13 Halloween Nail Art Ideas That Don't Involve Pumpkins & Candy Corn

Asking for a striped candy-cane nail in December is kind of like asking for a lollipop after the doctor gives you a shot — something we'd like to think we've outgrown. But with the rise of Instagram, and the correlation between trendy manicures and the number of likes you get on your hand-around-the-mug pic, seasonally-inspired nail art has suddenly gone from childlike and cheesy to subtle and chic.

And with the spookiest of holidays coming up soon, we're adjusting our manis accordingly. From blood-dipped art to fingers that shoot daggers, these are Halloween nails you'll actually feel cool wearing.

@aliciatnails
Go Frankenstein-ish with these stitched nails. A minimalist's dream for maximizing negative space, it's the Halloween equivalent of a French manicure.
@nailinghollywood
It's the solar eclipse, which isn't exactly Halloween-y, but still an eerie moment that we're going to say qualifies.
@nailsinc
Keep it simple with long, super-shiny black talons. Held up next to oil-slicked lids, it makes for a villainous look.
@jinsoon
Because orange and black is just too obvious.
@paintboxnails
The chicest way to do a sliver of moon on a pitch-black night.
@paintboxnails
Bring out your daggers with this design. It lets you tease dramatic faux-talons without actually filing acrylics to a pointed tip.
@chalkboardnails
Textured polish adds a little dimension to your nail. Part holiday, part puffed Cheeto — not a bad combo.
@cannibalismkilledthecat
If you're going as Spider-Woman, these cobweb nails will up your costume's coolness tenfold.
@dramaocelotnails
Bloody color? Check. Ghostly accent nail? Yep. Sharp tips all around? These nails are officially badass.
@paintboxnails
Bet you didn't think the candy corn colors could look this sophisticated.
@wild_oleander
Black with a sheer white overlay is like the manicure equivalent of that eerie gust of wind in the night that sends shivers down your spine and makes your hair stand on end.
@carissarossi
Blood drips are an easy way to elevate your classic red nails for the occasion. (And hide the fact that your at-home manicure skills aren't always so sharp.)
@essiepolish
We're big fans of the words-on-nails look, a trend that lends itself to many Halloween possibilities. This particular look is haunting and pop culture-relevant — ask any PLL fan.
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