Category Archives: Halloween Face Masks

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

Trick or Treat Studios 2011 Mask Catalog is Complete!

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

Trick or Treat Studios Scary Halloween Masks Invade California’s Great America in Santa Clara, CA

Well we just got back from California’s Great America in Santa Clara, CA and let me tell you, it was amazing!  The mazes and scare zones this year are first class.  The shows were outstanding and the event was truly a night to remember.  And, a ton of the monsters (better known as Scare Actors) were wearing Trick or Treat Studios Masks.








Thank you to everyone at California’s Great America for letting us be part of the greatest Halloween event in the world!

Chris

How To Make Your Halloween Mask More Haunt / Prop Friendly

I have been getting quite a few requests from Haunters that want uncut masks.  We have on the production calendar, plans to do a Haunters line which will feature uncut masks and glow in the dark paint, etc., but that won’t happen until sometime next year, so in the mean time, here is a tip that you can use to blacken out the cuts in the mask, specifically, the eye cuts.

This is a tip that was used on a number of the Halloween movies before the days of digital post production so that you didn’t see the actors eyes behind the mask.  This tip translates perfectly to those who want to put their masks on props or, want to hide the Scare Actors eyes.

First go down to your local craft store and buy yourself some black cotton cloth or black netting and some rubber cement.  Depending on your use, Scare Actor (use netting) or prop (cotton cloth), cut out two pieces large enough to cover the eye cuts with about a 1/2″ inch on all side remaining.  Next, flip the mask inside out and apply some rubber cement around the perimeter of the eye cuts.  Rubber cement is also latex based, so it will not hurt the mask in anyway and it’ll stick to the mask.  Cover the eye cuts with the cloth or netting and let it dry.  By the way, if you are going to use the mask for Scare Actors (use the netting) make sure that you let the rubber cement dry for 24 hours, because the fumes from rubber cement are toxic.

And there you have, blacken eyes.

Make sure to checkout Trick or Treat Studios, your place for Scary Halloween Masks.

Till my next idea for the Blog,

Chris

Trick or Treat Studios Featured at California’s Great America Halloween Haunt!

Given that we are such big fans of Cedar Fair Halloween Haunt events, we are thrilled to announce that Trick or Treat Studios will be part of California’s Great America Halloween Haunt 2010!

The Haunt takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7PM till Midnight throughout the month of October. Look for our masks on the Scare Actors within the mazes and Scare Zones.

For more information on this amazing Halloween event, click here.

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 “

How To Make Your Halloween Mask Fit Perfectly – Part 2

After writing the first Blog based on how to make you Halloween mask fit perfectly, a few more things came to me that I wish I wrote in the first round.  As a result, I decided to add them in Part 2 to the original Blog.

First, the eye cuts.  Although we like small eye cuts and sculpted eyes in our masks, there are a lot of people that like their own eyes totally exposed.  So if you like the design of a mask, but it has sculpted eye, don’t worry, you can still pick up the mask, all you have to do is cut the eyes out.  Don’t worry, it’s easy.  If this is something you want to do, start with a small and sharp pair of scissors.  Next, find the sculpt lines of the eyes and start cutting them out.  Make sure to take your time and try and cut in one smooth motion, in other words, don’t lift the scissors and start cutting again and again, this will cause jagged edges, which can only be corrected with a dremel.

Next, lets talk about the mouth.  Similar to eyes, some people like to have the mouth slit open, so that they can get mouth movement when they talk or can drink through the mask’s mouth.  This is easy to do as well and will also require a small and sharp pair of scissors.  Again, find the sculpt line of the mask and cut the line where the lips come together.  Now since the mouth will now open when you talk, it is important to make sure the cut won’t run, so I recommend you cut a small semi circle at the end of each cut, or use a very small hole puncher.

Finally, the hair.  We choose the hair type, color and style that we think looks best on our masks, but maybe you prefer something different.  Lets start with the color.  If you don’t like the color, it can be easily changed by finding some good color hair spray at your local costume store and carefully spray it onto the hair.  It is usually a good idea to cover the mask with paper to prevent getting hair dye on the mask.  Next the hair type.  If you want to change the type of hair that is on the mask, the first thing you must do is take the hair off the mask.  To do this you need to carefully and slowly pull the hair off the mask.  Start at the hair line and go slow.  Alternatively, you can cut the hair to the base of the mask and place the new hair on top.  If you also want to change the hair color, either buy the hair in the color you like, or dye the hair before you apply it to the mask.  You can use hot glue, tacky glue, latex rubber or rubber cement to apply the new hair to the mask.  Finally if you just don’t like the style of the hair, you can brush and style to your liking and use hair spray to keep the style.  Again, apply the hair spray carefully and try not to get it on the mask.

Hope this helps.

And remember, visit us at Trick or Treat Studios to see our full line of Halloween Masks.

Chris

Aaron Lewis Unleashes His Newest Creation – The Fiend

We are happy to announce that Aaron Lewis has unleashed another amazing Face Mask to our collection of Scary Halloween Masks, The Fiend.

We will be accepting pre-orders soon and The Fiend will be shipping in time for Halloween 2010!

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.