If your child's dead set on dressing up as a spooky ghost this Halloween, we've got a dead simple way to top off their look with some adorably spooky face-paint. (Doing this also neatly avoids the need for any white sheets over the head – which can only ever be a bit of a accident waiting to happen on your average trick-or-treat outing.)


We've created an easy-to-follow step by step guides to show you how to paint the look: you can either watch our how-to video (above) or follow our photo steps (below).

Huge (spooky) hat tip to ace facepainter Laura Jones from our Top Testers Club: you can see her turning her son Harry's face all ghostly in our video guide.

If you haven't got a ghost costume already, we've some great suggestions in our Best Halloween costumes for babies, toddlers and children.

  • Planning a different Halloween look for your child? We've also got step-by-step face-painting guides for a witch, vampire, a scary pirate and – of course – a pumpkin.

Here's how to face-paint a ghost, step by step

What you'll need

  • Face paints in the following colours: white, green, black
  • Face-paint brush or make-up brush

Step 1

ghost face paint tutorial

Using your brush and white face paint, carefully outline the ghost shape, starting the ghost's neck between your child's brows and positioning the ghost's head mid-temple. Then fill in the outline, including your child's lips.

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Step 2

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Clean your brush. Then, using the green face paint, use the tip of your brush to paint 2 eyes in the middle of the ghost's head.

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Step 3

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Clean your brush again and, using the black paint, outline the ghost's body and eyes. Add eyebrows, pupils, a nose and an open mouth.

And then you're done!

Pics: Snazaroo, Video: Laura Jones. Video edit: Emily Longman Wall


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Emily Longman WallDigital Content Producer

Emily is the Digital Content Producer at MadeForMums, working across the brand on everything from pushchairs and car seats to baby names and the latest product launches. She researches topics thoroughly to make sure our content is accurate and helpful for parents and loves bringing the details about latest parenting products and innovations to our audience.