Saturday, September 25, 2010

DIY 1954 Children's Halloween Masks - do not try these at home

You seriously won't believe these DIY Halloween masks I came across in the October 1954 issue of The American Home magazine.

I couldn't stop myself and started laughing when I saw them. "Are ya kiddin' me?" might be your reaction too. They're too hilarious not to share. Well, at least you're instructed to use fireproof crepe paper...

A pony! What child doesn't love a pony?

Of course if your child prefers flowers this daffodil mask might be the way to go. Or maybe they want to scare the neighbors as a ferocious lion!

But wait! Maybe roses are more your thing. Lucky you - there are instructions to create a rose mask. And of course what would Halloween be without a pumpkin head?

Really? Brown bags covering your child's head? Please do not actually make these masks.

It reminds me of the Mad Men episode when Sally (Don and Betty's daughter for those of you who don't watch the show) comes running to the kitchen where Betty is having coffee with her neighbor, Francine. Sally has a plastic dry cleaning bag over her head as she's pretending to be a space creature. Betty, rightfully so, scolds Sally. Not for wearing the bag but for possibly tossing the newly dry-cleaned clothing on the floor! Ha! We've come a long way haven't we?

Again, please do not make these masks for your child!

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  1. First grade, 1970. We made brown paper bag masks and paraded through the older classrooms, showing off our handiwork.

    Maybe kids SHOULD try these - they'd get over the "I wanna go as {insert over-commercialized cartoon figure here}" reeeeaaaaal fast!

  2. You make a good point there. I was just thinking they looked pretty unsafe for outside in the dark trick-or-treating. But in a classroom they could be fun...



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