The Claw: How to Make an Unusual Halloween Maskcomments (14) October 5th, 2012
In the spirit of full disclose (and at the risk of being thought a party pooper), I have a problem with Halloween masks. It's not that I don't like dressing up; I do. And, when I dress up, ghoulish attire is my preferred style. It's just that I find most masks uncomfortable, hot, and unaccommodating when it comes to people (like me) who wear glasses. With All Hallows Eve approaching, the requests have started coming in from friends-"Can you make me a mask for a party I'm going to"-and it's gotten me wondering if there isn't some better way to approach this matter.
As I've said, I like the dress-up part, the ghoulish part, and the theatrical elements of the holiday; I just don't want to be hot, sweaty, and trapped inside a latex lizard head. To my way of thinking, the Venetians had the right idea when they perfected the masked ball a few hundred years ago: Put your mask on a stick and carry it with you. The frightful effect is the same with the added benefit that one can easily remove the mask to smile at the host of the party, kiss a neighbor on the cheek, partake of some delicious hors d'oeuvres or, in a perfect world, munch on handfuls of candy corn. And so, today, I offer up "The Claw." It's not exactly a frilly court mask on a ribboned stick, but you can see where I got the idea.
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