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  1. Default What is your preference and why? 
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Lock Haven PA
    Looking for your opinions on mask vs makeup.

    I am not a fan of any type of mask but thought SPFX and CFX mask would make a good addition to our actors/characters this year. My question is what is most actors preferences and why?

    My thought is mask's are hot, can rip, limit vision & hearing.......etc. Pros are fast on & off and less people to paint.

    I personally think good makeup goes a long way.

    I am trying to decide whether I need to hurry up and try to purchase more or wait until season is over and let my folks make the decisions.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Over the years I've used more makeup and less masks simply because of the reasons you mentioned. That, and think about how much sweat and spit gets left in them... only for someone else to wear it the next night... Yuck!

    Makeup is the way to go!

  3. Default no,no. 
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    No make up, no mask.
    Scary enough as the "old Guy' (I'm 61.)
    I would sweat off almost any make up and die inside a mask.
    I am open every night of the year, spring, summer, fall, winter, in all of those climate variables along with the daily climate variables inside this house from wine cellar (52 degrees) to the cupola? 95?

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    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Mesquite, TX
    It seems like this pops up every six months or so and the debate rages on!
    I think it comes down to what the theme of your show is and what the characters are. If you want snouted werewolves, then your gonna need masks, if clowns are your thing then go woth make up. The more human the character the easier it is to turn a human into that character with make up.
    I also think you need a mix of the two. some customers become afraid by the expressions on the actors face and the look in their eyes. Other guests will become afraid of the unhumaness and the anominity of the masked actors.
    Skill level is also a factor, make up takes skill and time. Time is a huge factor for most haunts in the makeup area.
    Allen H

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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Tustin, California, United States
    My personal preference is a mask, but I haven't used prosthetics yet. Then again I also have free reign from my boss for me, my brother and our friend to make our own costumes...

  6. Default Maksks or Makeup 
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Havent posted in a wnhile my apologies.

    However, I do agree 100% with Allen, when he says " I think it comes down to what the theme of your show is and what the characters are. "

    Not only that , but it also depends on how much time you ware willing to spend with each individual actor to get them "just right" for the scene you are trying to portray.

    For intsance, say you spend 2 hours on make up and prosthetics( been there dun that) and it end up being a "low light" scene, where the people can hardly see anything of the detail you worked so hard to do, that 2 hours is wasted (theoretically) , could have just used a mask to POSSIBLY achive the same "scare effect".

    Conversely, you could also spend that same 2 hours on someone who is goingto be "spotlighted" ( or someone who will be remebered) in your haunt.

    However, all that being said , it would ALSO depend on "comfort level" of your haunters, we have some one for our haunt that is allergic to the red dye that is used in some of the make up that we use from time to time, as well as some one who is severly allergic to latex, so you have to take that into condieration to as to wether to use make up or masks.

    For me, personally , I perfer make up,(and iv've been doing various haunts for 20+ years) I dont have a problem sitting in a make up chair for an hour or so to get scary for a haunt,if need be.

    Make up, in and of itself, allows more freedom, it moves with your face obviously better than a mask, unles its one of the silicone masks.

    However im not oppsed to wearing a mask , as long as I can breathe and see thru it with out over heating.

    Just my thoughts.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    I too agree with what Allen said. It all just kind of depends.

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