Nail Art

10 Spooky and Cute Halloween Nail Art Design Ideas

Halloween costumes are a commitment. First, there’s deciding who or what you’re going to be. Then, there’s searching high and low for all of the right pieces for your costume, which might even include some DIY arts and crafts. And finally, there’s executing your vision on the actual holiday.

So, if you got invited to a last-minute party and don’t have time to pull a costume together or simply want to low-key participate in Halloween this year, opt for some ghoulish nail art to get into the spooky spirit.

Whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist nail art, there are a number of ways to do a Halloween manicure that will fit your personal style. Blood drip French tips or yellow and orange stripes are a few subtle design options, while ghosts and jack-o-lanterns will win over those who like bold nail art.

Ahead, we’ve compiled 10 Halloween nail art ideas that are sure to frighten and delight.



Candy Corn Stripes

While candy corn is a polarizing candy (you either love it or hate it), these orange and white French tips with vertical stripes are undeniably delectable.



Pumpkin Patch

Turn your fingertips into your personal pumpkin patch with this cute design by Essie ambassador Steph Stone. The nail artist kept the base bare, then used a nail art brush to add little pumpkins all over the nail plate.



Blood-Dripped Nails

Megan Fox got into the holiday spirit by giving the classic French manicure a Halloween twist. Instead of white tips, the Jennifer’s Body star went with dripping blood tips that perfectly match her year-round goth style.



Alien Nails

Take inspiration from your favorite sci-fi creatures and draw alien eyes on your nails. The matte green and black finish really makes the design pop.



Cat Eyes

The verdict is out whether or not a black cat crossing your path is bad luck, but the mysterious animals make for a great spooky manicure. Here, nail artist Betina Goldstein mimicked their piercing yellow eyes on a matte black base.



Hand-Painted Halloween Figures

This manicure incorporates all the classic Halloween characters you love — all with a black, white, orange, and yellow color scheme.



Starry Skies

While a celestial design isn’t a traditional Halloween manicure, these metallic swirls and black stars are a sign to the mysterious things that go bump in the night on the spookiest day of the year.



Itsy Bitsy Spiders

Blink and these neon yellow tips might pass for a typical neon French manicure, but the itsy bitsy hand-painted spider accent adds an element of fright.



Purple Pumpkins

If you don’t want to be super literal with your Halloween manicure, these glitter purple pumpkins are a good bet.



Feeling Batty

Alternating between black and white bats lends a whimsy touch to this cute festive design. Bonus: Pick your Halloween nail art based on your finger tattoo.