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Halloween isn’t just a holiday for kids. It’s a great time to get creative not just with your wardrobe and costumes, but with your everyday nail designs too! Whether you’re a horror fan or you want to add a little edge to your usual autumn color palette, there are so many unique ideas to help you get into the Halloween spirit. Try out one (or all!) of these 12 spooky Halloween nail designs that are sure to get plenty of compliments from your friends and family!
1. Candy Corn Nails
While not exactly candy corn designs, these nails certainly use the candy corn color scheme. What makes these nails even cuter are the adorable white ghosts. The orange also adds a pop of color.
2. Cobweb Tips
With a nude base and black tips, this simple cobweb design really pulls together these acrylic nails. You can paint on the cobwebs yourself using a thin brush and quick, and adding white strokes.
3. Vampire Red
These deep red nails give off elegant vampire vibes. This is a great design if you’re a horror movie fan or maybe going to a costume party as Morticia. They work great for longer nails!
If you enjoy a simple aesthetic with minimal effort, then you have to give this nail design a try! Paint three nails black and a clear coat on the other two fingers where you can add a little spider and cobweb. Minimal, but lets everyone know you are ready for Halloween!
5. Dots and Bats
Looking to get a little more unique and detailed? Give your nails wavy-edged tips in Halloween colors like black, orange, and white. Using a dotting tool, make dots only in the tips and use the rest of the nail space to add images like bats, cobwebs, and stars.
6. Pumpkin Flowers
Who says floral designs are for summertime only? Put a playful twist on stiletto nails by adding little jack-o-lanterns in the middle of the flowers. Using a matte orange color on the rest of your nails adds the perfect finishing touch!
7. Mauve and Spooky
Pink is usually not a fall color, but we don’t always have to play by the rules. These square, mauve nails are made just spooky enough by the subtle spiderwebs. This is a great idea if you don’t like to use typical Halloween colors.
8. Black and White
Black and white are a match made in Heaven and look stylish throughout all seasons. For a slightly spookier look, aim for an off-white color with pink undertones and a subtle black outline. Make sure to use polishes with a matte finish for a simple but beautiful set.
If you love scary movie marathons, then these black almond nails will make you jump with delight (not fright)! These punk black nails look a little plain, but you can fix that by adding the word “Boo” to one of your nails with white polish. These nails pay homage to all the things we love about horror movies: being dark and spooky.
10. Cat Eye Gel Nails
Here’s an interesting design to try if you want to get all the compliments! These gel nails have a reflective surface that looks cat-eye-like. You can achieve this by using any color gel base and then using a magnetic polish coat on top. These nails give a galaxy effect if using dark colors like blue or black. But for a Halloween look, this dark red color seems just right.
11. Scream Nails
Another great design for pink fans who also love the Scream movies. These almond-shaped Halloween nails show off a playfully odd dynamic: baby pink tips with shimmery, spider webs and Ghostface adorning the two middle nails.
12. Witchy Nails
Want a subtle witchy vibe this Halloween? These dark French tips are both elegant and mysterious. Adding some simple nail art such as a moon, spiderweb, dots, and stars, this design will have everyone bewitched!
Which of these creative Halloween nails will you try out this fall? Let us know in the comments.