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5 Easy Halloween Face Paint Ideas for Kids

Posted by Kate Matthews on

HALLOWEEN may be somewhat of a controversial celebration in Australia, but for many Aussie kids (and the young at heart), Halloween is rapidly gaining popularity. For me it's better than Christmas! 

I love seeing the kids out and about; meeting their neighbours and walking the streets together with family and friends. All while dressed up as the little demons/goblins/witches etc they truly are. (I have 3 kidlets of my own, so I'm well qualified to make that statement).

Now if you're the type of person who doesn't like that sort of thing, please keep your bah-humbugs to yourself and try not to be a drag. Complaining just makes you sound boring. For everyone else, get ready to have some serious fun. 

Facepaint redback spider

TIP: pop up some decorations so the kids know you're Halloween-friendly.

And avoid door-knocking where there are no signs of fun out front.

Personally, I like to celebrate Halloween just as much as the kids. Come October 31, when they knock on my door, the game is on. I let out a loud cackle, open it slowly and emerge dressed as a wicked witch to hand out some sweeties to fatten those little buggers up. Ha! Every year there seems to be more and more children on my doorstep (I think the word is getting 'round). The reactions are often hilarious. Honestly, I have more fun than the kids.

Anyway, back to the point of this story... if your kids are planning their Halloween costumes - you might like to help them complete the look with face paint, make-up, and maybe even some pro quality special effects. Not only will they appreciate your effort, but it's also a great chance to enjoy valuable one-on-one time with your kids. Doing something other than arguing about homework for a nice change.

Oh - and don't forget to take some photos while they're willing.... even the older ones enjoy dressing up for Halloween and posing for photos ;)

But first, let's get serious about having some fun with face paint and special effects make-up,  fake blood and maybe even a little liquid latex for that super-gross-dead-skin-peeling-off look that makes a zombie really come to life, pardon the pun.

Global Colours Carnival Face Paint Kit

My first tip is to avoid cheap and nasty face paint and SFX supplies you find at the discount or craft store at this time of year. A quick google search will reveal there have been many reports of allergic reactions after using the cheap stuff. And the results are never nice. Believe me, it's not your skills... it's the products you've been using. So always invest in good, pro-quality skin-safe supplies. You won't be disappointed.

Of course, Face Paint Shop Australia has everything you need including proper face painting brushes, sponges, cosmetic glitter and of course professional quality face paints and SFX, all delivered to your door. One of our most popular face paint kits for complete beginners is this one (pictured): Global Colours Carnival Face Paint Kit

What to paint...?

Below you'll find 5 of our favourite, easy Halloween themed face paint ideas for you to try.

These "how to" video tutorials have been selected because they are kid-friendly, that is... not too over-the-top scary for younger kids. And not too hard for a beginner. Ready? Watch the videos below, and when you're done watching, you can shop online here.

Don't forget to order before October 25 for guaranteed delivery before the big day (October 31) - within Australia.


1. Claw Wounds by Sophie's Tipps

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2. Redback Spider by Sophie's Tipps

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3. Easy Skull Face Paint by Lisa Joy Young

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complete mehron SFX makeup kit

(above) the complete Mehron Special FX Pro Makeup Kit

4. Sugar Skull by Lisa Joy Young featuring Kryvaline Face and Body Paint

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5. Witch Hat

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Not sure you can do it? You might be surprised what you can do with a pro quality face paint kit. 

Or you can always hire a professional face painter or makeup artist. They've usually had lots of experience and can offer you a wide range of fun Halloween themed designs, from basic to advanced. Besides, a pro face painter or makeup artist will generally have an impressive pro quality face paint kit featuring a huge range of colours and SFX. 

Looking for a pro face painter in your area? Email us and we'll help you find one.

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