These Celebrity Halloween Nails Might Be Better Than Their Actual Costumes

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Vanessa Hudgens witchy Halloween nails

There are two types of people in this world: those who plan their Halloween costumes while summer is still in full swing, and those who have to physically fight for that last pair of sparkly black cat ears at Party City on October 30. Most celebrities seem to fall in the former category. Maybe it's the unfettered access to custom costumes, but no matter why stars go all-out for the holiday, thank goodness they do — scrolling through their looks is the most fun thing about November 1. But even among costumes, nothing can touch the creativity of celebrity Halloween nails.

Regardless if they’re a finishing touch on an actual, head-to-toe costume or just a low-key spooky season motif, you’re hard-pressed to find better holiday for elaborate manicures than Halloween. To provide a little mid-month inspiration, TZR is gathering up some of the most memorable celebrity Halloween manicures, straight from the elite nail artists who made them happen. Regardless of if you’re after just a touch of Halloween like Kendall Jenner’s orange tips or some scary-chic glamour like Megan Thee Stallion’s Dracula fang nail art, there’s endless inspiration from your favorite stars.

Check out the best celebrity Halloween nail ideas right here.

Kylie Jenner


Glam, vampy, a little bit scary — it’s all the perfect recipe for Jenner’s glossy black stiletto nails, created by Kim Truong, to match her Elvira costume. If you’re not so into orange for Halloween, a witchy shade of black is neutral yet still festive.

Megan Thee Stallion


No one does Halloween glamour like Megan Thee Stallion. She has so many horror movie-themed manicures in her archives — who could forget this rhinestone spider set? — it’s nearly impossible to crown one as the very best. However, the creativity in this vampire manicure is next level — check out the way the “bloody” nails are pointed like fangs while the rest are perfectly squared off.

Hailey Bieber


How has Bieber kept high-def pictures of this enchanted sea witch costume under wraps for so long?! The murky green eyeshadow is amazing on its own, but when paired with this magnetic cat-eye manicure in similar straight-from-the-sea shades? Perfect.

Vanessa Hudgens


The Coachella queen herself always loves a theme, especially when it’s deep, moody, and more than a little spooky. Hudgens’ ombré bone nails are scarily good — and even glow in the dark.

Kourtney Kardashian


Just like her youngest sister, Kardashian goes through so many different Halloween costumes in any given year that she probably has to stick to a classic black manicure out of pure necessity.

Cardi B


Who says Halloween nails have to be dark and spooky? To play off the fiery, cartoon-chic shade of red found in her naughty nurse costume and matching waist-length wig, Cardi B and expert nail artist Jenny Bui settled on this Swarovski crystal-studded manicure in a captivating royal blue.

Sydney Sweeney

Cutesy Halloween nails are enjoying a renaissance, and Sweeney’s adorable ghost tips prove why. They’re subtle, charming, and even feel so trendy thanks to the pseudo French-tip look created by their ghostly little tails.

Kendall Jenner


Simple touches can make a huge statement, and no one knows that better than Jenner. Her mix of orange French tips, solid orange nails, and negative space tips fit the month’s vibe without necessarily screaming Halloween.

Katy Perry


As part of the promotional work for her Smile album, Perry put a wildly glamorous spin on the classic clown look thanks to sky-blue makeup, drawn-on brows, and a constellation of reflective scales fixed to her nails. The shimmery look comes courtesy of Kim Truong, Perry’s go-to nail artist.

Tia Mowry

Mowry, who is already a Halloween icon for Twitches, opted for a glitter-soaked candy corn gel manicure, complete with solid orange accent pointer fingers. It’s the kind of subtly on-theme nail art that blends in with everyday outfits but still pulls plenty of double-takes.

Megan Fox


Forget October — Fox keeps the scary-chic manicures in rotation all year long. But when spooky season does roll around, she more than commits. She too opted for some blood-dripping nail art, but chose a dark, metallic red polish for a little extra glamour.

Christina Aguilera


In another highly versatile Halloween nail art moment, Christina Aguilera’s blood-drip French manicure, designed by Kim Truong, saw the pop star through several Halloween festivities — including her glitter-accented glam clown costume. If you can’t commit to full-on Halloween nail art, these subtly spooky tips are a perfect touch.

Ciara (As Megan Thee Stallion)

Despite a whopping four Halloween costumes all dedicated to iconic Black female music stars (Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Janet Jackson), Ciara switched up her nails to match all of them. For her recreation of Megan’s Girls In The Hood cover, she teamed up with celebrity nail artist Miho Okawara for a set of baby pink tips all adorned with tiny chain links.

Bella Hadid


Hadid could have gone for some over-the-top design to match her sexy prehistoric Halloween costume, but she opted for pure sleekness instead. These glossy black almond-shaped nails are both ideal for the costume and just witchy enough for an everyday infusion of the Halloween spirit.

Joey King


Not only did King give her Halloween nails a fresh spin by going for an unexpected color pairing, but she made it feel even more unique by topping it all with a matte coating. The creepy creature design is spot-on for the season while staying so playful.

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