Buon Halloween!

Buon Halloween!

Last October, Bill and I were in Italy and saw so many beautiful and creepy and interesting and intricate masks while in Venice. You can see some of my favorites in a post I wrote last year.

While thinking about Halloween, I realized I’ve never shown you the masks we bought in Venice. So what better day than Halloween to don my Venetian mask, and Tori’s, and show them to you.

I selected this first one for its sky blue and turquoise colors, gold leaf, cherubs and light blue ribbons (that you can’t see because they are tied behind my head). This mask hangs on the wall in our bedroom and even though it may look creepy on me, it’s really quite lovely and cheery as a wall hanging.

We made sure to buy the masks that were made with papier-mâché and not plastic or plaster. We also decided to purchase them from a small and out-of-the-way boutique rather than a big touristy shop.

I can’t imagine I’d be able to wear this mask long should I try to wear it to a party someday. My nose was itching and I couldn’t scratch it, talking was a challenge, it was more than a little stuffy and I had no peripheral vision. But it was still fun for the five minutes I wore it.

This much more comfortable and super girlie mask we bought for Tori. It’s a pale silvery pink with black ribbons ties.

If I ever choose to go all out on Halloween one of these years, I will ask Tori to borrow this eye mask and create a “Marie Antoinette in masquerade” sort of get up.

Have a Buon Halloween!



  1. October 31, 2011 / 4:38 am

    Aww, I really like those masks, they remind me of a trip I once took to see the carnival in Venice – magic. Have a great day, enjoy Halloween xo

  2. October 31, 2011 / 4:42 am

    These masks are gorgeous! And I am so with you, doing the whole Marie Antoinette costume would be my Halloween ideal. I need to get on that one of these years! For this year, it is glamorous witch, with long purple wig and full-length black velvet coat. Mama like. XO, Jill

  3. October 31, 2011 / 4:54 am

    Cool masks! Le monsieur wanted to buy some when we were in Venice but they sort of creeped me out. But had we found some as pretty as yours, I might have come home with them.

  4. October 31, 2011 / 5:44 am

    If I could live every day as my own version of Marie Antoinette I would, so I am loving that second mask! The first is beautiful, but I’m with you…I couldn’t wear it (I’ve found even thinking my nose might itch makes it itch).

    G is determined to one day throw a masked ball once we’re in a home with a little more room. I love the idea of an old fashioned revelry!

  5. October 31, 2011 / 6:56 am

    I’d get claustrophobic wearing that Venetian mask. I like the idea of it hanging on the wall much better!

    Tori’s mask is fun and I can imagine wearing that with a flowing gown to an event…

    Happy Halloween!

  6. October 31, 2011 / 7:09 am

    @Mademoiselle Poirot How fun to see the carnival in Venice. I so wish I lived in Europe so that I could visit places like Venice easily. It must have been quite a sight to see.

  7. October 31, 2011 / 7:10 am

    @jill815 A glamourous witch! Sounds fun! Send a photo if you can. And have fun tonight! xo, A

  8. October 31, 2011 / 7:13 am

    @déjà pseu Yes, they are a little creepy. I have some photos of myself from yesterday that really freak me out. My head was titled up and you could see my eyes – which looked very sinister. I opted not to post those because I didn’t want to give anyone disturbing dreams 🙂

  9. October 31, 2011 / 7:15 am

    @Kate It’s been a long time wish of mine to dress up as MA. But I never get invited to a Halloween ball. Maybe I’ll have to throw my own one day like you two are planning.

    Have a great Halloween!

  10. October 31, 2011 / 7:16 am

    @hostess of the humble bungalow It’s much better hanging on the wall. I would never wear that full mask out of the house – it is claustrophobic. Breathing is not easy in that thing!

    I hope you have fun tonight doling out candy to all the little ones!

  11. October 31, 2011 / 8:08 am

    The masks are very cool!

    I would not be able to wear one however…I can’t even wear a dust mask without breaking out! Every time while working on a project around the house that involves sanding, it makes me sweat. The hotter the weather the worse it is! 🙁

    We got zero trick or treaters last year…we just don’t get many where we live. I still have to buy some candy just in case!

    Happy Halloween!


  12. October 31, 2011 / 10:38 am

    Dearest Adrienne,

    Oh, Venice is a different story alltogether. When we lived there for one year we missed actually the Rotary Club’s masquerade ball as we left already on January 11th. But the prices were steep, for about $ 1,000 to attend + the costumes!!!
    Love the one you got for Tori, very lovely and certainly the ‘angel mask’ will look great as wall hanging.
    You know what I value very much about you writing that you went for the ‘natural’ material instead of the mass production made out of plastic. If only more people would realize this ever ‘environment friendly’ approach, we would have a more eco-friendly world! I would not want to know what bulk those commercial ‘holidays’ like Halloween will cause for ending up in the garbage pile after the day is over…
    Love to you,


  13. October 31, 2011 / 10:56 am

    Very cool masks! Don’t you find masks to be a little scary? That first one gave me the shivers. It’s beautiful yes, but strange in a slightly creepy way.

  14. October 31, 2011 / 11:03 am

    @LRS4AMANDA I know…I don’t like things on my face either. But I managed to suck it up for five minutes to get some photos.

    We have never had a trick-or-treater. I miss the cute kids but I am happy to not have candy in the house 🙂

  15. October 31, 2011 / 11:06 am

    @Mariette’s Back to Basics I didn’t know you lived in Venice! How fascinating! $1000 is a little high for a party, but what a party it must have been!

    We had to pay more for the papier mache masks, but it’s worth it. I agree that it is a shame that many of these holiday costumes will end up in the land fill. I use to encourage the kids to create costumes out of existing clothes and accessories. They don’t really dress up anymore, so it’s not an issue.

  16. October 31, 2011 / 11:09 am

    @Susan Tiner The first one gives me the creeps, too. I don’t know why though. It’s perfectly serene looking while it’s hanging on the wall, but once it’s on a person, yikes! I had even creepier photos come out that I saved you readers from seeing 🙂

  17. October 31, 2011 / 3:40 pm

    How cute are they! (loving the orange background too!)
    T xxx

  18. October 31, 2011 / 5:11 pm

    OMYGOSH!!! These are absolutely gorgeous!! …Come on over and have a virtual Masquerade Ball at my blog.. Marie A. herself is attending…xo Happy Halloween, Blessings HHL

  19. October 31, 2011 / 10:24 pm

    Masks freak me out too! However, I really like the little one.

  20. October 31, 2011 / 10:32 pm

    Oooo, I love those masks. I was going to say the first was my absolute fave until I scrolled down and there was that beautiful pink one – shades of princesses! Beautiful, both.

  21. November 1, 2011 / 12:47 am

    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous. I love the second one. Hope you had a lovely Halloween x

  22. November 1, 2011 / 5:37 am

    What beautiful masks! My dad bought me one when I was a kid. I should dig it up.

  23. November 1, 2011 / 7:21 am

    Lovely masks! The only thing we bought when in Venice, was some venetian glass jewelry.

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