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25 creative Halloween costumes kids can wear with masks

Festive ways to stay safe—and have fun.

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This Halloween, we are all about the masks. And we don't mean your typical Halloween disguises. If you're planning to venture out of your house or socialize in any way this year, you and your kids are going to want to mask up with some PPE-level mouth and nose coverings.

Whether it's a night of trick-or-treating or a socially distanced spooky backyard gathering, Halloween is one holiday that lends itself to mask-wearing and might even give you an opportunity to get previously mask-averse kids to don one in the spirit of the holiday.

No need to paint on cat whiskers or jack-o'-lantern teeth—just find the right COVID mask for the job and your kiddo will be good for the night. From cute to creepy, here are some costume ideas inspired by our favorite masks.

1. A favorite Disney character

A Stitch mask and costume
Credit: shopDisney

Alien 626? How about Alien 6-too-cute!

Best for: All ages
These masks from shopDisney are ranked as the favorite of kids by our testers, so rest assured your kids will be comfortable, well-covered, and well-costumed. We love the snaggle-toothed Stitch mask. If you’re feeling festive, join your kiddo as Lilo for the cutest costume pairing.

Pro tip: These masks run small, so read the reviews and size up accordingly when buying.

2. A slithering beast

A dragon mask with a tongue and a child with a dragon costume.
Credit: SartoriaTataDrama / Hanna Andersson

Bring this mythical beast to life with one of the coolest masks we've found.

Best for: Ages 5 to 10
We probably shouldn't play favorites, but this may be our favorite face mask of all! This cool mask makes room for a filter and it even comes with a slithering tongue. You can use this one for a snake costume, a lizard, a Komodo dragon or, pair it with this adorable dragon costume for a legendary Halloween night.

3. A magical unicorn

A child in a unicorn costume and another child wearing a unicorn mask.
Credit: Band of the Wild / Cubcoats

For a magical Halloween night, this beautiful unicorn costume and mask.

Best for: Ages 5 to 10
Bring a little magic to Halloween night with a shimmering, sparkling, unicorn costume. This is one of the most whimsical costumes we can imagine. With pastel rainbow tail and a metallic gold horn your magical unicorn is the stuff of dreams. The mask turns into a little wristlet, for when your trick-or-treater needs to attend to some serious candy-eating.

4. A jolly jack-o'-lantern

Two jack-o-lantern mask
Credit: GameTimePrints

Go silly or spooky with these jack-o-lantern masks.

Best for: Ages 3 and up
Nothing says Halloween like the iconic jack-o'-lantern. This smiling face mask comes in two color options: black or orange. Orange is a bit sweet, while black is all about the scary. This comes in adult and kids’ sizes, for a fun, family costume idea.

* Get the Jack-o'-Lantern Halloween Mask at Etsy for $8.49
* Get the Kids' Pumpkin Costume at Amazon for $23.99

5. A colorful crayon

A pack of crayon-style masks and a child in a red crayon costume.
Credit: Crayola / Oriental Trading Company

They can go solo, or this makes at great family costume!

Best for: All ages
Looking for a family costume? Pair these masks with a few crayon-inspired T-shirts and your colorful crew will be ready to make the rounds. Or, let your kiddo pick their favorite color and paint the town...whatever color they want!

6. A dynamic dino

A child in a dinosaur costume with spikes. A ferocious dinosaur mask for a t-rex.
Credit: HalloweenCostumes.com / Wild Republic

For an extra-ferocious look.

Best for: Ages 3 and up
If you’re living with a budding paleontologist, these face masks will only make their ferocious roar feel even more authentic. Go cute or fierce, with these adjustable mask options.

7. A cool fossil

A fossil mask and a kid dressed in a ppterodactyl skeleton costume.
Credit: BoneheadsUSA

Cool and creepy all at once!

Best for: Ages 3 to 8
A dinosaur is cool, but what about a fossil, to add a fun little bit of fright to your kiddo’s dinosaur obsession?

