These 3D printable masks could save Halloween.

These 3D printable masks could save Halloween. October 23, 2014

Halloween is in eight days.  So far, I have (a) ordered one light blue hoodie from Ebay and (b) yelled at everybody.  Since we have to come up with nine costumes — or 17, really, since the older kids always pick a trick-or-treating costume that would be inappropriate for school, and so we have to come up with a second costume that won’t trigger an automatic lock-down. Thank goodness we’re terrible Catholics and quietly ignore All Saint’s Day, except for going to Mass, or we’d be looking at eight days to find 27 costumes.

Anyway, here is something amazing: printable paper masks of animals and other creatures from Wintercroft Masks. You pay a small sum, download a PDF, print it out, cut and assemble, and then paint them if you like. Very nicely designed, and the guy says they are structurally quite sturdy. Check out the lion:


mask lion


You can see he spray painted it gold for a neat Tron Lion effect, but you could also do a more naturalistic style, or you could make it kind of stylized and tribal. Lots of possibilities!


mask skull


Same for this one. Very effective with just plain white and black, or you could go for a dia de los muertos effect.

Here’s a tiger:


mask tiger


which could also easily be a leopard or adorable kitty cat, depending on how you decorate it.

There are lots more. It says it will take you two to three hours to assemble the masks. If you click on the individual pictures in the gallery, you will see strange and hilarious vignettes of people wearing the masks in odd settings. No shipping costs, no shopping, and you can still consider it semi-homemade. Love it.

Oh, so if you’re wondering, here are our kids’ plans for Halloween (and yes, the big kids are dressing up. I don’t care). From youngest to oldest:

  • 2-year-old: Rainbow Dash (that’s who the light blue hoodie is for. I can quickly and easily make a mane, ears, tail and cutie mark out of felt and hot glue, right? Tell me this will be simple. Lie to me.)
  • 5-year-old: A fairy princess (GOD BLESS YOU, FIVE-YEAR-OLD)
  • 7-year-old: A Creeper from Minecraft (just a painted box head and green clothes, right?)
  • 8-year-old: I forget what
  • 10-year-old: Arnold Schwarzenegger from The Terminator
  • 12-year-old: Two Face (there is still some deliberation about which version. I am recusing myself from that debate, on the grounds that I don’t care)
  • 14-year-old: An elven princess who enjoys sewing her own costumes!!!!!!!!!
  • 15-year-old: This guy from Die Hard:

PIC “now I have a machine gun ho ho ho”


I am torn about this one. Yes, it’s an easy costume. And yet . . .

  • And the 16-year-old is putting together a Kakashi Hatake costume. That’s all I know about that, except for the yelling.

And what are we going to do about the school-appropriate costumes? I think they will all just have to be paper foxes, and like it.



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  • mamagiglio

    So cool. Though they do remind me of the video for “What does the fox say?”

  • Kate

    Thank you.
    Seriously, thank you. Thank you for being a Catholic mom blogger who sends her kids to public school.
    Thank you for celebrating Halloween.
    Thank you for being real about the mom panic of waking up X days before (or, ahem, the morning of) Halloween & realizing you are woefully unprepared.

    I need more of this kind of blogging in my life, because building these Cathedrals is crazy hard.

  • Susan Mathis

    Die Hard is one of the best Christmas movies ever made! Thank you for using Halloween to draw our attention to the approaching Yuletide season.
    That being said, and if I ever get time I’m going to write a book on this, I have a passion for costumes and costuming. And I an honeslty say that there were many, many costumes to be made for younger children with a properly accessorized pillowcase with cut out neck and arm holes. For instance, anyone who lived before 1400 cna be portrayed by adding a scarf or hand towel. Likewise fairy or angel wings, Peter Pan hat, etc. While the full skirted princess is not possible, those royal ladies who kept to a more A-line look can be re-created with a wide piece of ribbon for a sash and whatever “bling” she can dig up. Hope this helps.

  • anna lisa

    My five y.o. has been a fairy princess. every. single. year. Last year she was briefly a witch, but when she saw all of the little princesses at the school parade, she couldn’t handle it and reverted. I shrugged when she settled for one of her old outfits. It wasn’t a complete loss, because her witch dress doubled as a beautiful black and white *Christmas dress* . I’m always looking for a good angle, because I really detest spending money on Halloween costumes.
    I haven’t dealt with Halloween at all this year, except of course for the dread.

  • Joy Schoenberger

    My 8-year-old is going as a creeper, too!

  • tomas

    i feel like im playting virtua fighter 2 or something like that