19 Halloween Nail Art Designs Perfect for Short Nails

Halloween 2022 is right around the corner – which means it’s about time to get those last-minute dates for the spookiest night of the year. Want inspiration?

Luckily for you, Bustle has already rounded up some fiery nail art designs for those who prefer all black on Halloween, and of course, curated a list of easy-to-recreate makeup looks for 31 when you need a costume in a pinch. But these short nail art ideas bring spooky vibes all month long, whether or not you’re dressing up for the occasion. There are trendy aura and velvet nails (with an appropriate dark touch) and even celestial designs that are simply mesmerizing (and are year-round vibes, TBH). And from minimal skeleton designs for your inner sweet girl, to creepy bloody tricks that bring a bit of gore – there truly is a mani for every aesthetic.

So, whether you’re celebrating a horror-filled holiday or opting for a cozy night in with the latest horror movies on deck, here are 19 Halloween nail art design ideas to put my fellow girls on. short nails in mind.


vampire vibes

These vampire teeth inspired tips are the perfect balance between minimal effort and creepy seriousness.


Dark Aura Nails

Aura nails are the hottest nail trend this season – and this dark version is perfect for Halloween.


Oh so emerald

For those who prefer a classic vibe, hit on shimmering emerald hues for a look that’s simply mesmerizing (like this iconic manicure on Selena Gomez).


dripping with blood

These nails are so bloody good.


Minimal ghosts

If you’re a fan of a classic French mani, these simple white ghosts aren’t too far off.


clown queen

For clown costumes, Harley Quinn cosplays and beyond, these clown inspired nails are a vibe.


Sky Gems

Heavenly nail art hits differently in October…


Amethyst Nails

Inspired by amethyst stones, these sparkly purple nails are perfect for the Halloween season.


pink cry

Whether Revenge of a Blonde and the spooky SZN had a nail art-loving child.


Euphoria Stans only

Maddy’s iconic nails from Euphoria – but for short nails – give major Halloween vibes. Chef’s kiss.


Sweet girl skeletons

Skeletons, but make them cute.


Chic blood red

For those who aren’t a fan of creepy nail art, these chic nails in a rusty blood red hue are still perfect for October.


black and white spiders

Simple and sweet for All Saints.


Candy corn vibes

Sweet corn isn’t for everyone…but these sparkly copper nails are.

Christopher S. Washington