Halloween has a hallowed history. It is the time of year when the boundaries of the spirits past and the living blended. Souls return to earth, visit among us and can communicate with us. The costume part of it started with the Celts who dressed up in skins and other various costumes on this day. And so, after many generations, Halloween has evolved into a bit of a costume party.
So with that thought, it's time to plan your Halloween costume.
Anyone can go to Walmart and pick up a Batman mask -- but who wants a common plastic disguise when communicating with the netherworld spirits? And who wants to spend a small fortune for a one night gig? I have a better idea -- a Lucha Libre Wrestler Mask from Mexico. Put on one of these masks (costs about $25) and a leotard and you'll have an original, inexpensive costume that will not only charm the monsters but may gain you entry into many a Halloween party.
Lucha libre (Spanish for "free fight") is a term used in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking areas to refer to a certain form of professional wrestling. Mexican wrestling, infamous for its disguised competitors and ruthless theatrics, is characterized by rapid sequences of holds and moves, as well as spectacular high-flying moves and colorful masks. Lucha libre performers are known as luchadores -- some are technicos (good guys) and some are rudos (bad guys). The masks are colorfully designed to evoke the images of animals, gods, ancient heroes, and other archetypes, whose identity the luchador takes on during a performance. Give some thought to this when choosing your mask lest your archetype falls out of balance with who you really want to be.
I've shown my personal favorite masks here. They fit average head sizes and adjust with lacing up the back, a bit of a kinky touch. One source for these masks is Tesoros Trading Company.