18 Jack-o'-Lantern Nail-Art Ideas So Good, They're Scary

  • Now is a great time to start thinking about your Halloween manicure.
  • Jack-o'-lantern nail art is all over Instagram right now, and there are tons of ways to get creative with the design.
  • Most jack-o'-lantern designs are easy enough to re-create at home.

Whether your Halloween plans this year include going all out and throwing a raging costume party or staying in with a bottle of wine and queue of horror films, now's as good a time as any to begin thinking about your Halloween manicure. Typically the kinds of nail-art designs we're used to seeing on nearly everyone this time of year feature fun drawings of spiderwebs, drops of blood, black cats, and even horror-movie villains, though we're here to make a case for a more classic reference to Halloween: the jack-o'-lantern.

Jack-o'-lantern nail art is all over Instagram at the moment, and the great thing about using the spooky carved pumpkin as your nail inspiration is that there are so many ways for you to get creative with your designs, and they don't only have to incorporate the traditional open-mouthed face painted in black and orange colors. You can go all out by using glitter and other nail-art accessories, experimenting with different shapes and lengths, and even blending multiple themes associated with Halloween into the same manicure.

Halloween nail art can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, and if you're looking for some inspiration on how your jack-o'-lantern manicure could look, keep reading to check out some of our favorite examples.