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Your little one has probably had plenty of practice wearing a face mask in public by now — but as all parents know, getting them to stay on can be a challenge. Halloween may be the only time kids are actually excited to wear ’em, since a spooky-fun cloth face mask can be an integral feature of your kid’s Halloween costume. But since experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended that younger children not yet eligible for vaccination should mask up while in public at all times, face masks are more of a necessity and not an accessory.
Planning a night of trick-or-treating for your child or inviting a few family or friends into your home for a Halloween party? Both you and your child should be properly wearing a face mask. This is especially true if you will spend time in close contact with anyone who doesn’t live with you: “Parents should make sure their kids’ costumes have masks incorporated into them,” says Sandra Kesh, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and the deputy medical director at New York’s Westmed Medical Group. Selecting a properly woven mask is especially crucial for those who are too young to be vaccinated — and you’ll need to wear one, too, even if you are vaccinated, in order to keep transmission risks low.
Cloth-based face masks aren’t a cure-all for COVID-19 risks on Halloween night, but they provide a barrier between children in the neighborhood in case someone is unknowingly sick. A mask can help trap infectious airborne droplets and particles that can impact others in close contact, which is crucial for children, as research published in JAMA Pediatrics earlier in the pandemic suggested that children can carry SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in their noses and throats for weeks even if they show no symptoms.
Help your kids’ make this the best Halloween it can be with a fun costume idea complete with one of these cloth-based masks. Textile experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute have analyzed dozens of cloth-based face masks made in kids’ sizes. These picks are all designed to easily fit into an existing Halloween costume, are made to fit snugly against your child’s nose and mouth and will keep up with them as they hit the trick-or-treating route this Halloween.
Critter Face Masks With Laundry Bag
Sold with a laundry mesh bag, these lightweight cotton poplin masks are durable enough to wear every single day. But since Old Navy has made 18 different patterns — from lions to sharks and ducks to bears — you can certainly purchase a unique option for a brand new Halloween costume. Bonus? They’re sold in adult sizes, so the whole family can get in on the Halloween costume fun!
Parents have flocked to Cubcoats for their soft, breathable face masks featuring animals. But Cubcoats’ newer Mask Buddy wristlet makes taking an extra face mask (if you plan to take a mask break or change masks altogether) so much easier.
Reusable Cloth Kids Face Mask Set
Crayola’s limited edition mask set are full of vibrant colors and iconic themes that any little one will love — the bulk packs make for great group costumes, too.
Kids Face Mask (5-Pack)
Helping your little one transform into one of their favorite school supplies for Halloween has never been easier. Our textile experts love that this set of colorful masks come with a mesh laundry bag so that you’ll never lose one in the wash.
Kids’ Dinosaur Mask
Maybe you have a science fanatic or future geologist on your hands? This prehistoric print is super fun and eye-catching; you’ll rest easy knowing that this mask also comes with a filter pocket for extra protection.
Pixar Cloth Face Masks
If your little one can’t get enough of Disney, they’ll love these character masks that can serve as part of a Disney Halloween costume. These adorable masks come in two different sizes for children; small (for younger preschoolers) and medium (for adolescents).
The Nightmare Before Christmas Masks
Do we have any Jack Skellington fans in the house? You’ll love the Oogie Boogie-inspired masks featured by this top-selling Etsy option, plus all of the other Disney themed options that even adults will love.
Custom Face Mask
You can customize any of Snapfish’s kids-sized face masks with their initials, first name or other art options. We love their wide array of animal faces printed on a cotton-polyester blended mask that has a pocket to hold a carbon filter.
Spongebob Squarepants Kids Mask
Kids Contour Face Mask (3-Pack)
These masks have adjustable ear straps so that you can secure them to most kids’ faces. The two critter options are great for little ones who can’t get enough of their animals; there are even options for cat lovers, too.
Superman Classic S Shield Logo Face Mask
Is your little one angling to be a superhero this year? Any Superman or Superwoman in training needs this polyester-printed 2-sided mask; plus, MaskClub has a slew of other superhero options to choose from.
Baby Yoda Contoured Face Mask (3-Pack)
If you’re gaming to set your little one up as Baby Yoda for Halloween this year, these soft masks are a perfect addition to seal the deal. The polyester lining adjusts to sit on your child’s face snugly and the ear loops are perfectly sized (and stretchy!).
