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Face Painting for Halloween -- Cute and Scary Ideas

Updated on September 5, 2014
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Simple Face Painting Ideas for Halloween

Face painting for Halloween is a lot of fun no matter what age you are! Just about every Halloween costume will look more impressive if you leave some time once the costumes are on for face painting. Halloween themes these days range from spooky ghosts and scary monsters to cute creatures and bugs, and even fruit and vegetables. Not forgetting, of course, the classic pumpkin. All of these cute costume ideas can be enhanced with a little face painting.

If you want scary face painting designs for older kids and adults, head on over to my other face painting for Halloween guide.


Pumpkin Face Painting for Halloween

This little pumpkin face painting video doesn't have a voice-over but there are some text captions to give you clear instructions for each key stage in the pumpkin painting. And the end result is so adorable that I couldn't resist sharing it with you!

NOTE: Here is an easier pumpkin face painting for Halloween tutorial WITH audio instructions which might be better for first-time pumpkin face painting!

The face painting colors used in the pumpkin face painting video tutorial below are:

* red for the outlines

* orange for the main color

* brown for shading

* black for the eye triangles and the mouth

* green for the stalk

* a touch of white for some highlights.

Awww, isn't this little pumpkin cute!

Paint Your Own Little Pumpkin

Halloween Colors

Snazaroo 1172070 Face Paint Palette Kit - Halloween
Snazaroo 1172070 Face Paint Palette Kit - Halloween

Get the colors you need for those Halloween faces in this easy-to-use Snazaroo kit. Kid-friendly paints that get the thumbs up from parents and artists. Contains red, orange, white, black, grey, purple, brown and green, plus an applicator sponge and a brush for finer detail.



Skull Face Painting for Halloween - A face painted skull for kids

This is a very quick video but I like this face painting tutorial from bemycanvas a lot because it's a super-easy skull face that anyone can create on a child or even on yourself. Once you've seen the face she will give you step by step images of how she created it. All in under a minute!

Alternative Kids Skull Face Paint Idea

A Step by Step Skeleton Face Painting Tutorial

Here's another video tutorial which you can view over on YouTube: Skull Tutorial.

Face painting VideoJug expert Karina shares one of her fantastic face painting Halloween designs in this video tutorial of how to transform your cute kid into a horrible skull! She'll even show you how to paint on cracks.

Kids will be thrilled at the horrible effect that can be achieved with only some white and black face paint.

Karina's top face painting for Halloween tips:

* Once you have the basic white face paint add black to eye sockets in a rectangular shape

* Use your sponge to blend in the dark shadows in the temple and cheek areas

* Remember to make skull teeth larger on the top jaw than on the bottom

* White highlights make the dark areas look even darker

* Use a fine brush to add on the cracks with black paint

Paint Your Scary Skull

Snazaroo Zebra Face Paint Theme Kit with Sponge
Snazaroo Zebra Face Paint Theme Kit with Sponge

It's easy to paint a skull on your face with just black and white, even better if you have a grey paint too.

This kit gives you just what you need. If you feel adventurous, you can attempt the bonus zebra face paint design too -- great for parties at any time of year!



Pirate Face Painting for Halloween - Video tutorial from a Disney face painting artist

A pirate is a fantastic costume choice for boys in particular, though girls can also be just as fearsome as pirates. If you are looking for easy Halloween costumes to make, this is definitely one to consider.

No matter whether it's a girl or a boy pirate you are getting into costume this Halloween, face painting can really finish off that pirate look. It's also a lot more impressive than simply putting on an eye patch and looking like every other pirate in town.

Why not take some tips from a true professional -- Disney face painting artist Rebecca Downin.

Rebecca's top face painting for Halloween tips:

* Use water-based, hypoallergenic theatrical make up

* Have a cup of water, brushes and baby wipes handy

* Add some sparkle with glitter designed for the skin


Tiger Face Painting for Halloween - A kid-friendly tiger design for Halloween and parties

Professional clown and face painter Shana has a tiger face painting tutorial with kids in mind. A tiger is a fun Halloween costume that's a little bit different and kids won't be able to wait to show off their tiger face paint to their friends!

Shana's tutorials are friendly and fun. She paints on herself and explains everything clearly, so you might also want to look out for her butterfly face painting tutorial. She also uses only a few colors so her face painting designs are not expensive to copy. For the tiger, you will need only orange, yellow, black and white face paints.

Her deluxe tiger face painting further down this page is more difficult and has been included just for fun. This one is the one to use unless you are already an experienced face painter yourself.

Shana's top face painting for Halloween tips:

* Start with lightest colors first

* Avoid painting right over the lips if kids are going to be eating

* Vary pressure on the brush to vary the thickness of lines

* Younger kids might not be comfortable with painting too close to the eye

Snazaroo 1118553 Classic Face Paint, 18ml, Orange
Snazaroo 1118553 Classic Face Paint, 18ml, Orange

Snazaroo say that these 18ml compact face paints each have enough paint in them for over 100 full faces!


Really Cool Grown Up Face Painting for Halloween Videos - Don't let kids have all the fun!

Some of these have minimal or no instruction but they are interesting face painting designs for adults, if you are up to having a go at copying them.

In order:

1. Pumpkin

2. Skull

3. Corpse Bride (with instructions)

Face Painting for All Occasions with Snazaroo - 16 Color Face Paint Wheel

This popular Snazaroo 16 Color Face Painting Wheel for Walk Around Pallet gives you a wide choice of colors -- ideal if you are holding a face painting party or if you have more than one kid to paint and they want to be totally different characters. Snazaroo say there is enough paint here to do 80 full faces!

16 COLOR PAINT WHEEL Snazaroo Face Painting Pallet
16 COLOR PAINT WHEEL Snazaroo Face Painting Pallet

Parents and professionals alike love Snazaroo face paints. The vibrant colors go on so easily and stay put, but when the fun's over they wash off again with no fuss. They are also gentle on the skin.


© 2010 Indigo Janson

Do you love painting your face for Halloween?

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    6 years ago from United States

    Still, by far, the best face painting resource online!

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    6 years ago

    Gonna try em..... excited!.. :))))

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    7 years ago

    Learnt some painting tips here.

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    7 years ago

    I love the pirate! Fantastic makeup ideas!

  • mermaidlife profile image


    7 years ago

    I like the way the mouth looks like it's sewn shut on some of them.

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    7 years ago

    The tiger theme for facepainting is welcomed by all ages.

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    8 years ago

    Face painting is a great costume and limitless possibilities!

  • Mrmakingusmile LM profile image

    Mrmakingusmile LM 

    8 years ago

    Face painting is truly an art. Thank you for making me smile.

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    8 years ago from USA

    What fun! This is a very nice page,

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    8 years ago

    It is just amazing all the Halloween decorations, costumes, make up and accessories there is these days!

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    8 years ago from Montreal

    Some cool Halloween ideas here :)

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    oztoo lm 

    8 years ago

    Love your face painting lenses and this one is no exception. Great information and ideas. I used to do face painting at my daughters school fetes. The kids just love it.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    8 years ago from United States

    Wow, these are great! Would you believe I just painted my son's face and 2 of his friends for Zombie night a few weeks ago. I sure wish I had seen this lens before that. I was working off of memory. They are all really nice guys and were complimentary of my painting job, but I have to admit, that intro picture makes my face painting look very weak.

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    8 years ago

    this looks fun

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    Carol Fisher 

    8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

    Looking at these pictures, I really wish there had been face painting around when I was a child.


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