A big part of the success of Halloween is the masks that are used to create the desired kind of effect
At the start of October, you will likely find lots of spooky decorations, costumes and props at various retail outlets, specialty and Dollar stores. This is a clear sign that many people love Halloween - the festival that is being celebrated at the end of the month.
It's during the Halloween festivities that you can be anything or anyone you want to be; go out to celebrate the occasion; have fun with friends and family or stay at home and welcome those who'll be visiting you for tricks or treats.
In the past many people spent more than a small fortune on their Halloween costumes and decor, but in today's economic climate it makes sense to economize, spend wisely, make your costumes where possible, and perhaps finish it off with environmentally-friendly make-up or face paint, hats and masks. If this is the first time you're including masks with the costumes for your family members, it would probably be best if you keep these simple and convenient to wear.
It's also a good idea to have the children in on the choosing or making of masks. Some masks, such as the latex types, that look very real can indeed be also very scary. As much as you'll be wanting to scare your neighbors and friends, you don't want shrieking children who become terrified after seeing the masks. I'd opt for taking the kids to the store if buying masks, so they can choose the kinds that they are comfortable with.
In choosing Halloween masks, you'll have in mind what or who your (or your family member's) main aim or character is. This will make it easier for you to decide what kind of masks will best fit your mood come October 31. What also needs to be considered is the family budget, the age-appropriate costumes for your children, and the ease with which you'll be able to assemble perhaps ore than a few costumes on the day - and then still apply all the finishing touches.
Wearing masks eliminates the need for wearing face-paint of make-up, unless of course you plan on removing your mask after a short while.
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