October is officially here (where has the time gone?!), which means you may be looking for the perfect moody mani to rock during the spooky season. But as much as we enjoy a seasonal nail look, we also understand that not everyone wants to lean into Halloween with pumpkins and ghosts on their nails.
With this in mind, we set out to find plenty of pretty nail art ideas for October—none of which feature kitschy accents. Instead, you can look forward to earthy, neutral tones, creative black-and-white combinations, witchy purple creations, and more. Check them out below.
Neon Halloween Nails
Lime green, black, and orange are classic Halloween colors, but in this art deco-inspired stripe design, they're giving more "chic manicure" than "kiddy holiday nail look." We're here for it.
Earthy Abstract Riverbed Nails
October is the first full month of fall, so it's the perfect time to lean all the way into the neutral, earthy palette associated with the season. Here, you can see how an abstract approach to stripes can create a truly unique manicure.
Black Drip Tips
Forget about a bloody drip October nail look: This abstract black-tip nail art idea creates a similar vibe without evoking the gore. As for the thumb accent—that's an actual nail piercing.
Pumpkin Spice Nails
You may not want to rock actual pumpkins on your nails, but there's nothing kitschy about the seasonal color. While there are many pumpkin-inspired nail polishes out there, OPI Nail Lacquer ($12) in the shade Suzi Needs A Loch-Smith is particularly popular.
Amethyst Crystal Marble Nails
For a witchy vibe without incorporating any little faces or black cats into your nail look, consider a crystal-inspired manicure. This sparkly purple nail look is meant to look like an amethyst geode. Stunning, no?
Autumn Floral Nails
If you're not ready to say farewell to your favorite floral nail art, don't fret. You can upgrade the look for the season by getting your blooms painted in fall-friendly shades like terracotta, burgundy, and evergreen.
Mossy French Tips
Remember that mossy green polish from above? It looks fab when incorporated into a square micro French mani.
Brown and green polish work together fabulously in checkerboard form. Here, the green tone borders on bluish-gray, creating an even moodier end look.
Black Squiggle Tips
The wiggly black lines of this oval-shaped nail look give off a creepy, sinister vibe—all while looking chic as can be. The picture-perfect base of this manicure was created using The Gel Bottle Inc.'s BIAB #19 ($16).
Moody Opal Nails
Here's another witchy nail art idea. This pale opal manicure, complete with gold glitter detailing, looks fit for a magical encounter.
Magical Chrome Nails
If you like the idea of a solid manicure but prefer a bit more glam, consider swapping out your regularly glossy finish for a chrome dusting. Here, black nails were overlaid with rainbow chrome powder to create a metallic oxblood set.
Eggplant Aura Nails
Aura nails have emerged as one of the year's biggest nail trends. Here, see how the design looks especially mystical in moody purple hues perfect for Halloween.
Abstract Spooky Nails
Last but not least, we have this fun mismatched black-and-white nail look. Complete with gemstones, French tips, and aura accents, it's one October nail look sure to turn heads.