8. A wonderfully wicked witch

A child with a green witch mask and another child in a purple and black witch costume.
Credit: Crayola / Spooktacular Creations

For a spook-tacular Halloween night!

Best for: Ages 3 to 10
These limited-edition Crayola masks are vibrantly colored and humorously drawn. You may see your little witch giggling, rather than cackling, in this costume. These come in a set of five, with faces with all sorts of ghoulish faces, if siblings want to get in on the spookiness, too.

* Get the Spooky Set of Crayola Halloween Masks at Amazon for $22.95
* Get the Fairytale Witch costume at Amazon for $29.99

9. A sonorous troll

Kids wearing Trolls masks
Credit: MaskClub

Candy-colored Trolls masks are fitting for the Halloween holiday.

Best for: All ages
Trolls World Tour was a game-changing hit, and it just keeps scoring high with kids. Kids will be clamoring to dress up as one of these candy-colored characters. These sweet masks will take their costume to next-level cute and will likely be a favorite long after Halloween night.

10. A ferocious tiger

A tiger mask with very sharp-looking teeth.
Credit: MadeByArtly

This sharp-toothed tiger will make for a ferocious Halloween.

Best for: Ages 3 to 12
This sharp-toothed tiger mask is sure to make your little one roar in approval, and the fact that it's so well-made, with three layers of protection, will set your mind at ease. These high-quality masks also come in shark, bunny, bear, dog, or koala.

11. A sly fox

A girl in a fox costume and a smiling fox mask.
Credit: Ninteri / Fun Costumes Store

Some foxes are sly and some are sweet.

Best for: Ages 3 to 12
What does the fox say? This Halloween, the fox says “trick or treat” when your kiddo dons this smiling fox mask and costume.

12. A demon of doom

A skull jaw COVID mask and a Halloween costume that's a demon riding a dinosaur skeleton
Credit: DapperCreations / Morph

This costume and mask makes for a seriously spooky combo.

Best for: Ages 5 and up
I mean, if you're gonna go scary go really scary. This is a costume that's going to make a huge impression, and the realistic skull jaw mask only makes it more wonderfully unsettling.

* Get the Skull Jaw Mask at Etsy for $10.50
* Get the Demon and Dinosaur Skeleton costume at Amazon for $49.99

13. A pretty kitty

Two kitten masks
Credit: OMG Masks

A purr-fect choice of masks for a cute kitty.

Best for: Ages 2 to 10
All it will take is a set of ears and a swishing tail to complete this kitty cat costume. Their smiling sweet face is certain to get them lots of treats this Halloween.

14. A "Minecraft" creeper

Minecraft mask
Credit: RavenWake

This "creeper" mask is, indeed, creepy enough for Halloween.

Best for: All ages
Behind millions of downloads are thousands of kids who want to be a part of the hostile creeper mob on Halloween night. You’ll be relieved at not needing to paint on complicated pixelated makeup this year and your kid will breathe easy knowing that their look won’t need a touch-up to stay soulless and sinister-looking.

15. A peppy Pikachu

Pikachu mask
Credit: LisaDylanArt

Your little one will look adorable as Pikachu in this happy mask.

Best for: Ages 4 to 14
There is no better friend than Pikachu (according to Ash Ketchum, anyway). The Pokémon movies have captured the hearts of kids and "Pokémon Go!" has captured their minds. Have your kids go as the cutest yellow cartoon—and one of the most coveted cards from the original game—this year.

16. The aquatic buddies SpongeBob and Patrick

SpongeBob masks
Credit: SpongeBob Store

Bikini Bottom or your back yard, these masks will make a splash.

Best for: All ages
Why stay in your pineapple all night? If you’re planning on venturing outside of Bikini Bottom, you’re going to want to be protected. Your kiddo will also be the proudest Good Noodle knowing that the proceeds from each mask goes to Save the Children. Snag a fun SpongeBob or Patrick costume to make the look complete.

