Monthly Archives: April 2010

On Stands Now – HorrorHound Issue #23, Featuring Trick or Treat Studios!

Trick or Treat Studios is thrilled to be part of our favorite Horror Magazine, HorrorHound. In the latest issue, #23, Aaron Crowell writes a great article on Trick or Treat Studios titled, A New Hope For Halloween! Introducing Trick or Treat Studios. In the article, Aaron describes our company and interviews President Chris Zephro, Art Director Justin Mabry and Character Designer Eric Pigors.

We want to thank our friends at HorrorHound for this wonderful honor.

Make sure to go to your local news stand and pickup a copy or order it direct from HorrorHound Magazine.

David Hartman And The Characters Of Sideshow Monkey Join Trick or Treat Studios

We are pleased to announce the addition of David Hartman to our Design Team.  Trick or Treat Studios is now the exclusive mask maker for the characters of Sideshow Monkey, a unique line of Zombies, Werewolves and Creatures of the Macabre.

Look for Nail Mouth, sculpted by Justin Mabry, to be available for order soon and other Sideshow creations to join our line of Scary Halloween Masks before Halloween 2010.

Below are some prototype pictures:

New ToxicToons Mask – Toxic Waste Zombie

Uncle Eric Pigors has been working very hard on our latest creation and just delivered the concept drawings for the next mask in our ToxicToons Collection. Joining Gruesome and the rest of our Scary Halloween Masks comes the Toxic Waste Zombie!

This amazing creation will be sculpted by Justin Mabry and will be available soon, so check back often for progress pictures.

My First Haunted House by Eric Pigors

My first monster mask I bought was for Halloween.  I think I was in forth or fifth grade and I bought it from Toys R Us.  I remember there was a big pile of rubber masks in a bin and maybe it was that rubber smell that grabbed me?  Or maybe that skeleton face saying, “hey kid buy me, I want to go Trick or

Funny thing is I don’t even remember if I wore it that Halloween since I don’t have any pictures of me on my way out on my candy trek every Oct 31st.

But here is a picture of me in 7th grade with my mask on a dummy and my brother Brian.  We are in my first spook house we built in my mom’s garage.  You should have seen this pathetic attempt of a haunted house.  A few Haunted Houses in the neighborhood from previous years Trick or Treating inspired me.

The first Haunted House I built had a little cemetery.  I used my boogie boards and wrote RIP on them so they would look like gravestones.  I shoveled in dirt into the garage and some Tree limbs I broke off our tree.  I put an owl lantern on the tree limb and a pumpkin, which I used for light in the cemetery, it didn’t light the area up much.  Which was probably for the best!  Kids seem more scared at stuff they can’t see.

I hid up in the garage rafters and had strings that I’d pull to make ghosts rise from behind the boogie board gravestones.  And one ghost slid down a string to scare the kids (that idea was inspired by the Brady Bunch spooky show episode).  Then they would see my skeleton sitting in a chair.  Also the kids were directed around the haunted house from my brother dressed as an executioner with a hatchet.

Then you came around a corner and there was a few pumpkins all lit up.  Man I’m surprised I didn’t light anything on fire with all the candles I had lit up in there.  Then as my brother took them around the last corner and I would scream and drop a dummy filled with newspapers out of the rafters in the darkness right in front of and sometimes on the kids.

I dropped the dummy in front of one kid and he started crying. I could hear his mom laughing in the background. Then the dumb jocks of the neighborhood came in and pushed over everything thing and punched in the pumpkins and pretty much destroyed the Haunted House.

These days, I still do a little spook house every year in my mom’s garage to kind of bring back that feeling, and give the kids something to look at and remember.  Who knows maybe one day they’ll will grow up and want to do their own Haunted House after seeing mine?

I love monster masks and started buying a lot of them to use as displays in my spook house. I like high quality masks, like those Scary Halloween Masks sold by Trick or Treat Studios, but I will find cheap ones at Kmart time to time that I still use.  Although, all the Kmart masks since rotted away since they were so thin, but it kind of makes them look creepier.

I can’t believe I’m now going to see my art made into Halloween masks!  It’s so exciting since I love Halloween and drawing monster themed art called, TOXICTOONS.  And if I see a kid wearing a Gruesome mask knock on my door this Halloween they are getting a handful of candy and maybe even a signed Toxictoons artbook, so make sure to buy one for your kid!

Uncle Pigors

How To Take Care Of Your Latex Masks From Trick Or Treat Studios

It’s true, latex is a natural fiber that if not cared for properly will rot overtime, but this is something that can be easily avoided by taking a few simple care steps.  In fact, I have latex masks that our over 30 years old and still look brand new.

First thing first, when displaying latex masks in your house, keep them out of direct sun light.  Like most things, direct sun light can wear down colors and heat things to a point where products begin to go back to their original state.  I have plenty of latex masks on display in my living room, which is a very bright room, this is not a problem, because indirect light is fine, but direct sun light can be an issue.  Also, if you don’t display your masks, throw them in a box, I like to use Priority Mail Boxes, and put them in a cool room that isn’t wet or humid.

