Spooky Nail Art Ideas to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

September 15, 2022
Mary Honkus
By: Mary Honkus | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
hands with halloween nail art on nails

Halloween may still be a month and a half away, but it’s never too early to start planning your costume — that includes all of the beauty details: from your makeup and hair, all the way to your manicure. To give you some inspo, we rounded up some of our favorite Halloween nail art to try this spooky season, below.

Spooky and Cutesy

Ghosts, cemeteries and skulls, oh my! Who knew all those creepy details could be so cute. We love the way @nailnova incorporates spooky features into this adorable manicure.


For nail art that is basically foolproof, we’re turning to this ghostly manicure. It’s more cute than creepy, too. All you have to do is blob on some white polish (no need to be precise!) and then dot on some black eyes. Here, @essieyall used Essie Fall for NYC as the base.

Down to the Bones

And the winner for the spookiest Halloween costume is… this nail set. This creepy black-and-white design is seasonally stunning.

Horror Movie Mani

Upgrade your Halloween mani by channeling your favorite horror movies —and be sure to finish it off  with some statement shine for the darkest night of the year. We recommend Essie Expressie FX in Iced Out Top Coat for some holographic sheen. 

Witching Hour

Who is ready to conjure some spells? This witchy manicure screams Halloween. For the perfect neutral tan base, try Essie Hike It Up from the Fall 2022 collection.

Here Kitty Kitty

If super spooky nails aren’t your thing, make your Halloween nail art cute by getting a black cat-inspired French mani. It’s purr-fect for the season.

Fancy Fingers

We love a good optical illusion, especially around Halloween. This trippy manicure will make your fingers appear even longer and will have people doing double-takes. Try Essie Run Wildflower from the Movin and Groovin collection for that perfect purple.

All-Out Spooky Season

Forget the angel wings, we’re feeling a little more devious this Halloween. This manicure has a little bit of everything — pumpkins, cobwebs, spiders and all those little details that remind us of Halloween. Don’t forget to keep your nails intact with Essie Gel Couture Matte Top Coat – because the scariest thing this season is chipped nail art.

Additional reporting by Trishna Rikhy, Design: Juliana Campisi, Photo: @nailswithclau

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