Who doesn't love getting dressed up for Halloween? Sure, kids look forward to trick-or-treating, but of course adults get to enjoy themselves too. So if you're planning to put together a costume this year for that party, parade or club night, why not glean a little inspiration from these nine fantastical creations and unmask your deep love of the ocean on the darkest night of the year? Introducing the coolest sea life masks for Halloween.
1. The Masked Ball
By day, Glenn Smith is a milliner, the founder of Hatsmith.UK and a creator of curious head gear for fans of alternative fashion. By night, he designs these fabulously scary sea life masks for the U.K.'s annual Whitby Goth Weekend music festival. Even nightmares can provide a satisfying weekend away.
2. Cthulhu Calling
Speaking of nightmares, nothing says horror like H.P. Lovecraft's literary creation, Cthulhu. Adria Lynn's WastelandArtisan in Montreal brings us this elegant leather mask to conjure feverish fears from the demonic depths.
3. Fighting Fish
But Halloween's no longer just about horror. New York's Andrea Masse shows us how the elegant side of the holiday can be just as alluring with these shimmering fighting bettas from Merimask. After all, it's the little fins that make a good party.
4. Purple Pulpo
This delightful purple octopus has more than a hint of the Venetian carnival about it. Created by Ashley and Eve at Oak Myth Masks in California, the mask was put together using leather, acrylic paint and a whole lot of patience. It's the perfect thing in which to marry the sea.
5. Visions in Blue
Did we say it's not all about being terrified? Because it totally is. At least if, like us, you're a fan of Seggos Artworks in Germany who created this blood-chilling anglerfish-inspired mask using latex. Don't turn off the light!
6. Snap It Up
If you like something a little more understated, try this Dali-esque "half mask fascinator" from Pearls & Swine based in Ossett, U.K. Made with leopard print satin and orange glitter, something like this will turn heads wherever you choose to wear it.
7. Royal Garden Party
Another elegant contribution comes from Judith Rauchfuss, founder of Leopard's Leap. The Sea Queen Masquerade Mask suggests the swirling leaves and fronds of an underwater realm. Guaranteed to bring you a flood of attention.
8. She Sells Seashells
Credit: Jen Steadman
Credit: Jen Steadman
"She" being Jen Steadman, of course, whose beautiful sea shell masks are individually sculpted in polymer clay and cast in resin before being hand painted by the artist — making each piece unique as every shell on the beach.
9. The Eyes Have It
Created by Wings of Clay, this subtle carnival steampunk octopus mask is made using a polymer vegan "leather" for those who like to celebrate all animal life. If you're looking to reach out and grab someone this party season, make sure you're using all eight arms.