Top 10 Halloween Nail Art Inspirations

By Carly Cochrane - 11 months ago | Updated
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.

1. 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. If you'd like to nail the pumpkin look from head to toe, check out our Top 10 Halloween Makeup Looks.

Get the look:

essie Core Nail Polish Keep You Posted Collection - 768 Madrid It For The Gram

essie Core Nail Polish Keep You Posted Collection

£8.29


2. 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 polish, grab some scary stencils and match with a zombie outfit for a seriously mysterious manicure.

Get the look:

Mavala Nail Colour - Mexico

Mavala Nail Colour

£4.95
essie Expressie Quick Dry Formula Chip Resistant Nail Polish - Now or Never

essie Expressie Quick Dry Formula Chip Resistant Nail Polish

£8.29

3. 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.

Get the look:

ORLY Breathable Nail Polish - White Tips

ORLY Breathable Nail Polish

£11.95
ORLY Breathable Nail Polish - Vitamin Burs

ORLY Breathable Nail Polish

£11.95


4. 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.

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SOSU by SJ Naked Truth Faux Nails

SOSU by SJ Naked Truth Faux Nails

£8.29
Jessica Effects The Touch - 2006 Sparkles

Jessica Effects The Touch

£8.65

5. French mani-gore

Not for the faint-hearted, this classic French 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. Pair this with a scary clown look to complete your Halloween outfit.

Get the look:

Mavala Natural French Manicure White Set

Mavala Natural French Manicure White Set

£12.95
essie Original Nail Polish - Cocktail Bling

essie Original Nail Polish

£8.29
essie Original Nail Polish - Russian Roulette

essie Original Nail Polish

£8.29


6. 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.

Get the look:

Jessica Custom Nail Colour - Blue Moon

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£9.45
Mavala Nail Colour - 49-White

Mavala Nail Colour

£4.40 £5.50 (20% off)


7. 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.

Get the look:

Jessica Phenom Vivid Nail Colour - Caviar Dreams

Jessica Phenom Vivid Nail Colour

£12.15
Jessica Custom Nail Colour - Sexy Safari

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£9.90

8. 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-inspired mani. It’s a classic bone-chiller that’s not too dramatic, but still provides a rock-chic feel. Pair these nails with the perfect Halloween vampy lip and you'll be looking spookilicious in no time.

Get the look:

Jessica Custom Nail Colour - Very Vinyl

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£9.45


9. 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.

Get the look:

essie Original Nail Polish - Lovie Dovie

essie Original Nail Polish

£8.29

10. 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.

Get the look:

Jessica Classic Temptation Nail Polish Gift Set

Jessica Classic Temptation Nail Polish Gift Set

£25.20

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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Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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