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8 Simple Halloween Photo Tips for Great Pictures of Your Kids in Costume

If 9 days until Halloween sounds scary to you, fear not! is here with some simple Halloween photo tips to help you capture creative shots of your kids in their Halloween costumes this year.

1. Don’t wait until October 31st!

Halloween day can be busy with last minute preparations, so think about taking some time this weekend or after school one day to let your kids try on their costumes a little early. This is also a good idea to make sure all parts of their costumes are in order before they head out for Trick-or-Treating. Photographing during the mid-late morning hours when the lighting is crisp is ideal, but late afternoon or early evening when the glowing sun starts to get low in the sky can also be a fun time to capture the essence of fall. Whenever you decide to snap your Halloween photos, be sure to take your most important shots first, like the portraits and group photos.

2. Explore different settings

Autumn Foliage










Set up a festive photo area in the back yard, or take some shots around the neighborhood if you’re pressed for time. Make use of the traditional Halloween décor you already own (cobwebs, pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, etc.) as background or props to accent your shoot. If you have a couple of hours to spare, head out to a local park or nature preserve to capture the colors of changing autumn foliage for a backdrop. If you’re willing to deal with the crowds, you can even take your kids to visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard in their costumes for some ready-made fall scenery.

3. Capture the little details, as well as the big picture

 This is especially rewarding if your child is sporting a home-made costume this year. Don’t forget to zoom in on the details of their costume garments, face makeup, and accessories. Ask your child what their favorite part of their costume is, too so you can highlight that in your photos.

4. Use pumpkins as props

Baby with Pumpkin










Lit or unlit, carved or whole, pumpkins can be used in countless ways to accent your Halloween photos. If your child is an infant, carve a larger pumpkin out completely and cut holes large enough for your baby’s legs to stick through. Place your child inside the pumpkin and capture the moment. For photos of your glowing Jack-o-lanterns, hit the lights, turn off the flash, and set your camera on a stable surface to avoid blur. Make use of the self timer on your camera for the most stable effect. Substitute a flashlight or LED for your light source inside the pumpkin to achieve a more even glow.

5. Try different angles

Elevate yourself and get a bird’s eye view of your kids acting out their characters in costume for a creative Halloween photo. Get down low and get on their level, too. Capture the world from their perspective by lying or squatting on the ground as they approach you in costume.

6. Get some action shots 

Halloween Action Shot









Ask your child to get in character, and strike a pose that fits their costume. Take some photos of the kids interacting with one another if they are trick-or-treating with a group of friends. Make sure to get some shots of them going both up to and from the door. Capture their smiles and excitement as they reach into their candy buckets to measure their loot. If it comes naturally, take the opportunity to photograph your child as they hold hands with a sibling, or with mom and dad while walking down the sidewalk. For more ideas of great actions shots, visit our Halloween ideas board on Pinterest.

7. Set up a DIY photo studio in the garage

If the weather doesn’t cooperate for your outdoor Halloween photo shoot, you can always set up a simple makeshift photo studio in the garage. You’ll be able to make use of the soft, natural light that floods in from outside. Open your garage door on a sunny day, and find a spot in the garage toward the middle or back that is not too bright, but also not too dark. Hang your fabric backdrop of choice from your garage shelving (make sure to get all of the wrinkles out first) so that some of the fabric lays on the ground for your child to stand on. Use a sheet of black stretch velvet fabric, a heavy weight blanket, or fleece fabric for the ideal backdrop.

8. Frame your prints with Halloween themed photo cards

Halloween Photo Frames

When you’re all finished and have selected your favorite Halloween shots, you can use Halloween themed photo folders or photo insert cards from Studio Style to display and share your Halloween memories! Available in several spook-tacular stock designs, our photo cards and frames also come with optional personalization and custom imprinting.


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