Princess and Frozen Cloth Face Masks
Disney’s set of Princess-inspired face masks include options for those who’d like to dress up as Elsa or just want a classic medley of Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Arielle, Tiana and Jasmine.
Bella Crown Face Mask
Little princesses everywhere will have a big smile beneath this perfectly embellished cotton face mask. The jewels are carefully laid out on the mask’s front rather than sewn into its back, so rest easy this mask is comprehensive for safety.
Cloth Face Masks 4-Pack – Star Wars – Set 2
Have a little Star Wars’ stromtrooper in your midst?! One of the most popular options sold directly from Disney Parks is 4-pack, which comes in two different sizes for youth-sized masks.
FACEMask Yellow Buddy Mask
Awww! Your little tot will look adorable as Pikachu, as this mask is made in two different sizes to accommodate different ages. The one shown (extra small) is for kids between the ages of 3 and 7; but there’s a small available for kids aged 8 through 12.
Mini Face Mask
Brilliant sequins make this face mask a perfect option for a multitude of costume ideas. An added bonus is that this kids’ mask contains a hidden filter pocket and ear loop adjustor.
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Pirate Skull Crossbones Face Mask
With over 3,000 5-star reviews, this Etsy seller has created tons of Halloween-friendly face masks for kids. This pirate-themed option is made with two layers of cotton and elastic ear loops.
Panda-mic Kids Mask
Paired with the right Halloween makeup, dressing up as the cutest panda in the neighborhood is so easy thanks to this polyester mask.
Just Play Kid’s Face Mask
If you’re looking for a disposable option for kids, these surgical masks are equipped with a shaping clip and a filter layer. Each pack comes with two different styles.
Kids’ Scooby Doo Face Mask
Thinking of going trick-or-treating as Mystery Incorporated? Kids will love dressing up as Scooby Doo thanks to this comfortable cotton-based mask that proudly features the detective pup.
Yellow Minions Face Mask
Woody ‘Toy Story’ Face Mask
Dressing up as Woody or Jessie can be done in so many ways, even without a trip to a costume store for a Toy Story costume. This cloth-based mask comes in five different sizes.
Simba Kids’ Face Mask
Children can find plenty of Lion King-inspired costumes online to wear this year (we particularly love this Simba option). But why not complete the look with a matching mask?
Kids’ Unicorn Face Mask
You shouldn’t be sticking a unicorn horn on a mask, but if you plan to dress your little one up as a unicorn this year, this mask will have you covered. The adjust-to-fit mask is made with cotton and a neoprene finish.
Reusable Baby Shark Kids’ Face Masks
Elmo Face Face Mask
It’s a great option for any toddler who loves to keep up with Elmo and friends on Sesame Street.
Sesame Street Abby Face Face Mask
Sesame Street is the ultimate costume inspo for creative parents, and we love how MaskClub’s branded options make it so easy to make a whimsical costume for any girl or boy. You’ll find all of MaskClub’s Sesame Street options here.
Trolls 2-Pack Reusable Fabric Face Masks
Yay, Trolls! Your little one will love paying homage to their favorite film of 2020 with these adorable masks. If your kid isn’t loving the pink, there are a few Trolls options available at Target.
Paw Patrol Face Mask with Filter Pocket
This best-selling face mask design is a great way to tie together a quick DIY homage to your little one’s favorite cartoon.
Doll Print Face Mask – Adjustable
Dressing up as your favorite toy has never been easier! The ear loops are adjustable for comfort, too.
Doctor Role Play Costume Set
Melissa & Doug
We love a concept that really ties an entire costume together, and Melissa & Doug have thought of a few that can’t work without masks! this adorable homage to our healthcare heroes.
Halloween Face Mask and Dog Bandana
Your little one’s eyes will light up when their favorite sidekick gets to come out with them on Halloween for a night of matching fun. Milkbone has also released similar matching options themed to skeletons (spookily fun!) and pumpkins as well (too cute!).
Candy Corn Washable Reusable Mask
Equipped with a nose clip and a pocket for a carbon filter, this joyfully themed mask is a perfect option for older kids and teens.
Kids Halloween Masks (Family 6-Pack)
Thinking of joining your little one in a matching look? Check out these really fun, whimsical prints from RafiNova. They come equipped with adjustable ear loops.
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