Halloween Nail Art Ideas: Halloween is about going all out. From elaborate decorations to awesome Halloween costumes to fun face makeup and wild hairstyles, there’s no shortage of ways to show your spooky spirit on October 31.
When you’re sorting out your Halloween 2023 look, don’t forget about your nails. Giving your fingernails the ultimate Halloween treatment will add more life to your outfit, ensure that you stand out from the rest of the costumed crowd and show off just how frighteningly creative you are.
Looking for some creepy and kooky Halloween nail art inspiration? We’ve got you covered. This list has something for everyone and every costume (and some ideas so ghoulish that they would make Morticia Addams jealous).
There’s much more you can do with your nails for Halloween than paint them orange and black. From subtle-metallic colors that bring the spooky holiday spirit, to adorable nail ghosts, to detailed and scary spiderweb art, this collection of Halloween nails will get you so inspired that you may even feel the need to try a few different styles throughout the season. (Go for it!)
Are you ready to give your hands a Halloween-chic look this year? Check out all the best Halloween nail designs we could find, crafted by our favorite artists, bloggers and nail polish brands — including neon nails, skull nails, graveyard nails, cobweb nails (perfect for your witch costume), twists on French manicures and so much more.
1. Jack-O-Lantern Accent
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Talk about an accent nail that will stand out. Bring an all-black mani to the next level with a bright orange pumpkin on your ring finger.
2. Matte Black Coffin Nails
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, If you aren’t one to shy away from edgy looks, a pointy, glossy french tip on coffin-shaped black matte nails looks so cool — and it’s totally unexpected.
3. Delicate Webs
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Thin, dainty spiderwebs dancing all over your nails are perfect when paired with a witch, warlock or wizard costume.
4. Orange Foil
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Matte black nails are already cool, but add a golden orange foil that resembles a flame, and they’re absolutely striking.
5. Bad Apple
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Channel Snow White with these apple-inspired accent nails. Keep the rest of the nails dark and mysterious with deep red glitter.
6. Cartoon Monsters
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Playful cartoon ghosts and beasts add the perfect amount of spunk to your fingertips. Keep the base neutral so the designs steal the show.
7. Serpentine Tips
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Whether you’re a Slytherin or just a snake charmer, bring serpents to the tips of your fingers with these chic, coiling tips.
8. Black Widow Nails
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Creepy crawlers look more cute than creepy with this this fun, funky nail look. Add metallics for extra edge.
9. Retro Chevron Nails
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Go chevron with a brown base and candy corn colors: red, orange and yellow.
10. Nails in Stitches
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Frankenstein fans who dig negative space nails will love this minimalist French manicure.
11. Creepy Face Accents
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Keep most of your nails simple with a French manicure outlined with a stitch, and pick a couple of accent nails to add a creepy mummy or skull.
12. Dripping Blood
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Give a matte black mani an even edgier twist with these blood dripping, seasonally-appropriate details, achieved with just two colors — just make sure to give your nails plenty of time to dry.
13. Poisons and Andtidotes
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Ace potions class with these matte tips featuring bottled witch’s brews. These will look just right with a gnarled broom and bubbling cauldron.
14. Bloody Ombré
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Give your black polish a creepy-cool upgrade with a dark red to black ombré — it’s a subtle nod to Halloween without being too over the top.
15. Moon Cycles
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, These stunning designs will make anyone want to howl at the moon — each nail showcases a different moon cycle, from crescent to full. These may look tricky, but you can try them at home with a sponge stamp and a steady hand.
16. Delicate Ghosts
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Orange is always a seasonally appropriate color — but it’s made even more holiday-ready with a ghostly twist. To get small, detailed ghost doodles, try nail stickers.
17. Alternating Halloween Accents
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Alternate between pumpkin-orange and deep black, but add fun twists by stenciling in little ghosts and spiderwebs.
18. Blood Splattered Cobwebs
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Combine two of Halloween’s creepiest motifs — spider webs and splattered blood — with these ultra-creepy nails.
19. Neon Art
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Make sure your nails are the star of the show with tons of neon nail art. For the most enchanting effect, make each nail different.
20. Creepy French Tips
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, This season’s biggest nail trend might be the modern French manicure, which takes the classic and puts a fun spin on it, like with this fun cobweb mani.
21. Snakeskin Tips
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Textured nail stickers upgrade a black manicure into a witchy new look.
22. Dalmation Nails
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, You don’t have to be Cruella to rock this puppy print, but if you want to dress up like her for Halloween, these nails will help you look the part.
23. Orange and Glitter Ombré
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, A glitter gradient amps up the holiday vibes of any Halloween outfit. This super subtle mani will still look right at home long after Halloween is over.
24. Cracked French Tips
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Make your nails look like broken glass with this spin on a French manicure. Keep your nails bare and glossy for a mirror effect (but don’t worry — you won’t get seven years of bad luck).
25. Shimmery Coffin Nails
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Coffin shaped nails look fun and festive with glittery nail designs in burnt orange and gold.
26. Matte Black Spiderwebs
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, At first glance, these nails look like a regular black manicure, but on further inspection, you can tell that they’re covered in glossy black cobwebs. Go for a sharp point to make these even more Halloween-ready.
27. Pink Burst
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, If you’re hoping for Halloween-inspired nails but still want to keep a pop of pink, these are the nails for you. Use traditional Halloween colors but add in a few splashes of pink for a girly manicure.
28. Green Stiletto Nails
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Swampy green gets a chic makeover when it’s painted onto long, stiletto-shaped nails.
29. Creepy Chic Nails
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Not everybody likes over-the-top nail art, even on Halloween. To keep things basic yet glam, simply trace the bottom of your nails as well as the tips using contrasting colors.
30. Wonder Nails
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Everyone’s favorite badass super lady is going to be one of the year’s top Halloween costumes. If you don’t want to don the full get-up, a two-tone design, embellished by strip of gems, is a more subtle homage.
31. Drippy Tips
Simple yet impressive, this design looks fantastic in a shade of either blood red or slime green.
32. Smoke and Mirror Ghouls
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, Matte, dark and super mysterious — everyone will be asking where you got your nails done with this eerie manicure.
33. Sharp as Nails
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, This chic orange-and-black manicure looks just as great in Instagram photos (hint, hint) as it does IRL.
34. Faux Talons
Halloween Nail Art Ideas, If you don’t want to file your nails to sharp little points but love the creepy look of talons, try painting on a nude base color, then add a dark triangular design overtop. Instant drama (in a good way).