Top 10 Halloween Nail Art Inspirations

By Carly Cochrane - 3 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:

Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish - 410-Wild Spice

Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish

£2.62


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

£4.40

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:

Revolution High Gloss Nail Polish - Ghost

Revolution High Gloss Nail Polish

£4.00
Nails Inc Life Hack Nail Polish - Sexting

Nails Inc Life Hack Nail Polish

£9.90


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.

Get the look:

Jessica Custom Nail Colour - Morning Haze

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£11.00
OPI Shine Bright Christmas Collection Nail Polish - Heart & Coal

OPI Shine Bright Christmas Collection Nail Polish

£13.90

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:

NCLA Beauty Nail Lacquer - Rose Sheer

NCLA Beauty Nail Lacquer

£15.00
NCLA Beauty Nail Lacquer - Ask The Magic 8 Ball

NCLA Beauty Nail Lacquer

£15.00
Nails Inc Life Hack Nail Polish - Sexting

Nails Inc Life Hack Nail Polish

£9.90


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:

Ciaté London Gelology Nail Polish - Midnight In Paris

Ciaté London Gelology Nail Polish

£8.40
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint - GNP35-Cotton

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint

£3.99


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:

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish - Black Taxi

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish

£10.50
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 - On The Fringe

Jessica Custom Nail Colour

£7.88


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:

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish - Chiltern Street

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish

£15.00

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:

Revolution Halloween Skull Nail Polish - Bloodthirsty

Revolution Halloween Skull Nail Polish

£3.20

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

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.

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