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Top 10 Halloween Nail Art Inspirations

By Carly Cochrane -
black manicure and pumpkin puppets

When it comes to Halloween, we like to go obsessively overboard. That means as soon as October 1st arrives, everything that was once normal gets a spooky spruce – even our nails.

Whether you’re adding the final frightening touches to your costume or in need of some last-minute ghoulishness, a spine-chilling manicure is what will really get you noticed.

So, to help you get into the scary spirit, we’ve done the rounds and compiled a gallery of incredible Halloween nail art.

Pumpkin-inspired manicure

Pumpkin polish

It’s not really Halloween until you get your hands on a pumpkin – or in this case, vice versa. This pumpkin-inspired nail look is perfect if you’re dressing tame this year and want to add a pop of cute and festive colour to your costume. (Image: Pinterest)

Get the look: Essie Nail Colour 67 Meet Me at Sunset

Nails painted with a graveyard design

Haunted hands

Give your hands a taste of a haunted cemetery with this eerie creation – it’s surprisingly easier to achieve than you think. Simply coat your nails in a deep purple paint, grab some scary stencils and match with a zombie outfit for a seriously mysterious manicure. (Image: Pinterest)

Get the look: IsaDora Wonder Nail Wide Brush

Vampire nails

Vampy varnish

If you’re new to the nail art game, then this DIY manicure could be your Halloween go-to. Subtle, easy and, of course, viciously vampy, this is a creative design that will give ultimate Dracula vibes. (Image: Pinterest)

Get the look: Elegant Touch Totally Bare - Almond 008

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Cobwebbed coffins

Coffins covered in cobwebs – we really couldn’t get any more Halloween-y if we tried. Creepy crawlies are enough to give anyone the jitters, which is exactly why we love this dark manicure for a spider-phisticated look. (Image: Pinterest)

Get the look: ORLY Faux Pearl Nail Varnish

French manicure with a gory twist

French mani-gore

Not for the faint-hearted, this classic manicure takes a gory twist – and it's probably the only time you’ll ever get away with cracked and broken nails. Perfect for a dose of dramatic horror, this spook-tacular design will 100% give the scare-factor. (Image: Pinterest)

Get the look: Elegant Touch Totally Bare Nails

Nails with ghost nail art

Ghosts 'n' ghouls

This is one to pair with the super last-minute costumes – and yes, we’re talking about that makeshift white bedsheet with crooked eyeholes. Simply transform sparkly ombre nails into a boo-tiful ghoulish design. (Image: Pinterest)

Get the look: essie Nail Colour 92 Aruba Blue

Cat-inspired Halloween nails

Catty claws

Forget the pretty paw prints, it’s time to get your claws out – literally. This catty creation pairs well with a stiletto shape and is an obvious nail look for the die-hard cat costume fans. (Image: Pinterest)

Get the look: Morgan Taylor Ivy Appliqué Nail Lacquer

Black nails with skulls

Spine-chilling skulls

If Halloween isn’t really your thing but you don’t want to feel totally left out then try giving yourself a skull-inpsired mani. It’s a classic bone-chiller that’s not too dramatic, but still provides a rock-chic feel. (Image: Pinterest)

Get the look: essie Nail Colour 88 Licorice

Pink and black bat nails

Na na na na na na na na Bat-hands

Combine sweet polka dots with menacing bats and what do you get? A mysterious manicure that is girly but gothic. We love this look as you can easily switch up the colours and make it your own. (Image: Pinterest)

Get the look: essie Treat Love & Colour TLC Care Nail Polish Power Punch Pink

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Hair-raising horror-inspired

These horror movie-inspired hands are the ultimate match for the girls and boys that spend time on the all-important details. Perfect for the Halloween-obsessed, you can bring your favourite horror films to life – although Chucky is pretty good at giving us the creeps.

(Image: Pinterest)

Get the look: ORLY Love My Nail Breathable Nail Varnish

So, there we have it: 10 fantastically frightful nail art designs. Halloween comes with no rules, so this is the perfect time to get your creative cauldron out – the more gruesome, the better.

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