Make a Spooktacular Halloween Mask!

So it’s the week before Halloween and you’ve decided to make the cutest little costume for your ghost or goblin. For the perfect finishing touch, try creating one of these adorable masks! They are inexpensive, super simple to make, and infinitely customizable. Because they sit on your child’s head like a hat, he or she can see everything that’s going on around them, making them safer to wear at night than some store-bought costume alternatives.

This project will be our Studio Creations activity for the month of November. For those of you who haven’t been to Studio Creations at the DMA before, it’s a drop-in  art making activity for families offered on weekends from 1:00-3:30 p.m. in the Art Studio in the Center for Creative Connections. A different project is offered each month andvolunteers are on hand to assist you. All materials are provided.

Free with paid admission, the project is always connected to a work in the Museum’s collection or special exhibition. We encourage you to see these works of art with your family and offer Gallery Guides with questions and interactive activities to help enrich your experience. November will focus on the exhibition African Masks: The Art of Disguise. You can see the show and get a sneak peek of the new Studio Creations activity this Sunday at our Masks and Mascaras Family Celebration from 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.!



  • 1 12×18″ sheet of colored foam (available at craft stores like Michaels) or poster board
  • 1 large circular serving plate (any circular template will do)
  • scissors
  • collage materials (decorative paper, construction paper, feathers, wiggle eyes, extra foam sheets, fabric, sticky foam shapes, stuff from around the house)
  • glue
  • optional: stapler, hole puncher, hot glue gun


  1. Trace and cut out a circle from the foam sheet using your plate as a guide.
  2. Cut a “smile” into your circle about 2 inches from the bottom edge. Make your cut wide enough to fit around your child’s head. This slit will be your animal’s mouth.
  3. Cut the top part of the mask into the shape of the creature’s head.
  4. Decorate your animal’s face with collage materials. Depending on what you use, a stapler or hot glue gun may be needed, especially if you are using wiggle eyes and foam sheets.
  5. To wear, grasp the bottom edge of the mask and fold it backwards, making an opening where the animal’s mouth is. Slide the mask onto the top of your child’s head through the opening. The bottom edge of the mask shoud wrap around the back of his or her head while the animal’s face sits on his or her forehead like the brim of a hat.

Tips and tricks:

  • Soft foam sheets work really well for this project and come in a multitude of colors. You can use markers on them, too!
  • Once you’ve gotten the hang of making the basic mask, you can make them as complex as you want. Here are some examples: 

Posted by: JC


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