How to Make a Halloween Mask for Kids

by SusanM

Tips and ideas for making a kid's Halloween mask

Making a scary or fun mask is a perfect craft activity for kids at Halloween. It can also be part of creating their Halloween costume.

Masks come in many shapes and sizes. There's also many different types of masks you can make.

Some masks are more difficult than others with many being too hard for children to make themselves.

So I've collected a few mask making ideas that are all easy enough for children to do. Because letting your child make their own Halloween mask is one of the creative joys of Halloween.

The Easiest Mask to Make

Paper plate masks are the easiest for a child to make. They're a fun craft and they look pretty good when they're finished too. 

I've included a great video showing how to make a Pumpkin Paper Plate Mask. But don't let your creativity stop there.

You can create other Halloween paper plate masks using the same instructions just by adding some creativity and imagination.

To make a Paper Plate Mask you'll need:

  • Paper plates (make sure they're paper and not plastic plates)
  • Construction paper in different colors for decorating (the Crayola paper is good)
  • A safe string or long piece of elastic 
  • Child-friendly glue
  • Non-toxic paint 
  • Feathers and other items you would like to decorate the mask with 

By following the instructions in the video your kids can make some really great paper plate masks for Halloween.

How to Make a Paper Plate Halloween Mask Video

Construction paper masks are also very easy to make. This video shows how to make one. 

The video just shows how to make a basic paper mask but you can add some creativity and imagination to make more impressive looking masks. You can paint the mask or add construction paper in different colors to decorate it. You can also use string or elastic to instead of paper so your child can wear the mask. 

These are fun masks to make. This basic mask can also be made into lots of different masks. So your child can be really creative with this craft. But because of all the cutting needed paper plate masks are easier and safer for a younger child to make (with help). 

How to Make a Construction Paper Mask Video

Decorating Ideas for Your Halloween Mask

Feather Assortment (600 pcs)

Fun Express

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Adhesive Back Jewels (500 pc)

Fun Express

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Paper plate and construction paper masks are great fun to make. So they're a great Halloween activity idea for kids. But they might not look impressive enough for many kids who want something special for their costume at Halloween. 

So if you or your child want something other than a paper plate or construction paper mask for Halloween there are other craft options. You can get a ready-to-decorate paper-mache mask. Being ready-to-decorate means you avoid all the mess that goes with actually making a paper-mache mask to decorate. Your child can paint and decorate these in lots of different ways and they look great when finished. 

Kids Paint for Making Halloween Masks

Crayola Washable Kids Paint Set (10 Colors)


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You can also get mask making craft kits that come with everything your child needs to make a mask. These can be a lot of fun. They also save running around for all the different things you need to create a mask. But I think something like the plain paper-mache mask is more creative for kids. 

Glow in the Dark Mask Kit

Some mask making kits are really amazing.

This Glow in the Dark Mask Kit comes with a white mask, 2 glow-in-the-dark paints and fluorescent blue, red, green and pink paints.

This is a fun novelty for kids that will look great on Halloween night - and it's definitely not something you can do with some paper plates and paints at home. 

This is an activity for school age kids from about 8 or 9 years upwards.

Kids Mask Making Kits on Ebay


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Updated: 09/04/2012, SusanM
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