Meet The Team

 

justin mabry

VP Art Direction / Character Design

Trick or Treat Studios is proud to have Justin Mabry as our VP of Art Direction and Character Design. In this role, Justin runs our Halloween sculpting team and defines the direction of our Halloween Product line. Justin Mabry comes to Trick or Treat Studios with over 20 years experience masking Scary Halloween Masks and models, and is responsible for creating many horror masterpieces that are on the shelves of mask collectors all over the world. More

 

mckenzie cullem

VP Operations

Trick or Treat Studios is thrilled to have McKenzie Cullem as our VP of Operations. McKenzie comes to us with a strong Sales background and has extensive knowledge of the Retail environment. McKenzie earned herBusiness Degree at California State University, Monterey Bay and applies her business skills on a daily basis at Trick or Treat Studios. McKenzie handles all the daily operations of the company, including Management of the Sales Team, Business Operations, Inbound and Outbound Fulfillment, Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payables, Customer Relations and all the ins and outs of running a major Halloween company. More

 

erich lubatti

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Trick or Treat Studios is honored to have Erich Lubatti on our Halloween Mask sculpting team. Erich began sculpting and mask making in 1984. He is a student of the Academy Award-winning make-up artist Dick Smith. In 1997, Erich opened Lubatti Designs Unlimited, one of the premier horror art studios on the net. In 2001, Erich became the Lead Sculptor for Gore Galore's "My Pet Zombie" line of life-sized zombie props. More

 

russ lukich

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

A childhood love of masks, and monsters led Ohio native Russ Lukich to start making his own creations at an early age.Sculpting and painting his own creatures became a passion that soon led him to pursue a career in film and television work.

Once moving to California, he was quick to lend his talents to the Make Up FX industry . His TV creature work has been seen in such shows as American Horror Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel. Russ' film credits include many genre favorites from film franchises including Hellboy, Silent Hill, Underworld, Resident Evil, Men in Black and Jurassic Park. His work will also appear in the upcoming Pacific Rim. More

 

Butch X

Character Design

For the past 13 years, Butch X has been a professional Artist. Butch's artistic skills include painting, clothing design, merchandise design and jewelry design. In addition to Butch's artistic skills, he has also put those skills to work as writer and producer of Candy Corn the Movie, which is currently in production. Butch is also the owner of Butch-O-Vision. which sells all of Butch's original wears. More

 

Michael Burnett

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Michael Burnett is a mask maker, prop builder and FX makeup artist.

Two time Emmy nominated make-up artist Michael Burnett has been doing make-up in the film, and television industry for more than 30 years. Prior to forming his own make-up effects company MBP, he worked with academy award winning make-up artists Rick Baker, Greg Cannom and Michael Westmore. Some of Michael’s credits include, The Ben Stiller Show, Universal Soldier, The Forsaken, Star Trek Enterprise, Passions and Mad TV. Michael is currently the Director of design & development for FrightNight Studios, a Florida based company that creates makeup and effects for motion pictures, Television and Theme Parks including Bush Gardens, Universal Studios and Disney. More

 

aaron lewis

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Trick or Treat Studios is happy to have Aaron Lewis as part of our Scary Halloween Mask sculpting team. Aaron was the winner of the 2008 Maskapalooza Mask Making contest and metal rock god THOR onstage used one of Aaron’s mask creations during his concerts. In addition to mask making, Aaron is a contributor to HorrorShow magazine and has created T-shirt designs for HorrorShirts.com and Doctor Shocker’s Halloween Blood Drive. More

 

mario torres

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

We are thrilled to have Mario Torres be part of our Halloween Sculpting Team! Mario Torres has worked in the film industry for over 18 years. His work has been seen in many films such as Bicentenial Man, Hellboy 2, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Your Highness, Xmen Last Stand, Attack the Block, Sleepy Hollow and Paul. Mario Torres most recent films have been The Dark Knight Rises, Men In Black 3, Percy Jackson 2, The Walking Dead and Pacific Rim for Guillermo del Toro. More

 

tim martin

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Timothy Martin has been a Special make-up FX artist working on Hollywood films for over 15 years. He specializes in sculpting and painting and has been an instructor at the Stan Winston School of Character Arts having the most tutorials on that site to date. His crowning achievement has been as creature maquette designer and sculptor for Neil Blomkamp's Alien 5, making Tim one of a very few artists ever to have contributed to the design of the iconic Alien character. We are thrilled to have Tim on our team. More

 

kristin philips

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Kristen Phillips is a mask maker, prop builder and FX makeup artist.

