Masked Celebrations - Halloween
The mask is the final touch to complete your costume. The mask completes the identity of the character being masqueraded for a party or parade event. It may cover the eyes, half face, or full facial.
Halloween allows for your choice of costume. It can be anything from being a hobo to being a monster or a science fiction character.
Halloween costumes are emerging into the cosplay events, parties, and parades. People enjoy these events because of the fun in creating and making their costumes. They take a great deal of pride in their workmanship to duplicate or create a different version of a character that they like or idolize.
Mardi Gras mimics masks from Venice, Italy or the Venetian celebration which has people wearing elaborate masks made of porcelain or paper mache to hide their identity. One idea behind this celebration was to allow all people regardless of their social or financial standing in the community to be able to greet and meet anyone of their choosing. The masks may be worn for the carnival for weeks or in some cases the individual may choose to wear his or her mask for months.
DIY and Commercial Masks
Both diy and commercial masks are made from textiles, paper, paper mache, wax, clay, porcelain, wood, plastics, plaster, rubber, aluminum, bronze, copper, and plastics. Construction may be simple or very intricate depending on the type of mask.
Masks are adorned with paints, feathers, jewels, trims, and various other trinkets.
The first three masks described in this article would be considered entertainment masks. However, there are working masks, war, safety, sports, and realistic masks such as the death mask.
As a hobby it can be confusing as to what type of mask you wish to make. The first will always be one that was designed for personal use. This is usually for entertainment purposes. But you may be inspired by other designs..
Fantasy or Realistic
Read more about Face Masks for Halloween and Other Costumed Events.