9 Halloween Makeup Tutorials to Take Your Kid's Costume to the Next Level

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With only two weeks left until Halloween, we bet you’ve purchased the candy, decorated the house and created some really incredible costumes for the kids. Or, maybe you’ve personally eaten your own bag of peanut-butter pumpkins, decided you might as well not dust the cobwebs until November and only just now started thinking about your kids’ costumes. Either way, we totally get it. Some years you’re on it; some years you just want to forget the whole thing.

But these adorable (and actually easy!) makeup tutorials are likely just what you need to give your kiddos the totally awesome Halloween of their dreams. So sit back, relax, and watch the magic unfold.


Lion Halloween Makeup 02:24

Makeup application tutorial for a lion Halloween costume.


Butterfly Halloween Makeup 02:10

Let your daughter flutter by this Halloween with this beautiful butterfly makeup. It is simple and takes less than 30 mins.


Dragon Halloween Makeup How-To 02:26

This DIY tutorial will help you turn any child into a Halloween dragon.


Spider Halloween Makeup How-To 02:17

This tutorial shows how to create arachno-fabulous spider Halloween makeup.

Ghoulish Vampire

Vampire Halloween Makeup 01:42

Makeup application tutorial for a vampire Halloween costume.

Fairy Princess

Halloween Fairy Princess 01:46

Makeup application tutorial for a fairy princess Halloween costume.


Mummy Halloween Makeup How-To 02:05

Our makeup tutorial will help you wrap up a scary mummy look for Halloween.


Puppy Halloween Makeup How-To 02:25

Turn a cute kid into a cute puppy with our Halloween makeup tutorial.


Pirate Halloween Makeup 01:39

Makeup application tutorial for a pirate Halloween costume.

Now, It's Time to Party!

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Get Ready to Throw a Monster Mash

This Halloween, get the kids together for a fun costume party. With our ideas for easy DIY party decorations, tasty treats, printable party decorations and no-sew costume tutorials, hosting a costume party is a snap. So what are you waiting for? Make your guest list and get ready to start the fun.

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The Cutest Costumes

Disguise your little ones in our easy-to-create costumes. With a few basic supplies and a little DIY time, you can craft clever kids' costumes without spending a fortune.

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Printable Party Decorations, Invites & More

Get the party started with our stylish black-and-white printable designs. Just print onto card stock for the perfect finishing touch to the party setup. Start with our square invitation you can either mail or hand-deliver to your guests. The collection also includes a variety of labels for food and favors plus an easy-to-craft banner.

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Robin Hood Costume

Your little rogue will love this archer costume complete with Robin's signature feathered hat and a woodsy DIY bow. You'll love it because it's a quickie costume that requires no sewing. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

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Happy Halloween Banner

Create your own banner by printing our free template onto card stock. Cut along the gray dotted lines, then use a small hole punch or craft knife to create holes for hanging. String letters together with thin ribbon and hang the banner so it creates a focal point for your party.

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Spooky Spider Garland

This paper garland is easy to make and can be strung throughout your party space to add a colorful Halloween touch. Use a spider paper punch and round paper punch to cut shapes from black and orange card stock. Stitch the paper pieces together with black thread on a sewing machine. Hang from tables, walls and ceilings to decorate the space.

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Little Ladybug Pet Costume

Get your pup in on the Halloween fun with our step-by-step instructions for this playful pet costume. Just be sure to use only soft, lightweight materials that won't obstruct their eyes, nose or mouth. Note: Always keep Halloween treats safely out of your pup's reach. Both chocolate and the sugar-free sweetener Xylitol can be deadly for dogs.

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Black-and-White Party Pretties

When deciding on a color palette for your party, it can be tough to match party supplies to desserts, snacks and other decorations. Here's a tip: Start with neutral decor like black-and-white party basics, cake stands and table runners, then add pops of color here and there. Wood, burlap and linen always work beautifully for fall celebrations, too.

