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Best Of Halloween: All Things Spooky

Whether or not you celebrate Halloween, there is something magical about that special spooky day, surrounded by mystery, horror, scare and trick-or-treat candies for kids and adults alike. The modern-day spirit of Halloween shines through in its tradition; everyone can dress up like a monster, superhero, or nearly anything else. It allows our imagination to unfold and lets us be whatever we want to be — for that one very special day (and night).

In this post, we celebrate the creative side of Halloween with those of you who are also planning to celebrate with friends. The post features artists around the world who have been creating wonderful illustrations dedicated to Halloween. Even if you aren’t a big fan of Halloween, we can almost guarantee that you’ll decide to celebrate by the end of this post. Don’t believe us? Well, let’s see!

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Dressing Up Link

Here’s a wonderful digital illustration that was created by Hyoju Park. She used the Procreate app on her iPad Pro to bring these two sweet cats to life, along with their not-so-amused pumpkin.

'Halloween Project' by Hyoju Park4

Illustrator: Hyoju Park5

Voodoo Dolls Series (Pt. 1) Link

Some folks like to challenge themselves. Sylvian Drolet is one of them. This little voodoo doll is just one of the terrific characters that came to life while he worked on The Voodoo Doll Series. His aim was to reunite well-known characters, superheroes or famous people all into one illustration style. We only have one thing to say: Mission accomplished!


Illustrator: Sylvain Drolet7

Halloween Kids Link

This illustration was done for a kids’ magazine called “Galeb” (Seagull). The Slovenian artist, Marko Rop, focuses mostly on children’s book illustrations, and this one was his first Halloween-themed piece of art done with the help of his Wacom Intuos tablet. Brilliant work!

'Halloween Kids' by Marko Rop8

Illustrator: Marko Rop9

Drawlloween Link

What’s Halloween without sweets, right? Well, Lindsay Dale-Scott sure didn’t want the muffin and cherry to miss the party.

'Drawlloween' by Lindsay Dale-Scott10

Illustrator: Lindsay Dale-Scott271311

The Friendly Witch Link

The colors and texture on this witch are spot on, wouldn’t you agree? Although we think that she looks a bit too kind for Halloween, you never know, she may already be planning which spell to use next!

'Drawlloween' by Lindsay Dale-Scott12

Illustrator: Lindsay Dale-Scott271311

Halloween Skater Link

As Loreta Isac is a fan of longboards herself, she decided to combine one with a pumpkin, a shoe, and a bone in one illustration. Simple objects with beautiful simplicity and a brilliant combination of colors.

'Halloween Skater' by Loreta Isac14

Image credit: Loreta Isac15

Let It Rain Candies Link

Let’s be honest: If these seven adorable children showed up at your door on Halloween, you’d probably give them all the sweets they asked you for. An impressive use of colors in this illustration, with love for detail. This piece was created by Junissa Bianda for the 2016 Halloween Tr!ckster showcase.

'Trick or Treat' by Junissa Bianda16

Illustrator: Junissa Bianda17

Kids Halloween Characters & Elements Link

The main accent colors of this illustration are blue, violet and orange. They perfectly convey the spirit of Halloween, don’t they? Daria Danilova recently created these characters for Halloween, along with patterns and templates for greeting cards.

'Kids Halloween Characters and Elements' by Daria Danilova18

Illustrator: Daria Danilova19

Pumpkin Patch Link

Lovely use of autumn colors by Caley Hicks. A fantastic pumpkin patch illustration that is quite simple yet contains a good number of detail.

'Pumpkins' by Caley Hicks20

Illustrator: Caley Hicks4721

Creepy Pages Link

Now here’s a cute idea Rawan thought of. She took an old medical book and cut out a few spooky ghosts. The result is brilliant, and the teeny tiny little spider gives a great touch to it, too!

'Halloween' by Rawan S.22

Illustrator: Rawan S.23

Spooky Pet Ghosts Link

Well, these two are definitely an eye catcher. Carlie Burton presents these spooky floating pet ghosts as a perfect example of going beyond reality and expressing the message of Halloween directly.

'Spooky Pet Ghosts' by Carlie Burton24

Illustrator: Carlie Burton25

Happy Pumpkins Link

Some lovely subtle gradients and textures in these three happy pumpkins. The floating leaves and the soft shadows perfectly capture the atmosphere of a golden autumn day.

'Drawlloween' by Lindsay Dale-Scott26

Illustrator: Lindsay Dale-Scott271311

Halloween Time! Link

These adorable little characters are definitely ready for Halloween. Pamela Barbieri created them specially for a magazine for kids.

'Halloween Time' by Pamela Barbieri28

Illustrator: Pamela Barbieri29

Mummy Link

What a fantastic take on illustrating a mummy. Maria Keller created this little guy for one of her personal projects, and we’re sure glad she did!

'Mummy' by Maria Keller30

Illustrator: Maria Keller31

Juan Lobito Link

Here’s a mischievous (but so adorable) little boy who apparently really enjoys his wolf costume, aka Juan Lobito. Great details in the illustration showing ‘movement’ in the ears and tail.

Juan Lobito by Iaam Adriana Amaya32

Illustrator: Iaam Adriana Amaya33

Dressing Up The Olson “O” Link

Ever considered dressing up letters for Halloween? Well, Tyler Genovese did, and he did it quite well. These illustrations of the Olson “O” are all vector illustrations made in Adobe Illustrator. Spooooo-ky!

