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Some of the best Halloween costumes involve face painting. Use this collection of Halloween face paint ideas to up your game with Halloween costumes this year!

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I don’t know about you, but spending hours at the store trying to find the perfect Halloween costume for your child doesn’t sound appealing…at all.

Why spend hours costume hunting when you could use that same time transforming nearly normal clothes into a DIY Halloween costume. But what can you do to make the costume look just right and give your kids the exact look they had in mind?

Face paint, of course!

Don’t bother wasting your money (or your time!) on those cheap masks that break the first time you wear them – or maybe worse – you have to store them somewhere and probably won’t be used again anyway.

And if by some chance your child has absolutely no clue what he or she wants to be this year, then let these face painting ideas inspire them! 

If you want to give your child a unique look for Halloween – or your kid wants to take his or her costume to the next level – face paint is a great way to do it!

We’ve found a combination of sweet, silly, and spooky faces, so there’s something here for all ages. Enjoy!

Are you looking for face paint? Check out this set! It’s our favorite. And don’t forget about decorating your doors to add even more fun to your Halloween experience.

Halloween Face Paint Ideas for Kids For The Scariest Look Possible

With this collection of easy Halloween face paint examples, you can save money and time (and have more fun) with face paint. You don’t need mad artistry skills – just a willingness to experiment!

1. A Favorite “Nightmare Before Christmas” Look – Jack Skellington Makeup

Jack Skellington face paint example

Get the“Jack Skellington” look from The Nightmare Before Christmas in just 15 minutes. All you need is some white and black face paint.

And you don’t need any special painting skills to pull it off, either. Easy peasy! And your kid’s gonna love it!

2. Simple And Beautiful – Wicked Witch Look

girls dressed as a wicket witch with green face paint

You’ll see some complicated-looking face paint designs on this list, but I love this very simple idea for a witch.

It shows that you don’t need a lot of intricate detail or mega face painting skills to pull off a great costume for kids. Just give it a try and you can have the Wicked Witch from Oz walking around the block and filling her bags with candy.

3. How to do Batman Face Paint

Is your kiddo a fan of the Caped Crusader? Watch the Batman face paint video tutorial to find out how to recreate the look. Achieving this Batman look is much simpler than it sounds. And your kids’ are going to love it, too.

4. Day of the Dead Face Paint For Halloween

Day of the Dead face paint

If your kids are fans of the movie “Coco” (who isn’t??), then you need to check out this sweet makeup idea. Try this Day of the Dead face paint tutorial, and give your kids a lesson on the cultural festivity to boot.

5. Cat in the Hat Costume Or How You Don’t Need To Be An Artist To Paint Your Kids’ Faces For Halloween

Cat In The Hat Tutorial a kid with a hat big bow tie and whiskers

Pumpkins are huge on Halloween. You see them practically everywhere you look, especially around Halloween. So, why not mask our kid as one?

Your little pumpkin will look adorable with a jack-o-lantern face. It’s a simple design that makes a big impact. I love the bold colors!

7. The Cutest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ever

Teenage mutant ninja turtle face paint

This “Teenage Mutant Turtles” face paint idea may look like a complicated Halloween face painting project at first glance, but all you need to do is start with the colored eye mask and layer on the rest of the details.

The best part: it doesn’t have to be perfect so there’s no pressure! If you ask me, as long as there’s a green face and a mask, your Teenage Mutant Turtle is ready to go and scare the neighbors.

8. Sweet Dinosaur Halloween Face Paint Idea

boy with dinosaur face paint

Show me a boy who doesn’t love dinosaurs because I’ve never met one! This easy face paint tutorial makes for a very easy costume!

9. Cute Puppy Face Video Tutorial For Your Kids’ Halloween This Year

Is your little one into dogs? Then, how about dressing up like one for Halloween? It’s a great idea both for boys and girls.

Give your kiddo a cute dog face to go with those puppy dog eyes. Use the step-by-step tutorial to guide you through the entire process. You don’t need special drawing skills and the result is simply adorable.

10. Scary Halloween Makeup: Zombie Face Painting Tutorial

Zombie Face painting example

Halloween is the scariest holiday we have. And kids are usually very excited about it.

If your child likes a spookier look, try zombie face paint. Oh, this design is creepy! It looks very difficult, but don’t fear because there’s a very helpful tutorial to guide you through it.

What Do You Need?

