While costumes are generally reserved for Halloween day, you can show appreciation for the season with a few bottles of polish, a little patience, and those ten little canvases you have built onto the ends of your fingers. Enter: simple Halloween nails.
There are Halloween nail options that celebrate the holiday, while still being doable for the common folk. You know, those without magic hands and years of experience turning simple fingernails into elaborate works of art. We appreciate the artistry of those folks, but we’re pretty sure they sold their soul to the devil for those skills, and he’s not taking our calls right now.
From strategic color schemes with spider webs and ombre tones, to adorable illustrations of ghosts, bats, and pumpkins, here are our favorite manicures for the spooky season.
21 Simple Halloween Nails
1. Adorable Ghostie Nails
Casper only wishes he could look this friendly. Look at that smile!
2. Warm Fall Colors
This warm, shimmery color scheme is a perfect compliment to how warm and fuzzy we feel when we see this cute ghost and curly q pumpkin vine. Yeah, sure, it could be the wine.
3. Pink Halloween Nails
4. Simple Halloween Nails
We don’t usually see such happy-looking pumpkins, but we’d be smiling too if we knew we could hang out on these cute nails instead of being destined to rot away on a porch somewhere.
5. Raven Nails
These nails are so impressive that we can’t even be mad that we just spent 30 minutes going down Google rabbit holes on the differences between ravens and crows. And trying to figure out if we could pull off that pointy hat and frilly collar. Is it delulu to think we can?
6. Halloween Mix-N-Match Nails
Like plunging your hand into a bowl of assorted mini candies, this varied set of nails has something fun for everyone. Bonus, there’s no danger of accidentally grabbing a Tootsie Roll. The horror.
7. Spider Web Nails
If spider webs in real life were this glam, we wouldn’t mind accidentally walking through them. Peter Parker, talk to your product designers.
8. Frankenstein Nails
We know, we know. Frankenstein is the creator, not the monster. But we tried walking around with pictures of a deranged scientist on our fingers and just got some weird looks.
9. Simple Vampire Nails
Vampires should be honored to have their kind associated with this beautiful color scheme. Especially after the PR hit they took from that sassy Olivia Rodrigo song and that Twilight baseball scene.
10. Scream Nails
Ghostface called, and he’s wondering if he can be on the pinky instead. Something about wanting to be a part of “pinkies up,” and wholesome promises?
11. Pumpkin Patch Nails
The adorable gourds on these nails make us want to sport this mani while going pumpkin picking. It’ll be totally worth waiting for the nail polish to dry, and then waiting again when we have to redo the nails because it wasn’t actually dry the first time.
12. Simple Pumpkin Nails
Finally! A way to enjoy the many possibilities of Jack-O-Lanterns without the pumpkin carving party. So long, scooping pumpkin guts and breaking cheap saws on a seemingly steel-fleshed gourd.
13. Simple Black and White Nails
We’d watch more black and white movies if they are all as well done as this. Also if all of our TV and movie watching time wasn’t taken up by The Golden Bachelor.
14. Cute Orange and Pink Halloween Nails
It’s smiles all around with these adorable takes on classic Halloween icons. Maybe this would happen if zombies had a little more fiber in their diets, or werewolves didn’t have to plan all of their nights out around that pesky moon.
15. Groovy Simple Halloween Nails
We look at these nails and see a dancing skeleton, a NASCAR flag, a skateboarding ghost, and a nod to the Scooby Doo van. Not only are these great suggestions for how to escape a zombie apocalypse, but they’d made Michelle Obama proud as creative ways to get active. Cute and informative.
16. Spooky Matte Nails
Mummy would be proud of this one. We mean the mummy on the middle fingers, this isn’t a deep-seated childhood insecurities thing. This time.
17. Ghosted Nails
Getting ghosted sucks. Becoming a ghost yourself and bragging about that via your cute manicure? Now that’s a party.
18. Glitzy Halloween Nails
These nails have it all. Halloween vibes, cute animals as ghosts, and the crushing realization that animals are mortal and will soon leave us, just like everything else we love. Nothing is scarier than reality.
19. Frosty Halloween Nails
We like to think that the frosty backdrop of these nails and little white dots reminiscent of snow are Halloween’s way of saying to ol’ Saint Nick, “Get your Christmas crap off of the shelves during our time to shine or we will come for you.”
20. Bloody Nails
What a great way to achieve the look that’s way less painful than giving yourself 10 hangnails.
21. Pumpkin and Ghost Nails
The tasteful gold accents on these nails take this simple Halloween nail design to the next level. Perfect for those dressing up as Cinderella – you’re ready for the fancy ball, and have a helpful reference if you can’t remember what your ride looks like.
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