Now that we’ve got display and storage out of the way, let’s talk about what to do after you wear them.  After a night of rebel rousing in your Scary Halloween Mask from Trick or Treat Studios, you are bound to have transferred some of your sweat and skin oils onto the mask.  Since latex masks won’t absorb the sweat, like foam latex does, simply take a damp sponge or damp paper towel and wipe the mask out.  Let the mask dry and then get yourself some cornstarch.  Some people like to use baby power, but Talc is not very good for your lungs, given that once inhaled, it won’t come out, which always made me wonder why this stuff is marketed for use with babies!  Let’s get back on topic, buy yourself a blush brush from the drug store (or you can steal one from your Mom, wife, girlfriend or personal makeup collection) and lightly dust the inside of your mask.  This will wick all of the water up and keep the inside of the mask nice and dry.  You can also wipe the outside of your mask with a damp cloth if it gets dirty and lightly wipe the hair and restyle it.

Once your done, lightly stuff the inside of the mask with plastic grocery bags, or with my favorite material, cotton fiber that you can buy at a craft store.  This will help the mask keep it’s form.

Again, with a few basic steps, your Trick or Treat Studios Scary Halloween Masks will last for many years to come.

Chris

Why Latex Halloween Mask?

This is a question I get quite a bit, so why not use our new Blog section to answer it.

Obviously there are a lot of options to choose from when deciding what to wear for Halloween and each option has it’s pros and cons, but for us at Trick or Treat Studios, latex was the clear choice.  A lot has to do with the versatility and ease of use of a latex mask, which can be taken on and off in a matter of seconds, but also, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a nice looking mask, that with proper care, will last you 30+ years (a topic for another Blog).  Another cool aspect of a latex mask versus other options is that if you buy one that has eyes sculpted into it, than it has a life of it’s own, even when it’s not being worn.  This was an important aspect that Justin and I considered when we put together Trick or Treat Studios line of full head masks.  We knew that a lot of people like to display their masks in their homes when they are not wearing them and that sculpted eyes would be key to getting the best display impact.  We also considered that a lot of Haunters (an industry that is growing by leaps and bounds) like to use latex masks with sculpted eyes for props and mannequins.  But the single most important aspect that we at Trick or Treat Studios like about latex masks is the nostalgic and vintage look and feel of a good latex mask.  At 40 years old, nothing brings back the feel I had as a kid then throwing on a latex mask that is easy to costume and can quickly be thrown on to sneak up on people and scare the hell out of them.

So what other options are out there.  Probably the number one option is Silicone.  A cool aspect of silicone masks is that they fit very tight, so they typically move with your face.  Now don’t get me wrong, I like Silicone masks, in fact I own two of them, but they have some major drawbacks that always have me running back to my latex masks.  For one thing, they are expensive.  I mean really expensive, the average silicone mask will run you from $500 on the low end to $2,500 on the high end.  Also, they are hot to wear, uncomfortable and can be very fatiguing.  I’ve had a few people at shows tell me that latex masks are hot, but it’s clear to me that they have never worn a silicone mask for more than 5 minutes.  For one thing, silicone doesn’t breath, so plan on sweating heavily and being very hot in it, unlike latex which actually breaths so it is not as hot.  In addition, silicone masks are much heavier than latex masks and over a long night of trick or treating, partying or haunting, they can wear you down.  Also, most eye cuts on silicone masks are cut small to keep exposed flesh to a minimum and when you start sweating, the eye lids will start literally rubbing against your eye ball, something that is incredibly painful.  I remember one Halloween after a night of wearing my Freddy silicon mask, I couldn’t see out of my right eye or clear the redness out of it for almost a week.  Another disadvantage is that silicone masks are very prone to tearing.  You have to be very careful putting them on and off and although most silicone masks have reinforcements around the eyes and mouth, they don’t prevent tearing very well.  I had a friend who went to put his $2,500 silicon mask on and tore the mask from front to back.  Also, it is very difficult to get get rich poppy colors on a silicone mask.  This is a result of the way paint is applied, which requires the painter to mix the colors with silicone and it almost always dulls the color out.  And finally, they look bad on display and sag all over a stand or bust, so after your done wearing it, in the box and closet it goes.

Another option is foam latex.  Although not as movable as silicone masks, foam latex can also move with your face, mostly your mouth.  Like silicone masks, foam latex shares many of the drawbacks of silicon, like being hot and uncomfortable to wear and being prone to tearing, but in my opinion, foam latex has two negative effects that make them an absolute deal breaker of me.  First, since they are very hot to wear, you will sweat heavily in it and this will cause major problems, sweat trapped in the latex pours and smell.  With foam latex you are essentially wearing a sponge, so when you sweat, the sweat gets in the pours and will never come out, which will start the rotting process.  I have owned a few foam latex masks in the past and after wearing it to a party and sweating in it, the mask rotted away in less than a year.  Also after wearing it once, I was never able to get the smell from sweating in it out.  Again, how do you clean a sponge?  In addition, the colors our dull due to paint in the pours and like silicone masks, they look horrible on display.  And finally, they are expensive, plan on paying anywhere from $125 to $250.

So when it came down to deciding on what material Trick or Treat Studios wanted to use for our masks, latex was the clear option.

Make sure to checkout ourScary Halloween Masks at trickortreatstudios.dev!

Chris

New Mummy Mask In The Works!

Mummy Mask by Eric Lubatti - New from Trick or Treat Studios

Mummy Mask by Erich Lubatti - New from Trick or Treat Studios

Things are really busy these days in the Sculpting Room and soon Erich Lubatti will be unveiling his latest creation, Mummy. This mask is ultra realistic and looks like it came straight out of an Egyptian tomb.

Check back soon for more updates, but in the meantime, click here to see some sculpt pictures on Facebook.