Watching horror movies with her dad as a child sparked a love of monsters and the macabre and led her to a self directed study of special effects that began in her teens. Her years of experience as costume and makeup director at a major east coast haunted attraction inspired her to start her own business, Safari Anomalous, in 2007. The experience exposed her to what the Halloween/haunt industry had to offer, and she began to develop themes and concepts that were not being widely explored. Inspired by a love of science and the mysterious and disturbing qualities of the natural world, Kristen creates original and unique masks, props, costumes, and set pieces that tend to wander far from horror's well beaten path. More

 

connor deless

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

At a very young age, Conor became fascinated with the process of creating makeup, costumes and props from his favorite movies. This fascination led Conor to try the process himself. Conor began to teach himself how to sculpt and eventually he made his first latex face mask. From there Conor made replicas of his favorite movie maniac as well as several original pieces and he even created full costumes for Actors Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) and James Hong (Lo Pan) for special in character appearances. More

 

chris williams

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Chris grew up in San Diego, California. As a kid Chris was influenced by comic books (Frank Frazetta being my biggest influence) and horror movies (watching Monstervision, Universal, 80s horror movies). At the age of 10, Chris started making his own costumes and masks out of paper mache. At the age of 19, Chris started working at a local haunts and eventually worked his way up to being a makeup artist and prop maker for haunts. Chris than a freelance artist doing private commissions for Halloween masks and maquette resin kits. Some of Chris's work includes the Haunted Hotel as a makeup and prop Artist and his appearances at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery for his custom painting of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures based on designs from the IDW Publishing Comic Book. Trick or Treat Studios is thrilled to have Chris on our team!. More

 

jason thomas

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Jason M. Thomas, a native central Floridian, has been in the special effects industry for over 20 years.

Jason is the head sculptor for the Universal Studios Orlando prosthetics department and has worked on many projects throughout the park. Projects such as Halloween Horror Nights, Grinchmas, and the Gringotts dragon at Diagon Alley are just a few examples of where you may see his work. As owner of Blackjack Creature Company, Jason has turned much of his focus to the haunt industry creating original masks and props. More

 

robert short

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Academy Award winner Robert Short's three decades of outstanding technical, creative and artistic achievement in the field of entertainment have brought to life many of the screens most indelible character icons. "Beetlejuice's" afterlife inhabitants, the enchanting mermaid from "Splash" , the latest incarnation of "Herbie; the love bug, the inspirational heart light for "E.T." and the early development of the terrifying design of "The Predator". Some of Robert's other projects include visual effects and make-up effects supervision for the film "Punisher; War Zone", and NBC's Emmy nominated series "Surface" as well as directing "Shine On Me". The music video named by New Yorker magazine as the "Best music video of 2008". More

 

peter infelise

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

We are thrilled to have Pete Infelise be part of our Halloween Mask Sculpting Team! Peter is a Chicago based Independent Mask Maker and founder of the Devil's Workshop.

Peter's amazing masks have appeared in issues of Playboy Magazine, Kitbuilder Magazine, Headhunters Quarterly and have been featured at major conventions including Wonderfest, Maskfest & Monsterpalooza. Working as an instructor at the Illinois Institute of Art since 2001, Pete's other professional artistic endeavors include Web and Motion Design. More

 

william malone

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design /Motion Picture Director

We are honored to have one of our all time favorite Halloween Mask Sculptors on our team, William Malone!

Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, William Malone was inspired with film making during weekly trips to the Lucian Theater to see the latest releases of horror films. By age 14, Malone was making home movies with a 8mm camera and designing monster masks for himself and friends to wear for Halloween. More

 

kelly mann

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

We are thrilled to have Kelly Mann on our sculpting team. Kelly is an Emmy Award winner, who followed a boyhood dream in 1977 when he accepted his first professional job as a makeup artist, working for a TV station in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he grew up. Subsequent work in theater makeup, outdoor attractions, and other live performances eventually led to Kelly's decision to pursue a makeup career in Hollywood, California. Kelly has freelanced as a mask maker, makeup artist, and special effects artist, working on many films, TV shows, theater, and print ads for many leading producers, directors, actors and major film, Television, and entertainment companies, including Universal Studios, New Line pictures, Lorimar television, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Studios, Buena Vista Pictures, and Walt Disney Imagineering. More

 

casey wong

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Casey Wong is a native Californian or as he calls himself a Karloffornian. He is a self taught artist who wanted to make monsters since the age of four years old, after seeing Universal Studios 1931 production of Frankenkenstein & Universal Studios 1957 biopic production of Man of a Thousand Faces. Casey’s earliest inspirations were those involved in the art of makeup, used by Lon Chaney Sr., Jack Pierce, Dick Smith and Rick Baker... Monster Maker ! As his aspirations in the field of makeup effects and the history of his beloved horror genre / industry grew, Casey soon found mentors, who urged and helped propel him to follow his dreams of becoming a monster maker.More