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Candy Corn Cakes

Speaking of pops of color, these adorable layered mini cakes are sure to get your guests' attention. Stacked layer cakes are very popular right now and the mini versions are just the right size for your little guests. Display cakes on a pretty cake stand for perfect presentation. Get the recipe.

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Wee Golfer Costume

Just a few easy do-it-yourself additions will turn clothes they already have into a cute Halloween costume on the fly. Dress your little duffer in traditional golf attire, then finish the look with a DIY pom-pom topped knit hat and golf bag that can also be used to stash their candy haul. Learn how to quickly craft a yarn pom-pom with our step-by-step instructions.

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Mummy Cupcakes

Cupcakes are kid-pleasing treats at any party, but when frosted like mummies, they're irresistible. Best of all, these tasty characters are easy enough to mix, bake and decorate that the kids can even help whip them up. Get the recipe.

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Finishing Touches

Use our printable labels to add a fun, graphic element to your treat table. Just download, print and cut. To create a tent sign, cut a 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" piece of card stock, fold in half and attach to the back of the label with double-sided tape.

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Peacock Costume

This is one costume she'll want to wear year-round for imaginative play. The fluffy tulle tutu is sure to be a hit and so easy to craft that you'll want to make them in lots of colors. Learn how to make the no-sew tutu plus a peacock feather headband with our step-by-step instructions.

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Sweet & Salty Popcorn Mix

With a few basic ingredients, you can whip up this endlessly munchable snack in minutes. Add a Halloween twist by mixing in candy corn and orange and black sprinkles or nonpareils. Get the recipe.

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Young Explorer Costume

Adventure awaits! Outfit your little one for the wilds of trick-or-treating in this easy-to-create Halloween costume that uses clothes they already have and a few materials from the fabric store.

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Halloween Cake Pops

Kids love food on a stick — especially cake pops. Make your own using a basic cake pop recipe then coat the balls with orange candy coating. Top with black nonpareils for a bite-size Halloween treat.

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Candy Dots Costume

Need a little girl's costume you can whip up in a flash? Then this clever costume idea is for you. Just hot-glue painted foam halves to a white jumper for a sweet disguise based on the classic candy. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

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Milk for Little Monsters

With all the party's sugary sweets, kids will need some fresh, cold milk to wash it down. Prevent messy spills by serving it in mini plastic milk bottles with lids and cute striped straws. Be sure to have an alternative drink option on hand for kids with allergies.

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Delectable Donuts

Mini powdered donuts are just the right size for the littlest guests and look delicious stacked on a black cake stand. Bonus: They require 0 prep time, just pick up a bag at the store and set out right before guests arrive.

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Knight Costume

Dress up your little knight in shining armor with this easy DIY costume. Embellish a plain T-shirt using our printable iron-on shield design and top with a no-sew cape. Easy-to-make faux leather bracers add the perfect finishing touch. Download the shield design and get step-by-step instructions.

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Licorice Bites

Black licorice bites scream Halloween. Serve them in small striped paper cups that match your treat table's black-and-white theme. Line them up in perfect rows for a cute display.

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Ghostie Cake Pops

Halloween presents many ideas and characters for creative cake pops. Check with your local bakeries to see what designs they have available or try your hand at creating your own.

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Cupcake Costume

An old laundry basket, wrapping paper, felt and basic craft supplies are all you need to dress your little sweetie up as their favorite icing-and-sprinkle-topped treat. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

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Embellished Treat Bags

Dress up paper favor bags with a black bat and cute printable tags. Download, print and cut out our Happy Halloween flags. Then use a paper punch to create bat cut-outs from black cardstock. Glue the bat and flag to the bag and fill with treats.

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Ice Cream Cone Costume

Your trick-or-treater will have a license to chill in this clever homemade costume that uses craft store supplies and white tights to transform them into a giant soft-serve cone. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

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Sweet Send-Off

Be sure to send your guests home with a tasty souvenir. Our sweet and salty popcorn mix is sure to be a hit so whip up extra batches to fill paper to-go cups. Add our free printable label to the lid for a tasty favor they can enjoy even days later.

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