Cryptidcore is an aesthetic traditionally associated with cryptozoology, or the study of creatures from urban legends and folklore, and the glorification and idolization of cryptids, conspiracies, and all-around mystery. Cryptidcore is also, generally speaking, fairly vintage, and takes inspiration from the 1970s-90s.

Another aspect of cryptidcore is the romanticization of cryptids. Phrases like "Mothman is real, I'm married to him" aren't uncommon in cryptidcore circles.


  • Dark Forests
  • Abandoned Buildings
  • Polaroid Cameras
  • Kitschy T-Shirts
  • Key Chains
  • Glow-In-The-Dark Iconography
  • Alien Imagery
  • Anything Supernatural
  • Urban Legends
  • Supernatural-themed tourist traps
  • Ouija boards
  • Tin foil hats
  • Old alien or supernatural movies
  • VHS tapes
  • Government cover-ups
  • Pocket knives
  • Old newspapers of cryptid sightings
  • Cryptozoology field diary


A list of external links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

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Cryptidcore includes fashion that is casual, vintage, and retro style. Preferenced to practical and comfy outfits, typically with browns, beige and muted colours.

Some of the clothing would be things such as:

  • Big sweaters
  • Doc Martens/Combat boots
  • Graphic tees
  • Jean shorts
  • Cargo pants
  • Plaid jackets
  • Trench coat
  • Hoodies
  • Iron on patches
  • Backpacks


  • Reading about conspiracy theories
  • Researching local mysteries
  • Long walks in the forest
  • Lying in wheat fields at night watching for aliens
  • Exploring haunted places
  • Writing short horror stories
  • Taking pictures with a Polaroid camera
  • Road trips
  • Camping
  • Ghost stories around the campfire
  • Watching vintage sci-fi /horror
  • Thrift store shopping
  • Searching garage sales for haunted items
  • Planning your wedding with Mothman
  • Taking walks in the woods (especially at night)
  • Being paranoid
  • Researching government cover-ups
  • Anything alien related
  • Watching documentaries
  • Exploring corn mazes


A few of the most popular cryptids amongst the cryptidcore folk includes:

  • Mothman
  • Goatman
  • Dover Demon
  • Jersey Devil
  • Fresno Nightwalkers
  • The Loch Ness Monster (a.k.a. "Nessie")
  • Ogopogo
  • Flatwoods Monster
  • The Cactus Cat
  • The Honey island Swamp Monster
  • The Feu Follet
  • The Rougarou
  • Bigfoot (a.k.a the Sasquatch)
  • Bunyip
  • Kraken
  • Yeti



  • Trevor Henderson
  • Simon Stålenhag


  • Alice Isn't Dead
  • CreepsMcPasta Creepypasta Radio
  • King Falls AM
  • Old Gods of Appalachia
  • The Adventure Zone: Amnesty
  • The Left Right Game
  • The Magnus Archives
  • Welcome to Nightvale

TV Shows

  • Stranger Things
  • Gravity Falls
  • Supernatural
  • The Owl House
  • Invader Zim
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Twin Peaks
  • X-Files
  • Eerie, Indiana
  • His Dark Materials
  • Expedition X
  • Dark

Manga & Comics

  • Lalin's Curse

YouTube Channels

  • Buzzfeed Unsolved
  • CreepsMcPasta
  • Jessii Vee
  • Jordan Persegati
  • Nexpo

Video Games

  • Bendy and the Ink Machine
  • Death Stranding
  • Fran Bow
  • Little Missfortune
  • Little Nightmares
  • Night in the Woods
  • Sally Face

Books & Movies

  • Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
  • Rules For Vanishing
  • The Golden Compass
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
  • The Mortal Instruments
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Coraline




  • Lemon Demon
  • Tally Hall
  • Mother Mother
  • Nick Seigel
  • Bear Ghost
  • Cavetown
  • The Bad First Impressions
  • MGMT
  • Bears in Trees



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