Halloween is going to look a little different this year, since traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is too risky (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against it). That doesn’t mean kids can’t dress up and have fun! C’mon, Halloween is on a Saturday this year and there will be a full moon. Mask up, spread out and don’t breathe on anyone outside your household.
You’ll have an easier time convincing the kids to cover their faces if their masks complete their costumes. Rock one of these face-mask-friendly looks, and have a safe Halloween, everyone!
when we were all wearing bandannas as makeshift masks? Easiest costume in the world — just add a checked shirt, a cowboy hat and you’re ready to round up the candy. Yee-haw!
Doctor: Honor the essential workers who have been at the front lines of this pandemic. Doctors are real-life superheroes! You’ll need a medical-looking mask and a (toy) stethoscope, and maybe get your grown-up to make some joyful noise.
DIY custom mask: Use a plain mask and Crayola fabric markers to draw your own fully customized design to match your costume. The sky’s the limit here! You’ll need an adult’s help to roll over the back with a hot iron, or toss it in the dryer on high heat to make your drawing colorfast.
Firefighter: Firefighters have intense jobs, so their bunker gear is serious stuff: a helmet with a visor, turnout coats and pants, an air tank, thick boots, heavy gloves, a fire-resistant hood. All that protective equipment can easily weigh 50 pounds. Your junior firefighters can’t manage that much gear yet, but they can pull up a neck gaiter to cover their noses and mouths.
Ninja: Find your path. Become yourself. Put on a black face mask and bust out all your best ninja moves.
Masks have come a long way since we were cutting up old T-shirts and looping hair elastic around our ears. Here are a few designs to complete your Halloween look:
Bear: Old Navy has by far the most affordable masks we’ve found, and super fun creature patterns. Designs include a rabbit, duck, shark and dinosaur. Add a hoodie and ears and you’re good to go! Of all the masks we tried, these fit my 5-year-old the best. ($9.50 for a three-pack, including a mesh laundry bag, oldnavy.com)
Harry Potter: A color-changing Marauder’s Map mask is the perfect face covering for the boy who lived. It starts out a dark gray, and the map reveals itself as you breathe on it. This Etsy find is a splurge, but it is so cool. Mischief managed! ($25.60, etsy.com/listing/848647107)
Mickey Mouse: Add a pair of ears, a black shirt and red shorts to this Disney character face mask, and you’ve got an instant Mickey Mouse. ($19.99 for a four-pack, shopdisney.com/face-masks)
Pumpkin: Check out Crayola’s super spooky set of Halloween face masks. There’s a witch, a mummy, a vampire, a ghost, but our favorite is the gaptoothed jack-o’-lantern smile. These masks run small (get the teen/adult size if you’re on the fence), but we liked that the ear loops are adjustable. ($29.99 for a pack of five, includes mesh laundry bag, schoolmaskpack.com)
Puppy: Cubcoats makes the cutest animal hoodies that transform into a stuffie, with matching face masks for an instant costume. This isn’t a throwaway polyester costume; it’s an outfit you’ll actually be able to wear for the months to come. ($12.50 for a two-pack, cubcoats.com)