5 Easy Halloween Face-Painting Ideas for Kids You Can Actually Pull Off

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With Halloween around the corner, you might be racking your brain for great costume ideas. You want something creative, yet cute -- and definitely something that will make for a great family photo. If you're a mom with a little bit of artistic skill, you may want to forgo the typical princess or pirate costumes and instead give face painting a whirl. Not only will it make your child's costume totally unique, but it's also a great way to put your creative muscles to good use! Here are five great (and super simple) face-painting ideas to start your brainstorming...

  • 1. An Easy Twist on Moana

    The Disney smash Moana is just as popular today as it was when it first came out in 2016, and it's still a top contender for most-desired costume. This face paint reimagines Moana's Heart of Te Fiti into a beautiful headband surrounded by tropical flowers. This tutorial looks a little more complicated, but it will give you an idea of how to make flowers and rainbows -- and it's actually pretty easy!

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  • 2. Paw Patrol Pup

    Paw Patrol is probably your child's favorite TV show and is a great costume if your kids are going to trick-or-treat with their friends. Luckily, puppy face paint is easy, even if you're not the most skillful painter. Check out this super simple Paw Patrol face-paint how-to by Sandy Arellano to get started.

  • 3. Poppy from Trolls

    This cute troll doll is a fun and cheery costume for any fans of the Dreamworks film. We can't get over her pink face and flower crown. Check out this tutorial from Ariel Paints for more Trolls inspiration. They even have Branch!

  • 4. The Caped Crusader

    Superhero costumes are a mainstay for Halloween, and with the success of Lego Batman, it's an easy guess that Batman will be high on the costume list this year. If you can't find the perfect bat mask, why not make your own? This easy Batman tutorial even includes cool custom arm bands!

  • 5. 10-Minute Minnie Mouse

    Minnie Mouse is a classic kid's costume that never goes out of style -- especially now that so many kids are obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Disney. Sure, you could go with a mouse ear headband, but if you're looking to put a unique twist on your kiddo's costume, check out this easy Minnie face-painting tutorial that looks super complicated but is actually easy enough for any mom.