These masks make face coverings less scary and more fun! 😷
By this point, your little one has probably had plenty of practice wearing a face mask in public — but as all parents know, getting kids to keep them on can be a challenge. But Halloween may be the one time kids are actually excited to wear 'em, since a spooky-fun cloth face mask can be an integral feature of your kid's Halloween costume. There are so many great themed Halloween face masks being made for kids this year, whether they feature a classic Halloween theme, a favorite superhero, or a cute animal.
If you're planning a night of trick-or-treating for your child — or, if you're planning on inviting a few family or friends into your home for a Halloween party — you and your child should be properly wearing a face mask. This is especially true if you will spend time in close contact with anyone who doesn't live with you, even if you stay outside: "Parents should make sure their kids' costumes have masks incorporated into them," says Sandra Kesh, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and the deputy medical director at New York's Westmed Medical Group. "And if the mask doesn't look appropriate for facial coverings in public based on federal recommendations, meaning there's holes or the masks' structural integrity is questionable, parents may want to add a cloth mask as an additional layer of protection for their kids and the community."
Note that cloth-based face masks aren't as efficient in air filtration as medical-grade respirators like N95 masks, but they provide a barrier between your child and other children in the vicinity in case someone is unknowingly sick. A mask can help to trap infectious airborne droplets and particles that can impact others in close contact, which is crucial for children, as recent research published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that children can carry SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in their noses and throats for weeks even if they show no symptoms, according to data collected in South Korea.
Help your kids' make this the best Halloween it can be with a fun costume idea complete with one of these cloth-based masks. Textile experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute have analyzed dozens of cloth-based face masks made in kids' sizes. These picks are all designed to easily fit into an existing Halloween costume, are made to fit snugly against your child's nose and mouth and will keep up with them as they hit the trick-or-treating route this Halloween.