Why are masks so scary? It comes down to three things:
- You can’t see the wearer’s real face, which is unsettling for most human beings.
- When you hang them up, they look like decapitated heads.
- Because sometimes they’re made to be scary.
At Halloween time, you can find all sorts of made-to-be-scary masks down at your friendly neighborhood costume shop. But if you want to find the absolute scariest Halloween masks, that takes some digging. Fortunately, we’ve done the digging for you – and you may be surprised (and horrified) by what we’ve excavated.
Obviously, “scary” is a subjective thing. However, we’ll wager that the Halloween masks below would give most people a serious case of the willies. Without further ado, here’s our list of the best scary masks (zombie or no):
You don’t have to have seen Stephen King’s It to find this Pennywise Mask creepy as all get out, but it sure helps. This mask is a near perfect likeness of Pennywise, the godfather of creepy clowns. For that, it deserves an honored place as the first – but definitely not last – clown mask on this list.
This Decaying Zombie Mask is a reminder that some walkers have been dead longer than others. With so many blood-soaked zombies out there, you might even say that this is a breath of fresh air. Except, of course, that there’s nothing fresh about this thoroughly rotten cadaver.
For those who prefer a little more gore on their zombies, this Screaming Corpse Mask fills the bill. This creature is either in a lot of pain (having your flesh melt away will cause some discomfort), or he’s on the attack. Or maybe it’s both.
Apparently something has gone terribly wrong at the Build-A-Bear Workshop. This Scary Bear Mask is so creepy, it might cause you to have nightmares. And when you wake up in a cold sweat, it’s a pretty safe bet that you won’t be reaching for your teddy bear for comfort.
This Nun Mask is a licensed product of The Town, a 2010 movie starring Ben Affleck. Some people might recognize it as the mask worn by armed robbers in the film. Other people will simply be creeped out by your bizarre choice of costumes.
Inspired by a demonic character in Evil Dead 2, this Pee Wee Mask will instantly be recognized by hardcore fans of the movie. If anyone needs a reminder, just say: “I’ll swallow your soul!”
With its misshapen head and bloody mouth full of razor teeth, this Meateater Butcher Mask looks like something straight out of hell. It’s one of the more expensive masks to buy, but that’s understandable given the high quality and frighteningly lifelike design. Of course, it might be a little too intense to wear around young kids (ya think?).
If you’re a real ham, this Horror Pig Mask is sure to get you the attention you crave. It’s just as bizarre as those horse head masks that have become so popular, but has a disturbing expression that can’t be found in the equine world. With that look, it’ll make people want to go wee wee wee all the way home.
Check out the impressive detail on this Night Fiend Mask. Now consider the fact that the mouth opens and closes. One of the Animotion Masks from California Costumes, it has a movable jaw piece – allowing the wearer to work those nightmarish chompers.
Halloween is the time to let your inner monster come out, and that’s exactly what this Let Me Out Mask is all about. Not only does it score points for originality, but it’s kind of mind-blowing when you think about it: You’re inside a mask of a monster that’s inside a person. So… what’s inside you?
Just because we’re talking about Halloween masks doesn’t mean we have to include a mask from the movie Halloween. That said, this Michael Myers Mask is scary enough on its own merits to warrant a place on the list. It’s a little pricey, because looking like a genuine famous unstoppable serial killer don’t come cheap.
Need to stay warm while you’re out scaring the bejeezus out of trick-or-treaters? While the fabric on this Death Mask is apparently breathable, it’s essentially a ski mask with a horrifying visage attached to it. The jaw is articulated, allowing for
lifelike realistic facial movement.
This thing is a clown, a mime, and judging by the gouged-out eyes, some sort of undead abomination. In other words, this Mime Mask offers three different ways to scare the crap out of people.
When you see someone wearing a Horse Skull Mask, you have no idea what they’re up to. But it’s probably nothing good. In case you’re wondering, this mask comes with the black shroud, which is a key component of its eeriness.
Let’s face it – beauty fades over time, especially when you’re dead. This Pin-Up Girl Zombie Mask looks so awful (in a good way) that it can easily serve as prop when you’re not wearing it. Of course, if you really want to scare people, you may want to keep it hidden away for just the right moment.
Decades after the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, Leather Face still has the power to horrify people. This Leather Face Deluxe Overhead Mask is more expensive than some of the other options – and looking at the grisly detail on it, it’s not hard to see why.
Dolls are every bit as creepy as clowns, but for whatever reason, there aren’t as many creepy doll costumes out there. This plastic Smeary Doll Face Mask is the best (or should we say worst?) of the lot. As a bonus, it’s also a lot cheaper than many of the latex masks on this list.
This Slack Jaw Latex Mask comes with a nifty gimmick – it has a jaw that you can pull off, revealing revolting flesh underneath. That’s what you call a jaw-dropping party trick.
What is a Fulci zombie? Ask any zombie geek, and they’ll tell you about the films of the pioneering horror director Lucio Fulci. With its rotten flesh and wormy eye, this Fulci Zombie Latex Mask looks like something straight out of those cheesy zombie flicks from the 70s and 80s.
There are lots of good Slipknot masks you can buy, but none freakier than this. The Slipknot Chris Mask is just so wrong in so many ways. In other words, it’s awesome for Halloween – or any other time you want to strike terror into your friends.
You can find all of these creepy masks for sale online. Here are two things to keep in mind when buying:
- Costumes rarely look quite as good as the picture.
- Make sure you buy well in advance of Halloween, as the good stuff tends to sell out fast.
So, what do you think of this list? Agree? Disagree?