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

Halloween face paint ideas collage day of the dead, dragon and nightmare before christmas

I don’t know about you, but spending hours at the store trying to find the perfect Halloween costume for my 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. 

Are you looking for face or forehead 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 Painting Ideas for Kids For The Scariest Look Possible

With this collection of easy face paint tutorials there are SO many different ideas to choose from!

You can save money and time (and have more fun) with face paint, plus it’s safer than trick-or-treating with a mask that could cover your child’s eyes and give them blind spots.

Also, beginners are welcome! 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 paint and black face paint (or markers).

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


If your kiddo is a fan of the Caped Crusader, watch this Batman face paint video tutorial to find out how to recreate the look. Achieving this Batman look is much simpler than it seems!

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,! So, why not mask your 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!

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 to swirl 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.

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