Since at least the early 90s I’ve always told myself that one day I’d be Dr. Zaius for Halloween. Sadly, each Halloween would come and go and I was never Dr. Zaius. I guess it’s because I never really knew how to go about getting his look down exactly. I wanted it to be perfect. It would be pointless otherwise and everyone would just mistake it for Donald Trump. It seemed like a lot of prosthetics would be involved and that I’d have to hire a professional makeup artist to get it just right. So in other words, something really expensive I couldn’t convince myself to do.
Halloween is soon upon us, and I, now an adult women, still want to be Dr. Zaius. It’s weird, I know, but I just gotta do this at some point in my life. So I got curious and started searching on the Internet if my childish 90s dream was still possible in 2016. And it is. That’s where the website Ape Mania comes in. They sell perfectly expensive latex Planet of the Apes masks but they also have a section called “Economy Masks.” Holy shit I finally struck Planet of the Apes gold, right?!
Each mask is handmade of durable, high quality latex and a blend of human and synthetic hair. The prices for the masks vary, but they average for about $145 each. That’s not too shabby considering it would probably end up costing you thousands it you wanted to go the prosthetic route and hire a Hollywood makeup artist. And who’s got time for that?
Now if you’re worried about the costume and accessories aspect you can score one of those “Made in China” discontinued Donald Trump suits pretty cheaply these days—just kidding—there’s a whole section on Ape Mania that supplies ape outfits, too. You can click here to view the accessaries.