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Anglerfish Halloween mask probes the murky depths of creepiness

Fangs? Check. Weird glowing eyes? Check. This anglerfish mask is totally our favorite Halloween idea this year.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 12, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 8:04 pm CDT

The best Halloween costumes exist at the intersection of creepy, original, and easy to make from household supplies. This glowing anglerfish mask fits all three criteria to a tee.

Anglerfish are the species of deep-sea fish that light their way with a bio-luminescent bulb protruding from their head, which also serves to lure their prey within chomping range. That bulb, combined with their enormous, spiky teeth, make them the perfect choice for a Halloween mask.

Redditor VonRainbowpants built this mask using a balloon, paper mache, ping-pong balls for the eyes and glowing lure, and a string of LEDs. She documented the whole process, beginning with a balloon and ending with a snazzy paint job.



VonRainbowpants even thought to include a tiny male anglerfish clutching the huge female’s body, illustrating the species’ extreme sexual dimorphism. So yes, this is a “girl costume.” It’s also a chic addition to any Halloween party.


Illustration via Rebeccarawrr/sketchport (CC BY 4.0)

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*First Published: Oct 12, 2015, 7:47 am CDT