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Our Halloween participation will never reach Heidi Klum-level craziness, but we do like to keep it low-key festive. Let a themed manicure be your costume, because at least it doesn’t involve fake blood or I-regret-everything glitter. From literal coffins to abstract candy corn, here are 17 spooky manicures to try this holiday.

Nails That Kill

Just a few murderers casually chilling on your nail beds. Dedicate each nail to the famous horror movie villain of your choice. You can leave the pinkies bright red to draw even more attention to the infamous stars.

Design by @fingerbangportland

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Blood Thirsty

This blood red nail effect is perfect if you’re stepping out with the classic vampire costume this Halloween or if you’re just a huge Twilight fan (no judgement). Start with a foil base and then add a red glass gel for the vile effect.

Design by @asabree

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Black Widow

To create a spooky spiderweb nail, start with a shimmery base coat and add white lines. Those detail-oriented folks out there can add rhinestones to make the webs pop. Your black widow look is officially complete.

Design by @naominailsnyc

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It Nails

Start with a screening of It, then add a white base coat, then recreate your favorite characters form the movie. You’re Finn Wolfhard’s character and Pennywise is promising perfectly done graphic nails down in the sewer.

Design by @asabree

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Coffin Nails

Take the coffin nail trend literally with, well, coffins. After shaping your edge, paint your nail black. Once dry add a gold outline and a detail to the center.

Design by @nail_unistella

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Dia de los Muertos

We’ve discussed our exhaustion of Dia de los Muertos face paint, but as a nail design? We’re still down. Start with a white base, then add flowers for the eyes. Once dry and the finishing details in black.

Design by @lenareitz

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Black Cat

Black cats are a bad omen, but they’re pretty adorable as a Halloween nail. Give each nail a peekaboo kitten from different sides of your nail for a fun look.

Design by @lenareitz

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Killer Knives

Have horror film at your fingertips with this killer look. You’ll need clear falsies, then paint on each knife in silver and black.

Design by @nailsbymei

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Slithering Snake

A slithering snake is a nightmare to most but it makes for a really chill nail design. Start with a clear coat. Once dry, paint a continuing, wavy streak in red across your hand. Detail the snake’s design with white and black, then finish it with a topcoat.

Design by @flowidity108

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Moon Phases

From waxing crescent to waning gibbous, paint each stage of the moon for each nail. To get the moon’s irregular texture, try a small-scale version of water marbling using a wet cotton swab to dab the gray polish.

Design by @aliciatnails

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Minimalist Moons

If you’re more into minimalism, try this nude half-moon design. It’s an understated Halloween nail you can wear well into November.

Design by @theeditorialnail

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Swirling Ghost

Mix the marbling technique with a pumpkin hue for an abstract ghost vibe.

Design by @jinsoon

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Abstract Candy Corn

Candy corn might not be your treat of choice, but its orange, yellow and white color combo can provide you with a inspired, abstract design like this.

Design by @paintboxnails

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Alternating Motifs

If you can’t decide on a Halloween motif, dedicate each nail to multiple styles with this all-encompassing design.

Design by @hannahroxit

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Negative Ghosts

Or take ghosts literally with this adorable outline. Start with a clear base, then paint the ghost shape in leaving the half moon of your nail bare. Add the eyes and mouth details in black, then seal it with a topcoat.

Design by @cassmariebeauty

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Beetlejuice Stripes

Black and white stripes will always remind us of Tim Burton. Paired with bright orange nail polish makes it a graphic, seasonal nail.

Design by @nataliepavloskinails

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