These Incredible Halloween Manicures Will Make Up for Your Lack of Costume This Year

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Oct. 20 2021, Updated 6:49 p.m. ET

Halloween is upon us, and whether or not you have a great costume in mind, it's always fun to celebrate even just a little bit. That's where nails come in!

It's possible you don't want to go all out in new wardrobes and face paint, and would prefer to celebrate in a way that's slightly more low-key. While some of these styles are wilder, and therefore a bit more complicated than others, each of these 9 Halloween nail ideas will be sure to wow your friends all month long.

Get creative this year with these spooky Halloween nail ideas:

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1. Witchy Nails

These nails are beautiful because they're not too overstated and you have to look close to realize they're even Halloween-themed. Otherwise, they're just a lovely chrome purple with a matte finish. Add the witchy stamps in white varnish and they're perfect for a spooky costume, then recycle the style without them for the rest of the year.

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2. Spider Web Nails

Now this is a web we wouldn't mind being tangled in! This gorgeous set boasts web painted accent nails, gems, and an elevated French design that bridges the gap between an elegant and sassy look.

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3. A Witch on a Starry Night

There is so much beauty going on in this nail style, which makes sense since the artist says they "mixed two challenges in one mani." Those challenges were "wicked witches" on the one hand, and "stars" on the other, and boy do they come together to make the perfect fall night manicure.

The detail here is absolutely gorgeous; look at those trees!

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4. Orange Glitter with a Twist

Step into the world of Halloween glam courtesy of this orange extra-long square set. This number switches things up with gold glitter nails and a solid color accent nail with a glitzy spider. It's chic and right on trend.

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5. What are YOU looking at?

Eyeballs make the perfect Halloween nails, but this person went the extra mile by incorporating what looks like an actual three-dimensional ball into the manicure. Extra points for the simple bloody touches on the otherwise natural nails around it.

This manicure is guaranteed to turn some heads!

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6. Pumpkin 'n' Things

Not quite sure where to turn for your Halloween manicure look? Luckily, this pumpkin-inspired mani is a great way to get into the spirit while taking a simple-meets-trendy touch. With a mix of jack-o'-lanterns, ghosts, and themed leaves, this manicure will knock your look out of the park.

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7. These nails are 'IT'!

When the time of the year comes around to decide what to dress up as, we tend to think first of the best scary movies we've seen. With the popularity of the recent IT films, this manicure is all the more amazing. It's got it all from the scary clown, to glittery blood, and even an uncanny reproduction of the logo. We also love the black matte nails that give the designed nails more room to shine.

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8. Alien Nails

Any talk of aliens is a surefire way to either creep or pique someone's interest. And when it comes to a manicure set, it's likely to meet the latter. This design adds a gloomy yet beautiful touch to the world's most mysterious creature, which is right on trend for the spooky season.

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9. Candy Corn Nails

Candy corns aren't that yummy when it comes to candy, but when it comes to nails, we're obsessed with the look. We're loving the camouflage vibe here of the nails digging through candy corn, which we recommend re-creating if you go for this manicure. More than that, without the context of Halloween, these colors would look cute together at even a springier time of the year.

Happy Halloween! We hope these Halloween nail ideas inspire you to go for a creative, spooky, or even cute manicure this season.

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