 

rich krusell

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design Design

New York City-based artist, Rich Krusell, started making his mark in the art world as an illustrator and aerosol artist with aspirations to one day work for Marvel Comics. Having worked in advertising as a graphic designer (traditional & digital) for over 18 years, he found himself at a crossroads. Inspired by watching horror & sci-fi films growing up, he shifted his energies to one of his oldest loves: sculpture, mask making & special makeup effects. Today, he is co-owner of "Gotham FX", an FX shop serving the NYC metropolitan area and beyond. We are very proud to have Rich on our team working alongside his old friend Justin Mabry. More

 

jason king

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Jason King is a self taught artist, born and raised in San Diego, CA. Jason grew up watching 80's horror movies as well as a natural born Halloween fanatic, he began experimenting with special effects make up at 10 years old, terrorizing his friends and family with fake wounds and more fake blood than a child should have access to.

His first job was acting at a Halloween Haunted Attraction which led to working as a Makeup Artist which led to a life long interest in making Halloween masks. More

 

alexander rey

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Alex grew up with a love for action figures, comics and 80’s horror films and had aspirations to one day work in one of these industries. This would eventually lead him to pursue a degree in studio art where he would study painting and sculpture and discover an interest in sculpting portraits for masks and sixth scale toys. Alex has since sculpted portraits for several sixth scale action figures and his work can be found in many private collections. Luckily for us, Alex's amazing work is now part of Trick or Treat Studios! More

 

ryan bean

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Ryan was inspired by monsters, creatures, and fictional characters in film from a very early age. Eventually, he became a mask and prop collector with a focus on horror, fantasy, and sci-fi creatures, and began to take an interest in sculpting in 2001. Since then, he has fallen in love with it and completed a few personal bust and mask projects in his spare time.

Ryan came to realize that sculpting is his passion, and looks forward to expanding his horizons to create more original designs as he shifts gears and begins crafting latex masks for Trick or Treat Studios. More

 

bruce spaulding fuller

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Fueled by comic books, Monster magazines, and the Saturday afternoon creature features, Bruce longed to be a Mad Doctor just like Dr. Frankenstein and his ilk - toiling away on the birth of monsters. Through magazines like Famous Monsters of Filmland, and later Starlog and Fangoria, secrets were divulged, information was gleaned and Bruce came to understand that monsters were made on Hollywood soundstages by makeup artists & monster makers extraordinaire such as Lon Chaney, Jack Pierce and Dick Smith. Pursuing that dream, he worked the standard jobs of any young man while refining his talents at night in his apartment laboratories. More

 

daniel horne

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Daniel has been making art professionally for the past thirty one years.From paperback covers and children's books to gallery paintings and one of a kind art dolls, Daniel's art is in many private collections from Hong Kong to New York City.

Daniel's art has been featured in many of the genre's leading magazines and has been honored to have his painting: ARCADIA on the cover of : SPECTRUM the best of fantastic art., The covers for MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT, SCREEM MAGAZINE and a fine interview in make up artist magazine. Daniel's classic monster paintings are in the collection of DAVID and JAN HAFT, GUILLERMO DEL TORO, RICK BAKER, GREG NICOTERO . No matter the medium, Daniel gives each and every one of his creations life and a history. More

 

Lauren Zephro

Halloween Mask Photographer / Owner

Trick or Treat Studios is thrilled to have Dr. Lauren Zephro as our official Halloween Mask Photographer and Videographer.

Lauren has an extensive background in crime scene and forensic photography, so we figured it was time to put her to work, which works out perfectly, given that she is also one of the two owners of Trick or Treat Studios. Look for Lauren's pictures and video throughout the website. More

 

chris zephro

President/Owner

A lifetime passion for Halloween and Halloween masks led Chris Zephro to his dream of owning a Halloween based business. After a five year friendship with Chris’s favorite Mask Sculptor and Designer, Justin Mabry, Chris had the artistic force to make the company possible.

Together with the help of our friends and support of our family, Trick or Treat Studios was born. Prior to starting Trick or Treat Studios, Chris earned his MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and spent 20+ years in Corporate America, doing everything from Operations Management to Marketing to Finance to ending his career in Corporate America by running the Supply Chain Organization for Seagate Technolog. More

 

John Wrightson

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Trick or Treat Studios is thrilled to have John Wrightson as part of our Halloween Mask sculpting team. Originally from upstate New York, John currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he has immersed himself in the world of special effects.

