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Hannibal Lecter Halloween Mask

Updated on August 16, 2017

The Silence of the Lambs

Some people might think that I have a strange sense of humor, and sometimes I actually think I do too. Recently I had to undergo radiation to the right side of my neck. In order to do so I had to be fitted for a mask to wear. The purpose of the mask was to make sure that I didn't move while being radiated. When radiation is done they must get within one millimeter of where the radiation will hit.

When I was first fitted for the mask I was told that if I wanted to, I could take the mask home with me once all treatments were completed. This got me thinking about how cool this would be for Halloween.

If you've ever seen the movie "The Silence of the Lambs", you'll remember that Hannibal Lecter had to wear a mask so that he couldn't bite people. Every time I had a radiation treatment and would see the mask, I couldn't help but think of Anthony Hopkins.

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Trick or Treat?

What fun you could have wearing this to a Halloween party, or perhaps wear it to scare the heck out of everyone that comes to your door on Halloween.

For Hannibal Fans - How you can dress up like him for Halloween this year.

Silence of The Lambs

This movie won 5 academy awards. Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Writing.

Remember this part of the movie? - Still gives me the chills when I watch it.

Other Ways to Dress Up This Mask

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Black hat with attachable scarf.Drape a scarf over the head and shoulders.Ball cap and scarf.
Black hat with attachable scarf.
Black hat with attachable scarf.
Drape a scarf over the head and shoulders.
Drape a scarf over the head and shoulders.
Ball cap and scarf.
Ball cap and scarf.

Other Ideas

Another way I've though of using this mask is to set it up on a broomstick, drape a white sheet around the head (leaving the face exposed) and neck so that it hangs to the floor, making it look like a ghost. This could be set up on the front porch of my house to use as a decoration.

So what do you think? Do I have a strange sense of humor?

I like to find something funny in every situation, even in radiation treatments.

Scary & Spooky, or Cute & Fun

What kind of costumes do you prefer?

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Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment to let me know that you were here. - Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @TreasuresBrenda: It sure does :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      Laughter is the best medicine. I know that's not actually true but a sense of humour likely helps at times.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Scarlettohairy: Thank you, I think I'm going to need all the luck I can get.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Good way to make something positive from your medical experience. Good luck to you!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @HealthfulMD: Thanks. I try to find something funny in everything, even situations such as this.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      What a fantastic way to cope with having to get radiation treatments. The dark humor is very common within the medical (and paramedical) communities.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Diana Wenzel: Glad to see there are other people with my sense of humor out there and so glad that you're one of them :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Ruthi: Can't beat it I might as well have some along the way :)

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      It's a hard way to get a costume mask, but I have to admit, I love your sense of Halloween style. It's a fantastic Hannibal Lecterish look. Warped works for me. :-)

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I guess I share your sense of humor as I love your use of the mask for Halloween too!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Lady Lorelei: Glad you added wonderfully to warped :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Ah girl you do have a rather wonderfully warped sense of humor. I so do agree though, and one must recycle of course, so this mask fulfills three functions at once. Treatment, costume, and recycling.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LisaDH: I'll probably end up making the ghost out of the mask, just to see the reactions from it :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @RealHousewife: Thanks! It was fun to fool around with the mask :)

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      He's such a deliciously creepy character. Perfect for Halloween!

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      RealHousewife 4 years ago

      Pretty clever way to upcycle:). I do think the addition of the butterfly is hilarious! Good one!

      I love your sense of humor...I'd say that's turning a negative into a positive! WTG!