Halloween is a fun holiday for our kids, but making sure it’s a nontoxic one can be difficult. I first made a version of this natural face paint when the twins were babies. Needing a green face for Frankenstein and fearing the unnatural chemicals on my baby’s skin. This project uses simple fruits, veggies + natural (non-fluoride toothpaste) to make safe and pretty hued face paint.

To make the fruit and veggie face paint you will need a tube of natural, non-fluoride toothpaste (Toms is a great brand to use). You can also find non-fluoride toothpaste in the toddler paste section, just be sure it is not flavored.

For the coloring; first pick out which colors you would like to use, then find fruits and vegetables that will produce the vibrant colors for you. The hues in these paints cannot be matched by stores.

Grind up the foods individually in a blender or food processor. Heat them in a sauce pan with 1/4 cup of water until boiled down into sauce consistency. Note: every food will be a different consistency, no need to worry about that. Add the sauce slowly to a 1/2 cup of toothpaste and stir until achieving the color you would like.

For the colors shown I chose: Blueberries – purple | Pumpkin pulp – orange | Graham crackers, dirt- tan/brown | Kale – green | Red cabbage (in a small amount) – blue

Apply with makeup/paint brush for Halloween faces and be sure to never use a fruit there is a known allergy to on your child’s skin.

Photography done in collaboration with Erin Holland