Four Decades of Austin Chronicle Halloween Mask Covers

photo by Zeke Barbaro, posted Oct. 24, 2022. #1 of 40 photos.

Every year since 1982 (The Austin Chronicle's second year in print), the Halloween issue has offered a scary mask and accompanying mask instructions. While the early years were devoted to homages to horror movie icons, the mask has morphed into a political statement, reflecting the character of the times and satirizing real-life figures famous – or infamous – to Austinites.

2021: The Hounds of Hell

Taking inspiration from Cerberus, the guard dog of Hades, we selected Texas' three heads of state – Gov. Greg Abbott, A.G. Ken Paxton, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick – as our joint 2021 dishonorees.


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