  • A sponge
  • Black face paint
  • White face paint
  • A brush
  • A bowl of warm water
  • Face wipes or Flannel

It’s really simple to achieve the zombie face, as long as you paint the face white first and add the details one by one in the process. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same as in the tutorial – after all, all zombies look different.

11. The Sweetest Koala Bear Face Paint for Kids

girl with Koala face paint

Is your child into fluffy Australian animals? Then, why not paint them up as a koala for Halloween?

A gray sweatsuit and this koala face paint will make an adorable and easy Halloween costume. If your kiddo likes koala bears, this idea is a must! It’s adorable.

12. Fairy Princess Face Paint For Magical Look On Halloween

Girl with fairy princess face paint

Only moms of girls know what it’s like for their children to be obsessed with fairies and princesses. The dresses, the glitter, the makeup… If you know what I am talking about, you (and your daughters) are going to love this beautiful Halloween look.

Fairy princess face paint paired with a frilly dress, a wand, and fairy wings will look darling! This design looks intricate, but it’s very simple to pull off.

13. Simple Clown Face Paint For Fun Trick-Or-Treating

girl with clown face paint

As someone who has very limited painting skills, I need clear tutorials plus simple designs. This no-fuss clown design is both! I just love instructions that are simple and you don’t have to follow in the exact same way as shown, and yet, achieve fantastic results!

14. Need Inspiration For Your Kids’ Halloween Costumes? How About A Spider Web and Spider?

girl with black and purple spider web and spider on her face

Creepie Crawlies! If your kiddos are into insects – bugs, flies, butterflies, spiders, then I have a face paint tutorial that is just what you need!

This purple and black spider web tutorial will look terrific on both boys and girls. Feel free to play with colors and add some glitter here and there. Your kids are going to love it!

15. Black Cat Halloween Face Paint For Fun And Effortless Holiday Makeup

girl with black cat face paint

If you lack an artistic bone in your body, the idea of painting your kid’s face for Halloween may give you shivers. But let me prove to you that it’s actually simpler than it sounds!

A black cat is a purrfectly good costume for little ones. Paint the black cat’s face, put on a black outfit, and attach ears and a tail. Super simple!

16. Impress Everyone With This Fabulous Deer Halloween Face Paint For Kids

Girl with deer face paint

Oh, deer! This deer face tutorial is darling, and so is the little girl dressed as a deer fairy (and yes, that’s a thing).

Of all the face painting ideas for kids on this list, this one is one of the most simple. Check it out! It’s awesome!

17. The Easiest And Cutest Dragon Face Paint Tutorial Ever

Halloween Costumes Dinosaur and Unicorn Face Painting Tutorials for Kids

A dragon face is cool at any time of year, but it makes for a really cute Halloween costume for a girl or boy. Rawr!

18. Zebra Halloween Makeup Idea For Fun And Simple Makeup, Even If You Lack Artist Skills

girl with zebra face paint

Every zebra‘s stripes are unique, which totally takes the pressure off of doing a perfect job with this face paint job! And your children will love the final result, too!

Looking for Face Paint?

This set comes with almost every color you could need and a mixing tray to make blending a breeze!

face paint set

In Conclusion

Are you sold on face painting yet? Keep in mind, you can buy a face paint set and reuse it over and over again for many different occasions.

Plus with these easy Halloween face paint ideas, if your child changes his or her mind on the costume the night before, you can do a dive and catch (almost) effortlessly.

Which of these Halloween face paint for kids ideas was your favorite?

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Cat in the Hat is a classic, and it’s a Halloween look that’s ridiculously easy to accomplish!

As far as face paint goes, all you need is a little black paint for the nose and whiskers… and voila! Your kiddo is ready to grab their candy bag and go trick or treating.

6. Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Face Paint That Boys And Girls Will Love

jack-o-lantern Halloween face paint idea

Pumpkins are huge on Halloween. You see them practically everywhere you look, especially around Halloween. So, why not mask our kid as one?

Your little pumpkin will look adorable with a jack-o-lantern face. It’s a simple design that makes a big impact. I love the bold colors!

7. The Cutest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ever

Teenage mutant ninja turtle face paint

This “Teenage Mutant Turtles” face paint idea may look like a complicated Halloween face painting project at first glance, but all you need to do is start with the colored eye mask and layer on the rest of the details.

The best part: it doesn’t have to be perfect so there’s no pressure! If you ask me, as long as there’s a green face and a mask, your Teenage Mutant Turtle is ready to go and scare the neighbors.

