Monthly Archives: January 2011

Adjusting Eye Cuts On Your Halloween Masks For Perfect Visibility

So when we were at the Halloween Expo in Houston I ran into a very good customer and asked him for some feedback and he mentioned that some customers said that the eye cuts could be a little bigger on some of the designs with sculpted eyes.  So I thought I’d discuss this topic in our Blog one more time.

Eye cuts, aka view slits, are a really big challenge for mask companies like Trick or Treat Studios that have a number of designs with sculpted eyes in the masks.  And let me say this, we like masks with sculpted eyes here at Trick or Treat Studios because it really opens up the possibilities for the use of the mask.  People can display their masks year round if they have eyes sculpted into them because they look alive with the eyes.  Also, sculpted eyes allow people to use the mask on mannequins and props for their yards, houses or Haunts.  But the decision on how big to cut the view slits on those masks that have sculpted eyes is a difficult one because three possible outcomes can result depending on how big the view slits are, and believe me, I’ve heard them all!  First, if we cut them too big, people say that the view slits are too big and everyone sees their eyes, ruining the scary effect.  Second, if the view slits are too small, than you get the “I can’t see out of the mask” comment.  And third, there is the, “can you sell them to us without the eye cuts,” but that usually comes from the Haunters who want to put the masks on props.

The best solution as far as we are concerned, and the one we go with here at Trick or Treat Studios is to err on the side of caution and cut the view slits small.  Why is this the best solution?  Because if the view slits are too small for the wearer, they can be cut, versus too big which is permanent, because you can’t add latex to a cured mask.

I’m not a sculptor, but I can say that making the view slits bigger is very easy to do.  All you need to do is get a sharp pair of small scissors and trim the view slits a small amount at a time until you can see perfectly out of the mask.

I hope this helps all of you that were tentative to buy a mask because you couldn’t see that well out of the mask when you tried it on at the store.  Remember, this is a very easy fix, cut the view slits larger.  Remember, we design the masks so that you have that option to expand the view slits verses cutting them too big, which offers you no solution.

Thanks for reading, and make sure to checkout our new 2011 lineup of Scary Halloween Masks!

Chris

Justin Mabry Delivers An Amazing New Toxictoon, Fang!

As mentioned in previous news announcements, 2011 is going to be a big year for our Eric Pigors Toxictoons lineup. This time, our Art Director Justin Mabry, who brought us Gruesome, gives us his take on Fang. This amazing Toxictoon comes directly out of Unkle Pigor’s Cryptic Art Book complete with stitches, skull bone and fangs

Fang will be available for pre-order in late January and will be shipping in August, so make sure to check the Full Head Masks section of our Products page and guarantee your copy today.

Trick or Treat Studios 2011 Mask Catalog is Complete!

Just thought everyone might want to see our 2011 catalog, enjoy:

John Wrightson Delivers An Amazing Vampire For 2011 – Night Creature!

In keeping with our tradition of bringing back the retro look and feel from the golden age of mask making, John Wirghtson brings us a true classic version of a vampire with a modern twist, Night Creature. This is not your cute Twilight Vampire, this is a true monster that will scare pants off those that encounter it.

This is John Wrightson’s second mask for Trick or Treat Studios and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

Night Creature will be available for pre-order in late January and will be shipping in August, so make sure to check the Face Mask section of our Products page and reserve your copy today.

And for more, Scary Halloween Masks, visit trickortreatstudios.dev.

Erich Lubatti Turns In Another Frightful Face Mask For 2011 – Belinda!

Inspired by one of our all time favorite face masks from Knott’s Berry Farm’s Halloween Haunt,Belinda comes to Trick or Treat Studios.

Erich originally sculpted Belinda for the amazing Scare Actor Jill. With her straw hat, dirty dress, stuffed rabbit and her mask, Jill is hands down the creepiest Scare Actor in the park. With Jill’s mask in mind, Erich sculpted a perfectly insiped face mask for us.

Belinda will be available for pre-order in late January and will be shipping in August, so make sure to check the Face Mask section of our Products page and reserve your copy today.

And for more, Scary Halloween Masks, visit trickortreatstudios.dev.

Neal Kennemore Joins Trick or Treat Studios and Debuts With Ol’ Scratch!

We are absolutely giddy to have the amazing Neal Kennemore be part of our sculpting team!

Neal is a third generation sculptor working in the Film, TV, Halloween and Collectable industry. Born in Burbank, CA at Saint Joseph Hospital, right across the street from Disney Animation Studios.

Neal’s bloodline in sculpting started with his Grandfather, the legendary Disney and Creature FX Sculptor and Designer Michael McCracken. Followed by his Father, the well known Creature FX Sculptor Jeff Kennemore, whose sculpting work was featured in John Carpenter’s The Thing, Twilight Zone: The Movie, and Poltergeist II, just to name a few.

Neal has built an excellent resume in his own right, which includes working in films and television for projects like Beowulf, The Flock, Epic Movie, Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove, Night Stalker and TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

And like his buddy John Wrightson,we also love Neal for the incredible work he does at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights each year!

Neal’s first mask, Ol’ Scratch will be making it’s debut at The Halloween & Party Expo in Houston, TX, and will be available for preorder at the end of January, so check back soon!

Erich Lubatti Delivers Another Original Mask to Trick or Treat Studios – Chiller!

Being one our most prolific artist, Erich Lubatti just delivered another Masterpiece for our 2011 catalog, Chiller.

This amazing Zombie escapes from the vault just in time for the Trade Show season and will be available for pre-order in late January and will be shipping in early August.

Make sure to check the Full Head Masks section of our Products page and reserve your copy today.

And for more, Scary Halloween Masks, visit trickortreatstudios.dev.

Aaron Lewis Hits Another Home Run with Eric Pigors Toxictoons ROT!

We’re expanding our line of Eric Pigors Toxictoons big time in 2011. And given that the Trade Show season is right around the corner, we’re thrilled to start seeing the new masks come flowing out of the sculpting rooms.

First up this year is ROT. This amazing Toxictoons comes directly Unkle Pigor’s Cryptic Art Bookand brought to the 3rd dimension by our own Aaron Lewis.

ROT will be available for pre-order in late January and will be shipping in August, so make sure to check the Full Head Masks section of our Products page and reserve your copy today.

And for more, Scary Halloween Masks, visit trickortreatstudios.dev.