Raised in a creative home with his well-known artist father, Bernie Wrightson,John has become an accomplished sculptor and painter in his own right, having worked at the prestigious Patrick Talopoulos Design Studio as well as the renowned Stan Winston Studio. More

 

tom devlin

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

We are thrilled to have Tom Devlin be part of our Halloween Mask Sculpting Team! Tom Devlin has been working professionally as a special makeup effects artist for 13 years. If you've ever met Tom, it is clear that monsters, horror movies and Halloween are not just a job for him, but a passion.

Through his company 1313FX, Tom has provided creatures and special makeup effects on over 100 feature films, working with many of the actors and directors that inspired his path. In addition to his work in film and television, Tom has created a line of Halloween masks for the Haunted Attractions industry. He has been selling his creations to some of the most well-known haunts across the country for the last 6 years. Tom recently appeared as a contestant on the SyFy reality series "Face Off". He quickly became a fan favorite with his winning horror villain "Teddy Told Me To", a terrifying take on the teddy bear. More

 

Michael "Mikey" Rotella

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Born and raised in North Jersey, Mikey dreamt of being an monster maker since he was 6 years old. Watching films like Dawn of the Dead, The Exorcist, and An American Werewolf in London at a ridiculously young age instilled a blood curdling fear and eventual obsession with monsters, Halloween, and 70's/80's horror.

Mikey worked on the film "Dogma" at the age of 15, and knew that there was only one career choice in his future. He moved to Los Angeles, where he resides today, and realized his dream of becoming a professional sculptor in the film, television, and Halloween industries. More

 

rick fisher

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Trick or Treat Studios is proud to have Rick Fisher as part of our amazing team of Halloween Sculptors. Rick Fisher has been involved in sculpting and mask making since 1999 and in 2010, Rick started SikRik Masks.

Rick has developed a loyal customer base and has a lineup of very popular Officially Licensed masks, including a GG Allin, Andre the Giant, Jeff Clayton ANTiSEEN and DEVO Booji Boy mask. As a sculptor and mask maker Rick’s biggest influence comes from music, which is why we’ve assigned Rick to do the first Officially Licensed Motorhead War Pig Mask to be released in 2015. More

 

chris russell

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

Chris Russell realized his love for monsters as a child. Chris' father, a magician who designed illusions and special effects for local haunted attractions, inspired Chris to become involved in all things scary. Chris got his first job at a magic and costume store at the tender age of 12, and the rest is history.

Chris has been making custom High Quality Collector Halloween Masks and costumes since 2000. Chris has supplied all sorts of custom masks, costumes and props many popular pro haunted attractions across the USA, as well as films. More

 

Eric Pigors

Artist / Cartoonist / Character Design

Trick or Treat Studios is proud to be the exclusive Halloween Mask Maker for the artwork of Eric Pigors and his unique horror style called Toxictoons.

Eric studied animation under artists from Walt Disney Studios at Brandes Art in Northridge, CA. Eric has worked in the animation industry for 20 years on such films as Brad Bird and Tim Burton’s project for Steven Speilberg’s Amazing Stories, The Family Dog. More

 

Johnny Ace and Kali Verra

Artist / Cartoonist / Character Design

Johnny Ace not only earned his "official rat fink artist" title from Ed "Big Daddy" Roth for 20 years of loyal service, but continues to honor the spirit of Roth Studios in his work. He was one of the originators of the punk flyer/poster artform and has worked in such varied fields as the skateboard industry, comics, toy prototypes, computer games, and too much more than this space will allow! More

 

David Hartman

Artist / Cartoonist / Character Design

Trick or Treat Studios is thrilled to be the exclusive Halloween Mask Maker for the artwork of David Hartman and his characters from Side Show Monkey.

David mastered his craft at The Columbus College of Art and Design and went on to do animation at Sony Pictures and Walt Disney's Television divisions. Although achieving fame for his Directorial work on Disney's My Friends Tigger and Pooh, we love David most for his Side Show Monkey Characters and the amazing art work he did for Rob Zombie's American Witch and Lords of Salem animated videos. More

 

Neal Kennemore

Halloween Mask Sculptor / Character Design

We are absolutely giddy to have the amazing Neal Kennemore be part of our Halloween Mask sculpting team! Neal is a third generation sculptor working in the Film, TV, Halloween and Collectable industry. Born in Burbank, CA at Saint Joseph Hospital, right across the street from Disney Animation Studios.

Neal’s bloodline in sculpting started with his Grandfather, the legendary Disney and Creature FX Sculptor and Designer Michael McCracken. Followed by his Father, the well known Creature FX Sculptor Jeff Kennemore, whose sculpting work was featured in John Carpenter's The Thing, Twilight Zone: The Movie, and Poltergeist II, just to name a few. More