Easy Halloween Face Painting Designs

Easy Halloween Face Painting Designs

With Halloween quickly approaching, face painting season is kicking into high gear. Try these easy, but immensely child-pleasing Halloween "cheek art" designs at class parties, fall festivals and homecoming carnivals.

What you need

Face Paints


Begin with good quality, water-based face paints. You can find them online or in some theatrical stores. A palette of six, good-quality face paints is priced around $20.00 and includes enough paint for 70 or more cheek art designs. Water-based face paints apply as easily as watercolors and remove cleanly with a paper towel and water and now face paint pens are very popular.

For a small gathering of children, two or three small to medium sized paint brushes will be sufficient. A bowl of water to rinse the brushes and a roll of paper towels conclude the list of basic supplies.

In my opinion, the simplest design to paint is that of a ghost. The basic shape of the ghost is that of a triangle. With a brush loaded with white paint, paint a loose triangle by creating a wavy line to outline the ghost. Fill in with more white paint, dot on black eyes and a smile and the ghost is complete.

Nothing is “sweeter” than a face dotted with painted candy corn. The basic shape is a pyramid, with yellow on the bottom third, orange on the middle third and white at the peak. You can create a candy corn crown by painting the candies in succession along the forehead.

To paint a jack-o-lantern, begin with a circle or oval of orange paint. When the orange paint dries, add small triangles in black paint for the eyes and nose and paint a toothy smile in black as well. Add a green stem and your jack-o-lantern is complete.

The most important thing to remember when face painting is to have fun and keep it simple! Children aren’t expecting a Picasso to be painted on their face. They simply love to celebrate the occasion and face painting is the perfect way to light up the face of any child.

About The Author

JoAnne Westcott is the author of Easy Face Painting: How You Can Get Professional Results Even If You’ve Never Picked Up A Paintbrush.

You can learn more about face painting and how to acquire the simple skills to get started by visiting http://www.easyfacepainting.com.


  1. nice nice nice!!!

  2. Whatever. It’s cool.

  3. sunshinebaby says

    My Mother always told me “If U Don’t have something NICE to say then don’t say anything at all”. I for one love the ideas & the instructions are great. Imagination people that is what this site is all about.

  4. i don’t care if you dont have pics its goof and fun for children well done * x * x *

  5. giftshopgirl says

    I think its a great idea and I think its better to use your imagination and create your own art instead of being a copycat

  6. Not having a picture is ok but it always helps!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I never realised time spent with ones child was wasted… I think this craft was a great idea!

  8. The craft is written very well! This user may not have a camera or the time to put pics on this craft you should be happy she or he even put this craft up, i know some pple want pics just to see but you should at least try and be creative! Very good craft

  9. Yes, no help without photos.

  10. The point is, in my case anyways, I’d like to see a sample of what the fac painting looks like before I waste my time trying it out on my child.

  11. Zebras7890 says

    it doesn’t need pics its brilliant and very simple

  12. Okay, you only need pictures if you don’t know what a TRIANGLE is or you’ve never seen a pumpkin in your life. Learn your shapes and colors grown ups and get over yourselves.

  13. i think we needed some,for me it takes pics for me to get ideas,but all the same time i like the webb site.

  14. defo needs some pics!!!

  15. this is a wonderful craft for kids

  16. PLEASE give us example pics!

  17. raise hell men

  18. Ummm some people were rude so I thought I would say that those ideas are really cute and there is a website if u NEED ur pictures or didn’t u see that cuz u didn’t read!!

  19. Where’s the Pics?

  20. showed no pictures

  21. you might want to add like 1 pic. thes people just dont have imagination there crap!!!!!!

  22. You are da Bomb!

  23. Great thanks, Pictures would be good but I really get an idea of what to do.. It has helped inspire me and thats what I was looking for. Besides there isnt anything else on the net. Thanks

  24. doesn’t help without pictures!

  25. needs pictures

  26. We all learn in a different manner. I myself learn visually and would have benefitted from some pics. And YES I finished kindegarten too! For those of you that aren’t visual learners, lay off those that r. We all do things differently. Respect that.

  27. Ilove it! I love all of your other ideas too!:) You don’t have to have pictures if you don’t want too!:)

  28. I would have put pics if I were you!
    It needs pics!

  29. I couldn’t have thought of anything better. It was good!

  30. no pics

  31. CraftBits (Shellie Wilson) says

    I am always looking for help to add pictures to these projects, we have over 1600 projects and I am can’t get around to all of them just yet. Your help will be greatly apreciated, just e-mail them to me.

  32. One would think that a page giving directions on face painting would have photo’s… but the directions are very clear and easy to visualize… more importantly FREE thank you very much for the attempt! Sally

  33. needs some pictures i want to see what they look like!!!

  34. Didn’t need pictures – very well described. Thanks!! Love the pumpkin and candy corn ideas!

  35. CraftBits (Shellie Wilson) says

    This project is a guideline that has been submitted by a member. If you would like to add photos to this project to help expand this free website then please forward your images to me and I will be happy to add them to this project.

  36. You guys give me a break. It is plain and simply put into English, and did you not finish Kindergarten? Take the time to read, and you will see. It is a great blessing to have a website such as this not trying to charge us to read this. Thanks for helping

  37. chinchilla_chilieboy says

    goodbut need pic

  38. needs pitcure

  39. needs pictures like how r people going to learn how to face paint when there is no pics (needs more pics )

  40. need pictures to make ideas come across to viewer more easily

  41. If someone was leaening how to face paint or get ideas it would help alot to have pictures, cause it doesn’t really help me right now because there are no pics. πŸ™

  42. Needs pics coz u cant see what they look like

  43. needs pics

  44. Should have pictures!

  45. needs pictures

  46. rubbish

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