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Halloween Skull Masks

Updated on February 8, 2016

Meet Junior, an Expert Halloweener

Hi, It's me. Junior. I was at Squidoo Man's party. If you missed it, you can read all about it on the Halloween Party at Squidoo Man's lens.

My friends and I are experts when it comes to masks, especially Skull masks. So we are going to give you a little skull mask lesson.

What do you do if you don't want someone to recognize you? What if you want to change your appearance? Or you don't want to wear makeup? Then put on a mask. A mask is an object you wear on your face. It can be used to disguise yourself or for entertainment purposes.

I'm going to show you my favorite Skull Mask. And then I will introduce you to some of my closest buddies. They will continue your education on skull masks and show you their favorite Skull Masks.

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A Mask with a Moving Jaw

I love this skull mask. I wore it to Bones''s wedding a few years ago. He's my cousin, but he had no idea who I was with the mask on. And I was his Best Man! To make matters worse, his bride-to-be started flirting with me. Boy did my cousin get pissed. There were bones flying everywhere. He almost called off the wedding. Thankfully, my wife came by and straightened everything out. Of course she doesn't allow me to wear a skull mask to weddings anymore.

Zagone Studios Men's Death, Gray, Adult One Size
Zagone Studios Men's Death, Gray, Adult One Size

This mask fits snugly on your head. The mask lines are almost seamless and the details of the mask are well done. The jaw moves when you speak. The fabric is comfortable and breathable. It's flexible and durable. If there are any "wardrobe malfunctions", a hot glue gun will fix it right up. It's a little pricey but worth it if you are looking for an authentic spooky effect.

 

Meet Bones, My Cousin and the Best Looking Guy in the Family

All the girls in his school had a picture of him on their wall.

I was known as the Lady Killer - literally and figuratively - when I was younger. My mother used to tell me it was a shame I was a boy because I had the nicest bone structure that all the girls envied. I always had a date on Saturday night. I'd take them to the spa where they had acid baths This is where you could have your skin melted off your bones. Unfortunately, my dates didn't always wake up on Sunday morning. They would stand too close to the vat to get a good look and I couldn't resist the urge to push them in.

What can I tell you about masks. Let's see. The word mask appears in English around 1530. It possibly comes from the Middle French word masque, which means "to cover your face to hide or guard it". Or it might be based on the Spanish phrase mas que la cara, which is literally "more than the face".

Check out my favorite mask. I'm so proud of it.

Zombie Skulls - A High School Project

We had a latex project I when I was in High School Art class. I decided to make a Zombie Skull mask with this rotting stringy looking stuff hanging down. I made it look really evil with pointy teeth. And then I put horns on its forehead and chin.

Meet Widow Peak, the Husband Killer

He loves to scare you to death

Widow Peak here. My friend Bones might be the Lady Killer, but I prefer to kill their husbands and keep the ladies for myself. My name is actually Wade, but because of my reputation, everyone calls me Widow. I'd love to stay and chat, but I have to get to the dentist. I have ordered a special carving on one of my incisors. It's done with a sander. Have you heard of that? It's the latest fad. It has surpassed piercings in popularity. My girlfriends say it tickles them when I bite them with my carved teeth. Sometimes they think I'm really a vampire and not a skull.

I studied masks when I was in school but I wasn't the best student. I remember a little bit of what I learned. Masks are found in many cultures. African tribes use them for religious ceremonies. They are used as disguises in Masquerade Balls and Mardi Gras. The Greeks and Romans used them for theater performances. Native Americans use them in ritual dances. But, you might ask, where do we get Skull Masks from? And why are they so popular on Halloween?

Want to see my favorite mask? Just look at what follows:

The Vampire Skull

I love this mask because the teeth have great incisors - just like a vampire. Creepy, creepy, creepy.

Vampire Skull Overhead Mask
Vampire Skull Overhead Mask

This is a full over the head mask made of latex. Some of the masks don't have eye holes so you can customize them yourself.

 

Meet Buzz

Hi. I'm Buzz. I'm Junior's neighbor. I work as the doorman at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Creepville. Do you like my uniform? It's one of the perks of my job. In my free time I like to make Halloween jewelry. Do you see the chain around my neck? It weighs over 25 pounds. It is a real load. After a while you feel cranky and want to rage at everyone. I remember a couple of Halloween's ago I was wearing a piece of jewelry like this one. My back hurt so much, I thought I was going to kill someone. It is a great item to get you in the scary mood you want for Halloween.

This is what I know about skulls. Skulls represents death and mortality. People get to know other people by looking into their eyes. This is probably why skulls are scarier than skeletons because a skulls eyes are "dead". Some people see skulls as a symbol of mortality beyond death. Even Shapespeare's Hamlet speaks to a skull as if he's speaking to his friend Yorick.

This Mask is All It's Cracked Up to Be!!! - Ha ha ha

Do you like a mask that moves when you talk? Well, I do. The jaw moves when you talk. It'll certainly get you in the door of any Halloween party

Fractured Skull Mask Adult Accessory
Fractured Skull Mask Adult Accessory

This is a very durable mask and it fits very well. It looks like the real thing, which makes it more scary.

 

Meet Whiskers

He'll sweep you off your feet and scare you to death!

My name is Whiskers. You might have heard of me from the local papers. Last Halloween, I went out with my buddies to scare the trick or treaters. We really scared them all right. We had bugs crawling through my our sockets, That was so cool. And then we would rearrange the bones in our faces. Ha ha ha. You should have seen them running away and screaming. Ah, those were the days!

Should I tell you something about skull masks? They probably came from the Latin American culture. The Aztecs believed that human skulls were spoils of war. The Native ceremonies in Latin America merged with Christian rituals. One of these combinations because All Souls Day or Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This is one of the most popular carnivals in Mexico today. It is closely related to Halloween in that it is celebrated on November 1st. A symbol of this holiday are skull-shaped masks called calacas.

A Plain Skull Mask

You don't need anything extraordinary to make yourself scary. This is a plain skull mask and works just as well as any other skull mask. You must remember that it is the attitude that makes you scary more than the mask itself. R

Meet The Shrink

You don't need to see a psychiatrist to know that this guy is scary!!!

So now you know all about Skull masks. If you have any questions, please let me know. I would love to discuss your skull mask fears, phobias and fetishes. There's nothing to be ashamed of. We all have something to hide. That's what keeps me in business.

I do have a little bit to add to your knowledge of masks. The word mask appears in English around 1530. It possibly comes from the Middle French word masque, which means "to cover your face to hide or guard it". Or it might be based on the Spanish phrase mas que la cara, which is literally "more than the face".

Skull N' Bones - Show it Like it Is - Shrink Loves to See Into Your Head

This mask brings out the real you. That's always a good thing, especially from this shrink's point of view.

Cryptic Cadavers Skull 'N' Bone Mask PVC
Cryptic Cadavers Skull 'N' Bone Mask PVC

This is a full headed mask that is a little large, but anyone can wear it by using some air bags. You can't really tell you are wearing a mask.

 

Skulls are scary, especially when they come alive. Watch out for trick or treaters in skull masks. You don't know whose hiding behind it.

Interested in Meeting My Friends? - Or would you rather just buy the mask and skip the introductions?

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      Debra Lobel 

      5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks. I had a fun time writing it.

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      WriterJanis2 

      5 years ago

      What a fun and creative lens. Fantastic job!

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