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Sometimes the simplest masks are the spookiest: think Jason, Michael Myers, or the Scream phantom . The British outlet Wintercroft Masks takes cheap thrills to the next level with these chilling cardboard masks. You simply print them at home, then fold them into shapes such as animals, skulls or even a Storm Trooper.

Downloadable paper masks

For a ridiculously low cost (the owl mask is £4.50 or about $8 Canadian), you’ll be emailed a template to print and instructions for folding the mask. Once you’ve printed your pattern, you glue it to a piece of card stock (or Wintercroft recommends a cereal box). Then, through a series of matching numbers and taping edges, you can create a beautiful skull to terrify your neighbours with. Wintercroft also has pumpkin masks which are not only perfect for aspiring Jack, The Pumpkin Kings, but can be set on your hearth as a Jack O’Lantern.

Downloadable paper masks

Note that the masks print white and the gorgeous colouring in the promo photos was done by an artist. However, even the plain white masks are giving us chills. And since there is no shipping required, the product’s carbon footprint is only that of a piece of paper rather than a boat-trip from China.

If you’re thinking this sounds like one of those Martha Stewart jobs where it looks perfectly easy to whip up a Horn of Plenty, and then you wind up with a mangled mess of wicker and gourds, founder Steve Wintercroft assures you it’s not that hard. “The instructions are easy to follow so that the masks can be assembled by anyone,” he promises. Uh, has he seen our origami crane? Okay, we’ll trust him on this one.

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