Camouflage face paint is a reasonably priced item in our hunting arsenal compared to a lot of other necessary items. The typical military style paint sticks or even some of the civilian grade counterparts are not going to set you back financially. But, with hunting season right around the corner and the onslaught of Halloween merchandising and marketing all ready in full swing, I figured I would give you a couple good reasons to stock up on Halloween make-up.
REASON 1: Halloween make-up is less expensive than face paint marketed towards hunters.
The cheapest and most abundant face paint is now flooding the seasonal retail market. Halloween make-up is everywhere from the specialty/seasonal stores to Wal-Mart. Most of the make-up is still packaged in squeezable tubes and has all of the same benefits and qualities of the higher priced "hunter" versions. One particular brand I found at Wal-Mart was selling for 98 cents a 1 oz. tube. If you only bought a tube of black, brown, and green, you have only spent $2.94 before sales tax. The lowest priced hunter version I could find retails at $3.99. You save at least a dollar. So why not add another color?
REASON 2: Halloween make-up has a better selection of colors.
Can you bow hunt successfully or survive a military operation with the standard black, brown, and green color scheme? Sure, but when you REALLY want to blend into your surroundings, the color choices offered by Halloween make-up is like the icing on the cake. Just the availability of yellow and white allows you the opportunity to mix it up a bit. Yes, the pun was intended. You create lighter hues and really enhance your camouflage and concealment strategy by mixing and blending colors together. Some retailers have textured face paint for the appearance of rotting zombie flesh. From a natural environment point-of-view, it would not be difficult to imagine this as having a rock or stone-like appearance, minus the associated fake blood and gore. Having some non-standard colors in your face paint kit will open up some concealment opportunities that the plain black, brown, and green cannot do.
REASON 3: Halloween make-up is hypoallergenic.
As more people who typically don't wear make-up everyday are going to be applying their annual Halloween make-up, the stuff aimed at the Halloween crowd is often hypoallergenic. With the exception of a few cases, most people can wear Halloween make-up with little or no trouble at all. It also washes off easily with mild soap and water, just like the face paint hunters would normally buy. I would even venture to say that the same supplier is probably making the product for both markets.
As the Halloween season winds down and retailers begin marking down Halloween supplies for clearance, you can save even more money as retailers now must make room for Christmas merchandise...before Thanksgiving...again.
Matthew Dermody is an outdoor and hunting enthusiast, camouflage expert and author of Hidden Success: A Comprehensive Guide To Ghillie Suit Construction and the upcoming Appear to Vanish: Stealth Concepts for Effective Camouflage and Concealment. He currently lives in eastern Washington with his wife and twin daughters.