you into Bette Midler’s iconic character Winifred Sanderson.
Grinning jack-o’-lanterns offer a new — and friendlier! — take on the smiling 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.
This smiling skeleton mask offers a slightly different take on the glow-in-the-dark styles.
For the jump-out-and-get-you set, this mask that says “Boo!” is just for you.
And, if you have a bit of a cheeky bent, this “Resting Witch Face” mask will let people know what your personal protective equipment is hiding.
Identify yourself as the designated candy hander-outer of the house with a candy-themed mask.
For people looking for a more sophisticated look, a gothic-inspired mask is a lovely addition to formalwear.
For those who have the opposite of the Halloween spirit, there’s a mask just for you: “This Is My Halloween Costume” mask.
Disposable masks are also convenient, and plain black ones are thematically appropriate for the darkest of holidays.