'Dressing Up The Olson O' by Tyler Genovese34

Illustrator: Tyler Genovese35

Zombie Boy Link

This guy seems to be excited about eating brains. As his creator, Zyrick Kerwin Bati, states: “Run before he catches you and eats your brains out!”

'Zombie Boy' by Zyrick Kerwin Bati36

Illustrator: Zyrick Kerwin Bati37

Return Of The Dead Link

A fantastic animated illustration of a zombie’s hand that almost gives you goosebumps just by watching it.

'Return of the Dead' by James Millington38

Illustrator: James Millington39

Frankenstein Link

Inspired by the classic “Bride of Frankenstein”, Belia Simm decided to create a minimalistic illustration of this iconic character.

'Frankenstein' by Belia Simm40

Illustrator: Belia Simm41

Frankenstein Monster Link

Another version of our well-known Franki with an interesting color palette.

'Frankenstein' by Jen Rich42

Illustrator: Jen Rich43

Costume Kids Link

Trick or treat, smell their feet! These kids are getting groovy with their creepy costumes and delightful masks. Go on, give them something to smile about.

'Costume Kids' by Robert Blankenship44

Illustrator: Robert Blankenship45

Cats of Halloween Link

Another great illustration by Caley Hicks. This time it’s a beautiful pattern of Halloween-themed kittens.

'Cats of Halloween' by Caley Hicks46

Illustrator: Caley Hicks4721

Happy Halloween Link

A nice Halloween collection with spooky characters and graphic elements. This digital set can be used for greeting cards, invitations, magnets, posters, or any other objects. Get inspired!

'Happy Halloween' by Anastasya Mutovina48

Illustrator: Anastasya Mutovina49

Boo Link

Here’s a lovely variety of ghost characters that could be used as stickers or as a pattern for a wallpaper or even a T-shirt. Definitely some inspiring choices of shapes and lines in this creative illustration.

'Boo' by Corey Reifinger50

Image credit: Corey Reifinger51

Social Zombies Link

Zombie /ˈzɒmbi/ (n.): A person who is or appears lifeless, apathetic, or completely unresponsive to their surroundings. This meaning of a zombie clearly explains this amusing illustration. As Chris Fernandez, the artist, states: “Dead or alive, you gotta collect dem likes!”

'Social Zombies' by Chris Fernandez52

Illustrator: Chris Fernandez53

Spooky Halloween Wallpapers Link

Our round-up of monsters, pumpkins, zombies and everything else you might want to see (or not see!) on your desktop. Wallpapers for your scary Halloween party.

Wallpapers for Halloween54

Looking for a spooky wallpaper for Halloween? Browse here!55

Halloween Goodies (Free) Link

Flat Trick Or Treat Icons Link

This creative icon set is available in flat, line and color designs that are sure to enhance your designs. Free for personal use. For commercial use please contact the designer.


Illustrator: Olga Hashim57

Halloween Icons Link

Free Halloween icons (available in AI and Sketch formats) that have been designed in three different sets: flat, line and colored. Thank you, AomAm!


Image credit: Salinee Pimpakun59

Happy Halloween Icon Set Link

Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to add a few scary and fun icons to your projects. Here’s a set of 19 icons that are all available in AI, EPS, PDF, SVG and PNG formats. It was designed and created by Manuela Langella and is free to be used in private as well as commercial projects.


Illustrator: Manuela Langella61

Cute Icons For Halloween Link

With this free Halloween icon pack you get 30 cute pumpkins, zombies, candies and monster icons as Adobe Illustrator vector icons, SVG icons and PNG files in 32px, 64px, 128px, 256px and 512px. The vector source files are 100% editable.

by Leonardo Moncaleano62

Illustrator: Leonardo Moncaleano63

40 Vector Halloween Icons Link

40 Halloween-themed vector icons which you can use for your next design. Included are AI, PSD (smart objects), EPS and PNG (2000×2000px) files. Perfect for fashion patches, pins, stickers, badges, temporary tattoos, and almost anything else.

'40 Vector Halloween Icons' by Kavoon Me64

Illustrator: Kavoon Me65

Cartoon-Inspired Halloween Icon Set Link

This special Halloween icon set was inspired by classic cartoons. The icons come as transparent PNGs in five sizes: from 32×32, 48×48, 64×64, 128×128 up to 512×512 pixels. Spice up your website or application with a spooky Halloween atmosphere.


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Did We Forget Anyone? Link

There are so many more talented designers out there, and unfortunately not everyone could fit in today’s post. Please feel free to share their (or your) work with us in the comments section below.

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Juggling between three languages on a daily basis, Iris is known for her love of linguistics, arts, web design and typography, as well as her goldmine of animated GIFs for literally every occasion. As senior editor at the one and only @SmashingMag, she spends most of her time tenderly sifting through articles in search of golden thoughts and ideas that will bring readers to think, wonder, enjoy and learn something new. You can follow her on Twitter.

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    Gabriele Malaspina

    October 18, 2016 12:12 pm

    Lovable collection! :) The icon sets are my favorite.
    I’m a designer and I made this free Halloween Set (Icons + Patterns)
    I hope you like it :)

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    Very amusing and superb collection. spooky halloween wallpapes and icons are very cue. Thanks

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    Nicole Pribicevic

    October 20, 2016 4:57 pm

    Fantastic collection! You can never have too many Halloween designs!


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