The Ultimate Halloween Nail Art Inspiration Guide

Halloween looks different this year. Your nails didn't get the memo.

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Resist themed nail art in favor of low-key manicure colors as long as you want. But here's a little crystal ball prediction—I'm being a fortune teller this year, nbd—there will come a time when you will find yourself Halloween nail-art curious. There is no shame in this exploration. The rest of us having been waiting, and we're here to tell you that themed Halloween nails are creepy, kooky, and honestly way more fun.

Muted amber is cute, but aren't tiny little mummy stitches even better? Matte black is simple and sophisticated, no doubt. But have you ever bedecked your nails in confetti? Thanks to Instagram, the options of inspiration are practically endless. Take a scroll, and pick your tips based on your skill level, your free time, or the talent of your favorite local nail professional. And if you're sitting trick or treating out this year, you don't need us to remind you that Halloween nails are très 'grammable. Check out all 58 designs Team MC loves, below, and get inspired to wear Halloween nails all month long.

1. Jungle Nails

Starting off subtle here with an easy mani that will match your costume, whether you're a lion, a tiger or a bear—oh my!

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2. Spiderweb Nails

Update your usual spider-themed manicure by adding a colorful accent nail into the mix.

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3. Pop Art Nails

If you're channeling some retro energy into your next Halloween costume, make sure that your manicure fits the vibe, too.

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4. Bat Nails

Bat-inspired nails needn't be spooky! Glittery accents on each nail add a bit of flare.

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5. Gothic Butterfly Nails

This butterfly manicure gets a spooky upgrade courtesy of the matte-black finish.

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6. Melted Smiley Face Nails

This nail art design works for any time of year, so it's great a option if you're taking a low-key approach to Halloween this year.

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7. Starry Night Nails

A set of starry night-themed nails will perfectly compliment your witch costume.

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8. Smoking Hot Nails

Or, choose a smokey-themed set to match those witch's brew vibes.

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9. Neon Eyeball Nails

A neon eye-themed manicure strikes an ideal balance between fun and freaky.

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10. Tortoiseshell Nails

Tortoiseshell nails are great any time of year but are also great if you're going as a cat or as a mouse for Halloween this year.

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11. Pumpkin Patch Nails

Update your orange manicure with some very on-theme spiders this year.

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12. Cheetah Girl Nails

Show off your feisty side with this set of cheetah-printed nails for Halloween this year.

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13. Deck of Cards Mani

Are you going as a magician for Halloween? Then you need this dainty deck of cards-themed mani to match!

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14. Tie Dye Nails

If you're dressing up in a groovy '70s-inspired fit this year, try out a tie-dye mani.

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15. Candy Corn Mani

Even if you're not a fan of actually eating candy corns, you can't deny how cute they look on your nails.

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16. Galaxy Nails

These galaxy-themed nails are far out—literally!

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17. Frankenstein Mani

Show off your love for classic Halloween costumes by repping this Frankenstein-themed manicure this year.

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18. Dalmatian Mani

No Cruella De Vil costume is truly complete without a dalmatian-themed manicure!

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19. Confetti Nails

This easy-to-copy manicure works with so many different costumes—and it looks great even if you mess it up a little, too!

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20. Ice Cream & Sprinkles Mani

This ice cream-themed manicure is as sweet as can be!

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21. Zombie Nails

If you're no nail art pro, try out something simple this year like a zombie-themed manicure. Just paint the top half of your nails white, add a black line through the center, and finish off with a few tick marks!

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22. Monarch Mani

Or, if you do consider yourself something of a nail artist, show off your skills and paint a whole monarch butterfly on your nails!

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23. Wicked Witch Mani

There's something witchy in the air this year, and I think it's your nails!

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24. Snakeskin Nails

If you want to update your Harry Potter-inspired Slytherin costume, add on a set of snake-printed nails.

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25. Fall Foliage Mani

If you and your friends are going as the four seasons for Halloween, you need to make sure that you deck your nails out in this fall-themed mani.

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26. Black Widow Mani

A spider costume is a failsafe way to win at Halloween year after year. Update your costume this year by adding in some black widow-themed nails.