17. A "Sesame Street" character

crayon masks
Credit: MaskClub

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street--and which house has the best Halloween candy?

Best for: All ages
Who are the people in your neighborhood? This Halloween they could be Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Count, Big Bird, and Oscar in this five pack of "Sesame Street" favorites. Buy them separately (and get Abby and Grover in the mix), or as a set.

18. A piece of art

For the arty teen who wants to make a statement.
Credit: LoveIsLoveArt

For the arty teen who wants to make a statement.

Best for: Teens
If you have an arty teen in your midst, check out some of the fine art and pop art inspired masks over at Redbubble. They can celebrate Halloween as an art icon or one of their most famous works.

19. A baby shark

A yellow Baby Shark mask and a toddler in a Baby Shark costume
Credit: GameTimePrints / HalloweenCostumes.com

They've danced to the song, now they can look the part of Baby Shark!

Best for: Ages 3 and up
Do! Do! Do! Do you think there's a more adorable costume for your little one? These cute masks come in all the colors that represent Baby Shark’s family and will have even the tiniest tykes excited for face coverings. Pick up one of these super-soft costumes for a swimming combo.

20. A Hogwarts student

Harry Potter masks
Credit: MaskClub

Perfect for both muggles and non-muggles.

Best for: All ages
Accio, muggles and non-muggles alike! Which Hogwarts house will you swear your allegiance to? Bring a little magic to your Halloween this year. All you require is a Quidditch robe, a spindly wand, a scarf in house colors, and one of these masks with the crest that suits you and your kiddo best. These will have your kid looking like a convincing wizard faster than you can say "WinGARdium Levi-OH-sa."

21. A swaggering pirate

a pirate mask and a Captain Hook costume
Credit: VegasMadeGoodies / shopDisney

Give Captain Hook an extra sinister edge with this mask.

Best for: 4 to 12
Argh, mateys! A pirate's life for ye this Halloween. This Jolly Roger-blazoned pirate mask paired with a proper pirate getup will ensure your little one walks away with a Halloween bounty fit for Jack Sparrow. Since these are custom made, you can be sure you'll get a perfect fit for any member of your family.

22. Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog mask
Credit: SegaStore

All you need is this smirking Sonic mask for your kid to be the fastest video game character ever.

Best for: 4 to 12
If your kid is obsessed with the interplanetary super-powered blue hedgehog from the video game and this year's movie, save a bit of time and sweat labor on painting their whole face blue with this mask. This little blue mask will have your kid ready for hyper-speed action—even before the sugar high kicks in. Snag this supersonic costume to make for the speediest trick or treater this galaxy has ever seen.

23. Super Mario

Mario mask
Credit: zawitees

A plumber-style mustache will definitely get you a 1UP this year.

Best for: Ages 6 and up
How about a Mario and Luigi buddy-costume getup to show how you and your kid have bonded over '90s-style video gaming for the past six months? You'll get an instant 1UP with this plumber-mustache mask.

24. A little monster

A smiling Sully mask from Monster's Inc.
Credit: GameTimePrints

A smiling Sully mask!

Best for: 3 to 8
Sometimes a kid just wants to be downright scary and these monster masks, which come in three shades and three different snarling styles, will help get the point across faster than you can say, "Boo!" Any costume would be spooky with this snarling mask, but we are particularly partial to exploring the scary side of Mike from "Monsters Inc." with one of these costumes.

25. Anything they can dream up

Two custom printed masks in a bear and a smiling shark print.
Credit: Snapfish

Let them design their own mask to fit their costume.

Best for: All ages
So they want to be a chupacabra? That’s cool. Maybe they’re Lego-obsessed and need a face mask to complete their Wild Style or Emmett look? How about Professor Poopy Pants from Captain Underpants? Have no fear, you can create a personalized mask at Snapfish. Design your own and let your little one's imagination lead the way.

Get the personalized face mask at Snapfish for $19.99

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