13 Cute and Creepy Halloween Face Masks for Kids That Will Also Protect Them
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:
1. Trolls Face Masks
2. Spider Web Face Mask
3. Frozen Face Mask
4. Halloween Skeleton Mask
5. Paw Patrol Face Masks
6. Rainbow Face Mask
7. Dinosaur Smile Mask
8. LOL Surprise Doll Masks
9. Superman Face Masks
10. Shark Face Masks
11. Pixar Face Masks
12. Princess Face Shield
13. Pirate Face Shield
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.