8. Sweet Dinosaur Halloween Face Paint Idea

boy with dinosaur face paint

Show me a boy who doesn’t love dinosaurs because I’ve never met one! This easy face paint tutorial makes for a very easy costume!

9. Cute Puppy Face Video Tutorial For Your Kids’ Halloween This Year

Is your little one into dogs? Then, how about dressing up like one for Halloween? It’s a great idea both for boys and girls.

Give your kiddo a cute dog face to go with those puppy dog eyes. Use the step-by-step tutorial to guide you through the entire process. You don’t need special drawing skills and the result is simply adorable.

10. Scary Halloween Makeup: Zombie Face Painting Tutorial

Zombie Face painting example

Halloween is the scariest holiday we have. And kids are usually very excited about it.

If your child likes a spookier look, try zombie face paint. Oh, this design is creepy! It looks very difficult, but don’t fear because there’s a very helpful tutorial to guide you through it.

What Do You Need?

  • A sponge
  • Black face paint
  • White face paint
  • A brush
  • A bowl of warm water
  • Face wipes or Flannel

It’s really simple to achieve the zombie face, as long as you paint the face white first and add the details one by one in the process. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same as in the tutorial – after all, all zombies look different.

11. The Sweetest Koala Bear Face Paint for Kids

girl with Koala face paint

Is your child into fluffy Australian animals? Then, why not paint them up as a koala for Halloween?

A gray sweatsuit and this koala face paint will make an adorable and easy Halloween costume. If your kiddo likes koala bears, this idea is a must! It’s adorable.

12. Fairy Princess Face Paint For Magical Look On Halloween

Girl with fairy princess face paint

Only moms of girls know what it’s like for their children to be obsessed with fairies and princesses. The dresses, the glitter, the makeup… If you know what I am talking about, you (and your daughters) are going to love this beautiful Halloween look.

Fairy princess face paint paired with a frilly dress, a wand, and fairy wings will look darling! This design looks intricate, but it’s very simple to pull off.

13. Simple Clown Face Paint For Fun Trick-Or-Treating

girl with clown face paint

As someone who has very limited painting skills, I need clear tutorials plus simple designs. This no-fuss clown design is both! I just love instructions that are simple and you don’t have to follow in the exact same way as shown, and yet, achieve fantastic results!

14. Need Inspiration For Your Kids’ Halloween Costumes? How About A Spider Web and Spider?

girl with black and purple spider web and spider on her face

Creepie Crawlies! If your kiddos are into insects – bugs, flies, butterflies, spiders, then I have a face paint tutorial that is just what you need!

This purple and black spider web tutorial will look terrific on both boys and girls. Feel free to play with colors and add some glitter here and there. Your kids are going to love it!

15. Black Cat Halloween Face Paint For Fun And Effortless Holiday Makeup

girl with black cat face paint

If you lack an artistic bone in your body, the idea of painting your kid’s face for Halloween may give you shivers. But let me prove to you that it’s actually simpler than it sounds!

A black cat is a purrfectly good costume for little ones. Paint the black cat’s face, put on a black outfit, and attach ears and a tail. Super simple!

16. Impress Everyone With This Fabulous Deer Halloween Face Paint For Kids

Girl with deer face paint

Oh, deer! This deer face tutorial is darling, and so is the little girl dressed as a deer fairy (and yes, that’s a thing).

Of all the face painting ideas for kids on this list, this one is one of the most simple. Check it out! It’s awesome!

17. The Easiest And Cutest Dragon Face Paint Tutorial Ever

Halloween Costumes Dinosaur and Unicorn Face Painting Tutorials for Kids

A dragon face is cool at any time of year, but it makes for a really cute Halloween costume for a girl or boy. Rawr!

18. Zebra Halloween Makeup Idea For Fun And Simple Makeup, Even If You Lack Artist Skills

girl with zebra face paint

Every zebra‘s stripes are unique, which totally takes the pressure off of doing a perfect job with this face paint job! And your children will love the final result, too!

Looking for Face Paint?

This set comes with almost every color you could need and a mixing tray to make blending a breeze!

face paint set

In Conclusion

Are you sold on face painting yet? Keep in mind, you can buy a face paint set and reuse it over and over again for many different occasions.

Plus with these easy Halloween face paint ideas, if your child changes his or her mind on the costume the night before, you can do a dive and catch (almost) effortlessly.

Which of these Halloween face paint for kids ideas was your favorite?

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Did you find a Halloween face paint idea you loved? Don’t miss out on our other Halloween articles: