No fuzzy bunnies on Halloween |

No fuzzy bunnies on Halloween

Children might cry and adults may avoid resident Nicky Mast after her boyfriend, Joey Hale, is through with her today.

The 23-year-old Grass Valley resident plans to use his love of gory films and talent with special-effects makeup and costumes to dress Mast, 19, as a character from his favorite film series, “Hellraiser.”

A scalped head with a bloody brain showing, assorted gashes, a long black dress and black eye shadow set Mast apart last Halloween. They will again today when Hale dresses her up in the same gruesome costume.

“Everybody should be scared on Halloween,” Hale said. “It’s not meant to be about fuzzy bunnies.”

Hale has been interested in drawing all his life, but has gotten more interested in horror make-up in the past couple years, he said. He works the night shift at the Flyers Exxon on Plaza Drive.

Last year, Hale’s efforts won his girlfriend $100 in a Halloween costume contest at Longs Drugs, where Mast worked at the time. She defeated co-workers dressed in not-so-scary costumes including a Statue of Liberty, a fairy and a kitty cat.

Hale couldn’t find the commercial products that suit him for his work, so he got creative. To make the realistic gashes, he used ear-plug material and rolled it into thin strings, applied them to Mast’s arm with latex to form the edges of the cuts, then painted in a mixture of commercial “blood” to get just the effect he was looking for.

Last year, Mast wore two bald caps to cover her thick hair, and Hale used a gelatin mold to get the scalped bloody brain look.

“I made a little kid cry,” Mast said of effect. Some people simply avoided getting in her checkout line.

“You’re going to be my horror eye candy,” Hale told Mast jokingly as she recounted that experience and they discussed a redux.

Mast’s costume didn’t come cheap. Materials cost $200, and Hale took six hours to put it together. But that doesn’t daunt the budding artist.

“If I could make people look scary every day, that would be the best job,” Hale said. He dreams of working as a make-up artist for horror films, he added.

Family and friends are supportive of his hobby, though Hale has heard from some who think his work is disturbing.

“I like that if they tell me that,” Hale said with a wry smile.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@the or call 477-4234.

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