Halloween is probably one of the only times in the year where you can dress up as who you want and wear almost whatever you want without any repercussions. Even though a witch costume or dressing up as your favorite superhero might serve as a disguise and protect people from knowing who you are that day, nothing is protecting your skin from the makeup that you are wearing over it.
While everyone is out buying their costumes, no one really realizes that Halloween makeup contains very toxic ingredients that can do damage to your skin. Halloween makeup is most of the time made as inexpensively as possible by companies that are more concerned with making a profit as opposed to caring about bad reactions because the products are only on the market for a short period of time.
So, not only will you find hormone-disrupting phthalates and carcinogenic compounds found in regular makeup but also often heavy metals such as lead and more. In order to keep you and your family safe and healthy for Halloween try out these simple organic makeup recipes to make sure your children are scary without the frightening side effects.
Fake Blood Recipe
Muuaaa-ha-ha-ha-haaa! For the little vampires or werewolves out there, try this simple and easy blood recipe that only requires just a few ingredients.
- Light corn syrup
- Castille liquid soap
- Red food coloring
Mix the corn syrup and a little bit of Castille soap together and then add in your food coloring. This recipe is just a general recipe, the measurements are determined on how much fake blood you will use. If you want darker blood or more realistic blood, add a dash of blue or some chocolate syrup.
Spooky Face Paint
If you want to make sure your costume fits the part of the wicked witch of the west, try this face paint recipe.
- 3 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup corn syrup (light)
- 1 teaspoon of Castille soap
Add the cornstarch and flour in a bowl. Stir in the corn syrup and water until smooth. Once it is mixed together, divide as needed and add colors. The corn syrup makes this sweet, so it may be too attractive for little ones and the Castille soap makes it easier to wash off at the end of the day.
Wound, Wards, Cuts and Scrapes
This edible goop is extremely useful for those who are in need of witch’s warts and zombie wounds. Try this recipe below to bring your Halloween costume to life.
- 1 ounce gelatin (not jello, plain and unflavored gelatin)
- 2 tablespoon water
- Food coloring
- Add 2 tablespoons boiling water to the gelatin and stir, let sit for 3 minutes. As you stir, the gelatin will dissolve.
- Add in your color and pour mixture onto natural waxed paper or any other surface and then shape the gelatin to make what you want.
- Let your creation dry and then use corn syrup as an adhesive to make sure your warts stick. Then voila, you have become Mr. Frankenstein and you have finished creating your monster.
Make sure you have fun and add in what you need in order to create the look you want. If you wish to have old scabs considering adding red food coloring and oatmeal. If you’re looking to create a witch’s wart, add in some green coloring and perhaps some hair, you can use some bristle from a brush. Enjoy creating the look you want, the sky is the limit.
These recipes were inspired by The Smart Mama