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!
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 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!
Halloween Face Paint Ideas for Kids
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!
Jack Skellington | Happiness is Homemade
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.
Wicked Witch | A Pumpkin and a Princess
You’ll see some complicated-looking face paint designs on this list, but I love this very simple idea because 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.
How to do Batman Face Paint | iVillage
Is your kiddo a fan of the Caped Crusader? Watch the Batman face paint video tutorial to find out how to recreate the look.
Day of the Dead Face Paint | Kid World Citizen
Try this Day of the Dead face paint tutorial, and give your kids a lesson on the cultural festivity to boot.
Cat in the Hat Costume | Desert Chica
Cat in the Hat is a classic, and it’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 done!
Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Face Paint | Face Painting Illusions
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!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Fanciful Faces
This 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!
Dinosaur Halloween Face Paint Idea | Snazaroo
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!
Cute Puppy Face | Parenting
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.
Zombie Face Painting Tutorial | Mouths of Mums
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.
Koala Bear Face Paint for Kids | Jelly Fish Prints
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.
Fairy Princess Face Paint | U Create
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.
Simple Clown Face Paint | Snazaroo
As someone who has very limited painting skills, I need clear tutorials plus simple designs. This no fuss clown design is both!
Spider Web and Spider | Styleoholic
Creepie Crawlies! This purple and black spider web tutorial will look terrific on both boys and girls.
Black Cat Halloween Face Paint | The Painted Otter
A black cat is a purrfectly good costume for little ones. Paint the black cat face, put on a black outfit, and attach ears and a tail. Super simple!
Deer Halloween Face Paint For Kids | Mermagblog
Oh deer! This deer face tutorial is darling, and so is the little girl dressed as a deer fairy. Of all the face painting ideas for kids on this list, this one is one of the most simple.
Dragon Face Paint | Parenting
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!
Zebra Halloween Face Paint Idea | Snazaroo
Every zebra’s spots are unique, which totally takes the pressure off of doing a perfect job with this face paint job!
Looking for Face Paint?
This set comes with almost every color you could need and a mixing tray to make blending a breeze!
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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