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27. Match Your Cat Ears Mani

You're a cat, duh! Show it off with this kitty-themed manicure.

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28. Vampire Nails

If you're more Team Edward than Team Jacob, you need these vampire-themed nails this year.

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29. Flower Power Mani

This ain't your basic floral manicure!

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30. Black Panther's Nakia Nails

I love how high-tech these Black Panther-inspired nails look.

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31. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century Mani

Starlight, star bright, these are the first stars you'll see (on your nails) tonight!

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32. Candy Striper Nails

No, it's not time for Christmas-themed nails just yet. These nails work for your devil-themed costume, too!

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33. Wicca Nails

Your basic witch costume will never be the same after you add in these nails.

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34. Clueless Nails

Update your Clueless costume with a pair of totally adorable plaid nails.

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35. Child of the '70s Mani

This set of nails looks like your very own lava lamp. Groovy, baby!

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36. Wakanda Forever Nails

We get it—you love to binge Marvel movies in your free time. Show it off with these Blank Panther-themed nails.

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37. Zebra Mani

Are you tired of going as a cheetah for Halloween? Then go as a zebra—and make sure you do a mani to match!

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38. "Bloody" Zombie Nails

This matte manicure is a twist on the oxblood one you get as soon as the weather cools down. Plus, it will go with so many costumes!

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39. Josie and the Pussycats Nails

These nails are great for when you want your costume to be equal parts sweet and sassy.

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40. Modern Goth Mani

The combination of matte and shiny textures on this manicure feels so cool.

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41. Obligatory Ghost Mani

It wouldn't be Halloween if you didn't post at least one picture of a ghost-themed manicure, right?

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42. Boogieman Nails

Have you seen The Nightmare Before Christmas one too many times than you'd like to admit? Then this manicure should be your go-to.

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43. Fairy Mani

This fairy-inspired manicure is great if you're dying to show off your inner nail tech this Halloween.

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44. Wonder Woman Nails

Don your Lasso of Truth and get this red, white, and gold manicure ASAP.

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45. Sonic the Hedgehog Nails

When your costume makes such a statement, there's no need to go all-out on your nails.

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46. Mod Mani

This design is so simple and classic.

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47. Astrologer Nails

Who said that manicures need to stop at the actual nails? This design proves that you should deck out your entire finger this year.

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48. Clown Nails

Pull out your tiny circular decals to make this colorful mani really pop.

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49. Monster Mani

Forget "Monster Mash." It's all about the monster-themed manis this year.

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50. Unicorn Nails

If you love glitter, this pink unicorn-inspired nail design is for you.

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51. Sailor Moon Nails

These nails are subtle enough to work year-round—but totally compliment your costume, too.

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52. Disco Queen Nails

Show off just how much you love ABBA by rocking this set of shiny gold nails this year.

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53. Cyborg Mani

See-through tips are seriously everywhere right now, so this sci-fi-inspired manicure is totally on-trend.

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54. Glam Rocker Nails

Using star-shaped decals will make this punky manicure come together in seconds.

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55. Mermaid Mani

All you need is a glittery top coat to make this mermaid-inspired manicure really shine.

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56. Grim Reaper Nails

Use strips of tape to make sure that the lines on this design are totally straight.

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57. Frankenstein's Monster Mani

This easy-looking nail design might take you a bit of time to get perfect, but I promise that it's totally worth it in the end.

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58. Pumpkin Nails

So you love pumpkins but you don't love the shade of orange that they come in. No worries! This pastel manicure has you covered.

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59. Fire Mani

Bring the heat this Halloween by covering your nails in this flame print.

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60. Alien Nails

These nails are super easy to copy on your own (or just recreate using nail stickers).

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61. Cow Nails

Cow print has taken over the internet this year. Show off your appreciation for the pattern by covering your nails in it for Halloween.

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62. Under the Sea Nails

Oh, you're going as a mermaid for Halloween this year? Then these holographic nails are perfect for you.

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63. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Nails

Show off your love for the beloved cult classic film by decking out your nails this year.

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64. Race Car Driver Nails

Beep beep, coming through! These nails being the speed to your racecar driver-inspired costume.

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