Halloween Masks Halloween Costumes And Makeup - How To Find A Halloween Costume Idea
Halloween night would not be complete without some spectacularly scary Halloween costumes.
The first question that any kid often asks when they wake up the day after Halloween is, "Where is all my Halloween candy?" and this is quickly followed by, "What am I going to dress up as next year?"
The anticipation of dressing up in a spooky costume and Halloween mask gets everybody excited.
The biggest thrill of Halloween has got to be transforming yourself into a monster, ghost, ghoul, vampire, witch, or other freaky Halloween costume characters.
Of course, the most outrageous Halloween costumes are the best.
Where Did Halloween Costumes and Masks Originate?
Where did wearing Halloween masks and costumes actually start? So how did wearing a costume and mask for Halloween start? With the Celts. They held the belief that the spirits of the dead roamed the earth on Halloween night.
Some of these spirits were amicable, but others were thought to be unfriendly and bitter towards those people who were still living and able to enjoy the fruits of the earth that the spirits once did.
To camouflage themselves from these bad spirits, the Celts used soot to paint their faces.
This basic method of disguising their faces developed, over time, into the more elaborate Halloween masks and accompanying Halloween costumes that are worn today.
It also became traditional to emulate the frightening spirits by dressing up as ghosts or skeletons.
Tips and Suggestions for Halloween Costumes
There are literally hundreds of different types of Halloween costumes available today.
Choosing the perfect one depends on two criteria - the first being which Halloween character you want to become, and the second being how much you are prepared to spend.
One way to get an idea of just what types of Halloween masks and costumes there are available, and to help you to narrow down the huge choice is to search the Internet.
There are plenty of low-cost Halloween costumes, some funny ones, and also those that are extremely elaborate and cost hundreds of dollars.
It is worth bearing in mind that you can transform a relatively plain Halloween costume quite easily by using face paints and even add a pair of spooky Halloween contact lenses.
Creating your own Halloween costume is also fairly simple and you can make one from anything that you have available. It needn't cost a fortune or take a lot of time and effort either.
All you really need is to come up with an idea for a Halloween costume and take it from there. Everyday items and imaginatively applied makeup can create some awesome effects.
Hints and Tips for Halloween Makeup
Halloween makeup can sometimes be more effective than a Halloween mask. It really depends on the effect that you want to achieve, and how much money you want to spend.
Halloween makeup can cost less, as well as being more safe for kids when they are out trick or treating, as it does not obscure their sight. You can achieve some amazing effects with Halloween makeup too.
You can buy Halloween makeup kits or use the same type of grease paints that actors use in the theater, with lots of wonderful colors that are easy to apply, and easy to remove.
A low cost alternative is to use normal makeup, such as blush, eyeliner, eye shadow and lipstick. Water-based paint is also a great option, especially if you have had trouble finding a costume.
You can create your own scary face with very little effort, and can wear any clothes you want to. This works particularly well if you paint yourself up to look like a zombie, or other creature that has risen from the dead.
Your face paints will acts as a mask, and will turn any clothes into a Halloween costume, including your everyday ones.
Tips and Tricks for Halloween Masks
There is something magical about a Halloween mask that makeup does not quite achieve. This is because they can instantly change you into someone, or something, else.
Masks have been worn since ancient times to enable people to adopt a new identity, and for worshipping different Gods and spirits.
You can buy a wide variety of Halloween masks via the Internet, ranging from terrifying vampires and witches to more mythical creatures, such as fairies, or even caricatures of famous people.
For something a little different, you can create your very own masquerade style mask to compliment a costume by dressing up a plain face mask.
All you need is some glue, and you can add anything you want to it, such as beads or even items that you find in your garden, like flowers and leaves, for a truly unique Halloween mask.
If you want to make a Venetian style bird mask, you can add feathers and a beak. The Celts wore bird masks during their Samhain festival too.
Daryl Plaza is a regular contributor to SpookyNite.com a Halloween informational site to help you with your ideas for your Halloween costumes and party themes so you can plan the perfect Halloween party.