These masks are a great costume idea all on their own! 🙌
Sure, we've been wearing masks all year, but Halloween is the one holiday during the novel coronavirus pandemic where wearing a face mask makes more sense than ever. You probably already own a mini collection of cloth-based face masks by now, either made by hand or simply accumulated through lots of online shopping. But retailers are busy creating fun, whimsical and seriously spooky face masks for Halloween that will make any health concerns around gathering in public spaces less frightening. Buying a Halloween face mask is a must for anyone who is planning on a new kind of celebration this year (whether that's a quarantine-friendly Halloween celebration or a trip to a beloved fall foliage destination).
Before you ask: Yes, you should absolutely be wearing a face mask this Halloween, particularly if you decide to spend time outside of your home with people you don't live with, or inside your home with visitors. "The best thing you can do to reduce your risk is to limit your interaction with others as much as possible… Make sure you and your kids are wearing face coverings that cover the nose and mouth," advises Molly Hyde, MHS, CIC, an infection control practitioner in Maryland-based GBMC Healthcare. "If you [plan to] hand out candy in person, make sure you are wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth when giving out candy."
While cloth-based masks aren't as protective as traditional medical-grade respirators like N95 masks, they work to prevent those who may be sick with COVID-19 from spewing infectious droplets into the air and onto surfaces around them. Also keep in mind that wearing a mask is just one precaution you should take this Halloween — you'll also need to maintain social distance, keep your hands as clean as possible, and of course, stay in pedestrian-friendly areas while out and about in the dark.
Below, we've pulled a collection of cloth masks that will add a safe touch to the Halloween costume you've already picked out — or maybe even help inspire a new Halloween costume idea. With the help of Lexie Sachs, the Good Housekeeping Institute's Textiles Director, we've analyzed dozens of reusable and disposable face masks that are aesthetically designed for the upcoming season. These picks are made with breathable, functional materials, are sure to fit snugly against your nose and mouth and will complete any Halloween look during the pandemic.