13 Cute and Creepy Halloween Face Masks for Kids That Will Also Protect Them
While Halloween costume masks can’t protect against the coronavirus, you can buy festive cloth coverings that do. Check out our favorite creepy, fun, and eccentric Halloween face masks for COVID-19 times.
We don't know exactly what Halloween will look like this year, but we can count on COVID-19 safety measures still being in place. Think social distanced trick-or-treating, plenty of hand sanitizer, and all children aged 2 and older wearing face masks in public in accordance with current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Wondering if Halloween costume masks—whether it’s a cloth face covering or a plastic headpiece—can protect against COVID-19? The answer, according to experts, is no. “Masks that don’t meet stated criteria from the CDC are not appropriate face masks,” says Belinda Dao, M.D., a CHOC Children’s pediatrician.
“Protective masks should cover your child’s nose and mouth, be secure under their chin, and fit snugly against the sides of their face,” adds Marnie Granados, M.D., a CHOC Children’s pediatrician. Halloween costume masks are not meant to be protective, adds Sarah Fankhauser, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology and infectious disease expert at Oxford College of Emory University. Because of this, they can’t be guaranteed to filter out COVID-causing particles.
But what if your child refuses to leave the house without their Spiderman face covering or plastic Elsa mask? “I would recommend wearing a cloth mask under the Halloween mask, especially if the child will be in a crowded area,” advises Dr. Fankhauser. “Perhaps a fun alternative could be a special-design cloth mask that can complement the costume.”
Here are a few of our favorite Halloween face mask options for kids:
2. Spider Web Face Mask
Not only does this cotton face mask have a cool spider web design, it also glows in the dark. A variety of size options ensures a perfect fit for your child.
4. Halloween Skeleton Mask
Calling all lovers of The Nightmare Before Christmas! This mask resembles Jack Skellington, the patron spirit of Halloween.
7. Dinosaur Smile Mask
Rawr! Get ready to scare your neighbors with this dinosaur-themed Halloween mask.
10. Shark Face Masks
Whether your child is fascinated by Jaws or avoids the ocean altogether, this face mask will bring any shark costume to the next level. Just look at those sharp teeth!
11. Pixar Face Masks
From Monsters Inc. to Toy Story, these Pixar face masks might display your child’s favorite character. (Note: Reviews say these masks run small.)
13. Pirate Face Shield
After donning this full-face mask shield for Halloween, your child will probably start talking like a pirate. Ahoy, matey!
The Bottom Line
Halloween costume masks can’t be used as a substitute for CDC-recommended face protection, but your child can still dress up with fun cloth coverings. “Prior to making any Halloween plans this year, parents should be sure to check the most up-to-date guidelines from the CDC or the American Academy of Pediatrics,” says Dr. Granados.