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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

How To Make Your Scary Halloween Mask Shine!

For those of you wanting to make your mask a little more shiny or wet looking around the eyes and mouth, our own Justin Mabry wrote up a little secret tip:

“This is the old tried and true technique that the legendary Rick Baker developed.  It was also passed through the years to many fantastic mask companies through the 80’s and 90’s.
To achieve a wet look to eyes or mouth, you will need to go to the hardware store or art supply and get 5-minute epoxy.  Devcon 5-minute epoxy is most commonly used for this.  I use “Devcon” and “Extreme Power”, both can be found at Hobby Lobby see photo)  Get a pack of those cheap artist brushes to apply it (see photo).
I prefer to mix the 2 equal parts in small mouthwash cups (like Solo or Dixie).  I mix the 1part A and 1part B with the back end of the brush.
Remember to work fast – it sets in 5 minutes.
Brush it on where you want, preferably eyes.  It has a slight flex, but be careful not to crack it.  You may want to test it on an old mask or some scrap rubber, because once it’s on it’s not coming off without taking paint with it.
Remember to always use this or any chemical in a well ventilated area.  Read the package for any other precautions.
Good Luck!
Justin “

Waking the Dead – The Story Behind the Mummy Masks by Erich Lubatti

When Justin and I were discussing what my next sculpture should be, he brought up an entire list of options: Vampire, Werewolf, Skull, Zombie, and a Mummy. A Mummy?! That’s it! My mind began racing backwards in time to when I first saw the “Amazing Stories” episode called, “Mummy Daddy”. The lead character in the show, an actor playing a mummy in a fictitious movie being shot in a southern swamp, would be my main inspiration for this next mask.

But, “Mummy Daddy” was not my only inspiration. Jack Pierce’s mummy makeup on Boris Karloff also played into the design; admittedly, only subconsciously. You won’t see a whole lot of Karloff in our Mummy mask. Mostly, I looked to real mummies from around the world as my reference. Egyptian and South American mummies, specifically. The gauntness, the skin stretched so tight it looks like it could just tear from the slightest breeze, the leathery coloring of what once was supple skin. That’s what I wanted to convey in this new mask! That was my goal.
I also wanted to give the mask a real sense of life, a life beyond death! Real mummies do not have eyes. But, this one is supernatural. So, I could take artistic license with it. Besides, the best way to convey life in a lifeless object is to give it eyes. So, I gave him a single blazing eyeball to simulate his reawakening.

So, that’s basically how I came up with our Mummy. For me, it’s a very fun mask that combines both realistic and stylized elements into one character. I hope everyone enjoys this mask as much as I did making it!

Make sure to checkout the Mummy Masksand the rest of our Scary Halloween Masks at trickortreatstudios.dev.

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