Nothing says Halloween like a pumpkin – and what child doesn't look scarily cute in a pumpkin Halloween costume? If there's some pumpkin dress-up going on in your house on October 31 (check out our costume suggestions in our Best Halloween costumes for babies, toddlers and children), we've got a brilliantly easy way to top it off with with a face-paint pumpkin face.


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 thanks to ace facepainter Laura Boot from our Top Testers Club: you can see her turning her daughter Esme's face all pumpkin-y in our video guide – and it's Esme who's our model for the photo step-by-step guide, too.

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

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

What you'll need

  • Face paints in the following colours: orange, dark green, black
  • Face-paint brush or make-up brush
  • Damp sponge

Step 1

A child with their face painted orange

Using a damp sponge and orange paint, apply a base coat over the whole of your child's face, leaving a clear area at the top right corner of the forehead.

Step 2

A child with their face painted orange with a green pumpkin stem

With dark green paint and your brush, draw the wedge-shaped stem of the pumpkin in the clear area, adding wiggly lines on either side as leaves.

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Step 3

A child with their face painted as a pumpkin

Clean your brush. Then, using the black paint, draw an outline around the orange base. Add in a few more lines within the orange area on the cheeks and forehead, to represent the grooves of the pumpkin.

And then you're done!

Pics and video: Laura Boot. 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.