From costume parties to haunted hayrides to trick-or-treating, if Halloween is your favorite time of year then Specter Studios in Pittsburgh might have just what you’re looking for. The Sharpsburg-based studio designs, manufactures and distributes an entire line of custom costumes, masks, props and more to serve the needs of even the most discriminating customer.
If you’re in need of a Krampus full mask, polar bear rug, satyr pants or a flying monkey costume (and really, who isn’t), Specter has you covered. The company, which employs just seven people, cranks out more than 10,000 items a year – all of which are handmade and shipped from the Pittsburgh headquarters.
And it’s not just Halloween aficionados that have taken a liking to Specter Studios’ creative designs. A slew of Hollywood film and television productions have featured Specter products, including AMC’s Breaking Bad, which featured a foam axe prop in its season four finale.
Most recently (and quite unexpectedly), heightened demand has caused wolf half masks to fly off the shelves, with dozens of orders being made every day. It’s all thanks to the popularity of a viral music video out of Norway called “What Does the Fox Say.” According to company owner Mark Marsen, the increased sales of the fox mask came pretty much out of nowhere, which illustrates the challenges in anticipating the popularity of any particular design.
Marsen and Specter Studios’ Business & Operations Manager Eanna Holten were recently featured on WPXI’s Our Region’s Business. Check out the interview below to learn more about the company and the unusual Pittsburgh connection that one of Marsen’s favorite masks has.