Halloween is nearly here and there is so much to do! From planning parties and making costumes to creating scary and delicious foods and even decorating the yard to frighten the neighbors, I’ve always found this a busy yet really fun time of the year. Of course, I normally do so much DIY with the house decorations and food that I rarely get time to think about my own decorating. And by that, I mean my nails.
I love manicures that match the season. I always have a little Christmas theme going on during the holidays but have never really considered Halloween manicures…until now. When you spend so much time making the perfect costume and planning everything out right down to the letter, it just seems a shame to neglect your fingernails, right? Right! And I’ve got a wonderful collection of 40 DIY nail art designs that you can do. Some of these only take a few minutes so even if you stay busy with your party planning and costume making, you’ll have time at the last minute to pull these off. And, some of the go wonderfully with these DIY Halloween lip art designs.
Like I said, I love manicures but they can be really expensive at salons. I stopped going to salons to have my nails done when the cost got so ridiculously high. So, I started doing my own nail art and it’s a really fun and relaxing way to treat yourself. You don’t even have to be a real artist to pull off some of these wonderful Halloween nail art designs and they will go perfectly with any costume that you plan to wear. You should also check out these Halloween hairstyles to complement your nails and your costume.
DIY Halloween nail art is not as difficult as you might think. You can make any number of styles and designs using colors that you probably already have on hand and if you don’t have them, you can pick up Dollar Store colors for about a dollar each. You’re going to love these nail art designs and I hope you will share your favorite and how well it matched your Halloween costume!
21. Eerie Graveyard Nails
22. Frankenstein Monster Skin Nail Art
These Frankenstein nails are a bit different than others because instead of having Frankenstein’s face, you just have his skin. These are super easy to make, too. Just paint your nails with an appropriate shade of green and then add the scars with black polish. You can do this with a polish pen, which are pretty cheap at most department stores and Dollar Stores, or you can draw it on with a tiny paintbrush.
23. DIY Spooky Halloween Ghost Nails
These little ghosts really aren’t that spooky but they are perfect for Halloween. They’re also really simple to do. Just paint your nails black and then add the ghosts with white polish. A polish pen would really be helpful with these or you could use a really small makeup brush to create the lines, eyes and other smaller aspects of your ghosts.
24. Mummy Water Marble Nails
Mummies are perfect for Halloween. If you’re planning to dress up as a mummy, these mummy water marble nails will perfectly match your costume. Or, you could just wear them for fun. They’re pretty easy to make and they use a water marbling technique that is really gorgeous. Just add googly eyes when your nails have dried. You could also do this with black and orange if you don’t want the mummy look but still want the water marbling look.
25. Ghoulish Bloody Monster Nails
These bloody monster nails are really creepy and perfect for Halloween. They’re so easy to make. You just paint your nails with a base coat in green – choose a ghoulish monster green – and then add “bloody” tips with red polish. Drag lines of your bloody color with a bobby pin or polish pen to create the illusion of dripping blood. Then top it off with a clear coat to keep them looking perfect for days.
26. Simple DIY Skull Nails
These little skulls are really easy and so perfectly Halloween. You start with a black base coat and then paint your skulls with white polish. You really don’t have to be an artist to make these simple skulls, either. You just have to be able to paint lines, which you can do with a toothpick, bobby pin, or a polish pen, whatever you have on hand.
27. DIY Whimsical Vampire Nail Art
These little vampires are also really easy to create and add such a whimsical touch to your Halloween fashion. Begin with a black base coat and then draw in your vampires with white and a little red for the eyes. These are so simple and would be perfect for little girls who want something sort of scary but not over the top creepy.
28. DIY Harry Potter Nail Art
With wizards, monsters and loads of other magical aspects, Harry Potter is perfect for helping you to up your Halloween fashion. This Harry Potter nail art is fabulous and it’s pretty easy to replicate. You could do the colors of Gryffindor or Slytherin or just recreate aspects of your favorite characters. These are so great and they’re perfect for Halloween or any time of the year if you’re a true Harry Potter fan.
