13 Scary Costume Makeup Ideas

It’s easy to forget that Halloween isn’t just about the candy. Blame the sugar highs. But no longer can you just slap on any old costume and call it a day. From parties to parades, people go all out. The most common looks you’ll see in October are scary ones. It’s the perfect time of year for all the things that go bump in the night to come out and play.

This year, take your scary costumes to horrifying levels by topping it off with some scary makeup. Here are some awesome scary makeup ideas to help inspire your inner ghoul this Halloween.

1. Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice Makeup Tutorial

Scary people is his specialty and he’ll help you do just that, for a price. But you won’t need to say his name three times to summon him this Halloween. Instead, just follow this Beetlejuice makeup tutorial.

2. Frankenstein

Frankenstein Makeup Tutorial

Frankenstein’s monster came to life in a book by Mary Shelley in 1818 but this Halloween you won’t need Dr. Frankenstein to recreate his monster. This Frankenstein makeup tutorial was inspired by the first movie to feature the monster.

3. Oogie Boogie

Oogie Boogie Glowing Makeup Tutorial

There’s no better time to head to Halloweentown than during the Halloween season. And there’s no better Halloweentown resident to scare people as than the baddest baddie around. The best thing about this Oogie Boogie makeup tutorial is that if you use the same products, you’ll even glow!

4. Voldemort

Voldemort Makeup Tutorial

Just like another creepster on this list, you won’t want to say his name. The Dark Lord has been striking fear in the hearts of wizards and muggles alike. But not everyone can relate to The Boy Who Lived, aka Harry Potter. So if you’re feeling a little evil, try out this Voldemort makeup tutorial.

5. Alien

Xenomorph Alien Makeup Tutorial

Alien was a movie that got everyone wondering about who, or what, else is out there in the universe. But the story didn’t stop there. With every new addition to the Alien franchise, it’s hard to imagine that we’re the only intelligent beings out there. So for this Halloween, go for a look that’s out of this world. Recreate thisXenomorph Alien makeup tutorial.

6. Comic Book Villains

Comic books are full of scary villains who constantly test the limits of our favorite superheroes. What happens to us all when one of them finally outsmarts or outguns the heroes that have sworn to protect us?

Venom Makeup Tutorial

You can become a symbiote with the help of this Venom makeup tutorial. Or if Carnage is more your speed, there’s a makeup tutorial for it as well.

Mystique Makeup Tutorial

Or maybe you’re into shape-shifters who can become anyone. This Mystique makeup tutorial will help you transform into this vexing mutant.

Two Face Makeup Tutorial

It’s hard not to feel bad for Harvey Dent. At least after watching his origin story play out in The Dark Knight. Who can blame him for blaming Batman for all his life’s woes? But nonetheless, he’s still a bad guy. This Two Face makeup tutorial will definitely make people look away.

Killer Frost Makeup Tutorial

Or maybe you’re looking to become one of the baddest biddies from DC Comics. You can choose from supervillains like Killer Frost, Harley Quinn or Poison Ivy!

7. Chucky from Child’s Play

Child's Play Chucky Makeup Tutorial

Toys coming to life can be a dream come true, like the toys in Toy Story. But Child’s Play made us realize it can also be a nightmare. You won’t need to get your soul trapped inside a doll to become Chucky this Halloween. Just followthis makeup tutorial!

8. Billy from Hocus Pocus

Billy from Hocus Pocus Makeup Tutorial

While Billy Butcherson didn’t turn out to be such a bad guy, this zombie was still terrifying to see crawl out of his grave in Hocus Pocus. If you’re looking to get your revenge on the Sanderson sisters, your wait is over. Don’t just embody Billy when you can look like him with our Billy Butherson makeup tutorial.

9. Regan from The Exorcist

Reagan Makeup Tutorial

Even though The Exorcist came out in 1973, it still gives audiences nightmares. There are so many scenes that made us cover our eyes. One such scene included a lot of vomit. This Halloween you can recreate Regan’s vomit look with the help of this makeup tutorial.

10. Annabelle

Annabelle Makeup Tutorial

Why do all these scary movies have to ruin dolls? Dolls are supposed to be sweet and delicate but it’s hard to deny that their painted-on faces can look very menacing. One such doll who’s been wreaking havoc on audiences is Annabelle from The Conjuringpainted doll makeup. Recreate this look with the help of this tutorial.

11. Undead Beings

If books, television and movies have taught us anything, it’s to beware of the undead. From zombies to vampires, we’ve started to question what being dead really means.

Vampire Makeup Tutorial

If you’re looking to have a bloody good time, this vampire makeup tutorial is worth sinking your teeth into.

Zombie Makeup Tutorial

If you’ve ever been hangry in your life, this zombie makeup tutorial is a no-brainer!

12. Injuries

You know how when you see a car crash, it’s hard to look away from it? It’s not that we want to see people in pain, but curiousity always gets the better of us. That’s why injury makeup is so popular during Halloween (and April Fool’s Day). And boy, do we have a lot of ailments you can choose from.

Burn Victim Makeup Tutorial

This burn makeup tutorial is one hot look!

Chelsea Smile Makeup Tutorial

Or maybe channeling your inner starlet is more your scene. Elizabeth Short, who was posthumously known as the Black Dahlia, was found murdered and mutilated. In addition to The Joker, she’s known for her Chelsea smile wound.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to sporting wounds. You can make a pencil come out of your body, or look like your eyes have been gouged out. Going gory has never been easier this Halloween.

13. Sugar Plum Fairy from Cabin in the Woods

Sugar Plum Fairy Makeup Tutorial

While everyone was placing their bets in Cabin in the Woods we were haunted by one of the monsters in the inventory. The tiny ballerina looked harmless enough until she turned around. Become the nightmare Sugar Plum Fairy with some face paint and the steps in our tutorial.

While becoming people’s worst fears is fun, scare responsibly this Halloween. If you enhanced your scary costumes with any of these makeup looks, or you created a scary monster of your own, we’d love to see it. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to share your scary makeup looks with us. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on all of our upcoming makeup looks.

Happy haunting, everyone!

13 Scary Costume Makeup Ideas

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