Parenting

Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas for When Your Kid Needs a Cute Last-Minute Costume

Fall is my favorite time of year, but October is beyond hectic. Besides the fact that I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things for the new school year, there's also the whole Halloween madness thing. As a parent, I'm somehow supposed to decorate the house, stock up on candy and — the trickiest of all — execute pro-looking Halloween costumes for all of my kids. Who has time for all that?

And when 'Procrastination' is your middle name (I'm calling myself out here), chances are you too will be left trying to pull off a cute getup for your children at the eleventh hour. No pressure, right?

If you've got a little makeup and some creativity, however, you can pull off a cute costume in a snap. These super-simple Halloween face-painting looks are perfect for when you're pressed for time.

Originally posted October 2016. Updated October 2017.

You'll get an A for this quick, easy Captain America mask. 

Leopard print doesn't have to be perfect — it'll still look grrrrreat. 

An Oompa Loompa is perfect for your little Roald Dahl fan, and it couldn't be an easier look to achieve.

Minnie Mouse: minimum effort, maximum cuteness. 

It's all about the eyebrows for your mini vampire this Halloween. 

A white base and black patches make for a fabulous spotty dog. 

Exaggeration is key for a doll face. Equal parts cute and creepy — isn't that what Halloween is all about?

Add a touch of glitter for a glam take on Bambi. 

If you can draw a star, you can create a winning Wonder Woman look. 

The TMNT facepaint is unmistakable (just make sure the mask color matches your child's favorite turtle).  

It only takes a few minutes to give Iron Man his all-important mask. 

Once you've mastered the "S" (and you can print it from the internet and trace it to make it super-simple), you'll have Superman nailed. 

It's not difficult to create an Angry Bird with thick black lines and simple shapes.