29. Simple Stitched French Manicure
Sometimes you just don’t have the time to create something really fancy, which is why these stitched french manicure nails are perfect. They take very little time and are so easy to do. Just paint your nails a nude or clear base coat and then paint in stitches with black polish. How easy is that? You can have these done in under 15 minutes and they’re perfect for any Halloween event you may be having.
30. DIY Horror Movie Nails
If you love horror movies then these horror movie inspired nails are a must. You start with a gray base coat and then create scenes from your favorite movies. I love these nails that were inspired by Poltergeist, but you could choose any movie you want. Make a black ring for a Ring inspired set or you could create Jason’s mask, whatever movie is your favorite!
31. Horror Movie Inspired Nail Decals
These horror movie nail decals are only $5 on Etsy for a set of 20. That’s two sets of nails that you could do in traditional horror movie style! These are great if you’re in a pinch for time. Just stick them on your already painted nails and you’re all done. You get Chucky, Jason, Freddie, and other horror movie slashers. These are perfect for scary nails if you just don’t have time to create them yourself.
32. Cute DIY Jack-O-Lantern Nails
This little jack-o-lantern is too adorable and so easy to make. You could do these for little girls to give them a great addition to their Halloween fashion or wear them yourself. Do just one to accent your other nails or add a cute little pumpkin guy to each of your nails if you have time. They’re pretty simple and don’t take a lot of time to create.
33. Jack Skellington Inspired Nail Art
If you love A Nightmare Before Christmas then you are going to really love these Jack Skellington inspired nails. These are so simple and you only need white and black polish. Just create your stripes and add a skeleton face on a nail or two for Jack. You could also create the swirl and do any number of other characters if you have time and are really creative.
34. Friday The 13th Inspired Nails
I have always loved the Friday The 13th movies, even though they scared me quite a bit in my younger days. That said, I think these Jason mask nails are perfect for Halloween or even anytime you’re planning a Friday The 13th movie marathon. The mask is super easy to create and you can have it on all of your nails or on just one and paint the others to look like blood splatters.
35. DIY Tissue Mummy Nails
If you really want to make a statement with your nail art, these mummy nails will certainly do it. They’re made with tissue paper so they actually look like mummy nails. These are a bit time consuming considering you have to tear or cut your tissue, but they are definitely worth the time. The process is really easy and they’re fool-proof! You won’t mess these up no matter how much you think you will.
36. Easy DIY Neon Skeletons
Halloween nails don’t necessarily have to be frightening or creepy. I think these neon skeletons are perfect for Halloween fashion and they’re so colorful! If you just want to make a statement, these will definitely do that. They’re not terribly difficult to make and are sure to draw attention. They’re perfect for office Halloween parties or even trick-or-treat night for the kids.
37. Easy DIY Pumpkin Nails
Okay, so these pumpkins would also be perfect for Thanksgiving, but I love them for Halloween as well. They’re great for little ones who don’t want something scary or just for anyone who wants to dress up a bit without being too gory. You can paint these on and leave them until November so you’re all fashionable for weeks, and they’re pretty easy to do and won’t take much time at all.
38. Splatter Web Nails
These spider web splatter nails are great. They’re easy to do and pretty perfect for Halloween. Personally, I hate spiders but these little guys are totally harmless and are sure to spur some fun conversation. You just need white, red and black polish to make these and the splatter technique is really simple. Then you just have to add your spiders, which you can freehand or use decals.
39. Spooky Witch’s Brew Nails
These spooky nails look like a witch’s brew and they’re really adorable. The design looks like a cauldron and you can see what’s inside. There’s some sort of green goo along with spiders, eyes and other elements that give these nails a wonderfully fun look. You could be really creative with these and do just about anything inside the brew that you wanted.
40. Creepy DIY Zombie Nails
Of course zombies have to be part of your Halloween fashion, right? If you love The Walking Dead or any other zombie series or movie, these are perfect. They’re also perfect for those zombie costumes and really will look like actual zombie fingernails. They’re dirty and black and have just the right amount of blood dripping from the ends.
And, they’re super easy to make!