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The Pros And Cons Of Halloween Masks

Jan 27, 2008
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.

Better than anything else, a mask hides who you are. But whether that's important is up to you. Some masks hide your face and head. Others cover only a part of your face. But wearing any mask makes it tricky to identify you. Face paints can disguise you but not as well as a mask.

Wearing a mask is easy. Painting your face takes time and skill, and might need a touch up throughout the night. Put on a mask and off you go. Wear a mask with black pants and a black top and you're all set. One of the cheapest costumes you can buy is a mask.

Of course there are some dangers to wearing a mask. Not wearing a mask properly can lead to problems. Check that you can breathe clearly through both your mouth and nose, and that you it doesn't cover your eyes. Try on the mask and make sure it's right for you. And of course, take it off when driving 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, a Halloween mask can be costly. Fancy masks can cost a lot even if it's the main part of your costume. Remember, you can make a great costume from the contents of your closet for free. But if a mask is what you want, make sure you budget for it.

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.
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