Ghoul Glam: 19 Totally Do-able Halloween Face Painting Designs

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Kids Halloween makeup tutorials

Witches and zombies and vampires, oh my. If the thought of kids’ face painting sends a shiver down your spine, then fear not. With a little help from Youtube, it’s easy to brush up on your skills and bring a smile (or Frankenstein scar) to your tyke’s face.

Here are 23 Halloween face painting tutorials that will transform your little monster from cheeky to freaky!


A base of white face paint followed by some clever black brush strokes and your little bag of bones will be ready for lolly gathering.


So scary and so easy. No need to stick on fake fur, just use water-based paint and some quick brushstrokes has this little pup well on his way to warewolf status.

Cruella de Vil

An oldie but a goodie, and almost everything you need is in your makeup kit.

Miguel from Coco

Coco the movie is still incredibly popular, so celebrate the Day of the Dead with a quick Miguel makeup job. Bonus: this video tutorial also has easy pumpkin, rainbow unicorn and zombie makeup tutorials.


You’ll have the cutest little undead kid in town in just minutes with this quick-fire makeup tutorial.


If something a little less scary is on the Halloween menu at your haunted house, go for a cute kitty cat.


Not everyone’s cup of tea, but super popular with the kids, this clever tutorial for Pennywise makeup is what nightmares are made of.

Sugar Skull

A little bit sweet and little bit scary, this Sugar Skull tutorial is just the right balance for kids that want to do Halloween, without the gore.


A steady hand is needed for this look, but it’s well worth it to see the look on your little superhero’s face.


A little more involved, but a whole lot of impact for boys or girls wanting to channel a little bit of The Wizard of Oz.

Black, pink and light green face paint is a spellbinding combination for wannabe witches. And don’t forget the warts!


Dig your fangs into this awesome Count Dracula design. Ve zink eet vill be a hit!

Zombieeeeeee alert!

This zombie face paint will have trick or treaters on the run, especially when they spot the fake blood.

Spooky skeleton

Transform your tyke into a bag of bones! If they’re a bit wriggly, you might want to go easy around the eye area, but older kids will be dead keen for all the detail.

The Caped Crusader

Holy mackerel! If your kid is a Batman or Batgirl fan, then here’s a super fly design.


Wave your magic wand (paintbrush) and conjure up a kitty for Halloween. This is a purr-fect design for your cool cat.

Pumpkin head

Carve yourself a career as the family face painter! This Jack O’Lantern design is a great choice for your little gremlin.

Toy Story

If something a little sweeter is on the cards, then look no further than Toy Story 4 for inspo – the makeup is minimal but the impact is cuter-than-cute.


Who said all Halloween costumes have to be scary? Go for bright colours and a couple of little tricks of the trade for this striking mini mermaid.

Squiggly line

We have so many more Halloween tricks and treats up our sleeves – make sure you check out our costume ideas, recipes and decoration ideas.

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