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Halloween, also known as the Night Of Witches or Samhain in the Celtic countries, is an aesthetic based on the holiday by the same name.

Some general motifs may include black cats, skeletons, bats, and jack-o-lanterns.

It’s important to specify whether you are talking about the aesthetic or the holiday itself while discussing Halloween, as without context many statements about the aesthetic can be confusing. Feel free to also refer to the “also called” section to the right. (Or the section above, if you’re on a mobile device.)

History[]

Halloween traces back its origins to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

Visuals[]

Halloween visuals invoke imagery of vampires, skeletons, bats, witches, zombies, spiders, Jack-O-Lanterns, ghosts/haunted buildings, abandoned buildings with a creepy vibe to them; Halloween can either play on the dark and macabre or the campy and goofy.

Fashion[]

Halloween fashion can either make nods to Halloween aesthetics or can be made up of Halloween costumes of some sort. It can also include baggy t-shirts, nightgowns, long/maxi skirts, sweaters (particularly large crew necks), baggy/ mom jeans, black lace, fishnets, ripped tights, corsets, black belts, vintage-looking dresses/shirts, spiked boots, dirty shoes/Converse/boots/etc., socks (any kind, usually frilly or striped ones though), necklaces (usually antique pendants, lockets, etc.), clothing items that display skeletons, ghosts, ghouls, and other "spooky" figures, and makeup can consist of dull colors like black, grey, blue, or bright colors like red eyeshadow or blush on the nose to give face a "sickly" effect.

Media[]

Movies[]

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street movies (1984-2010)
  • Child's Play movies (1988-2019)
  • Coraline (2009)
  • Corpse Bride (2005)
  • Daddy, I'm a Zombie (Papá, soy una Zombi) (2011)
  • Dark Water (2002)
  • Dead Silence (2007)
  • Deep Red (Profondo Rosso) (1975)
  • Doctor Sleep (2019)
  • Don't Look Under the Bed (1999)
  • Fear Street movies (2021)
  • Friday the 13th movies (1980-2009)
  • Five Nights at Freddy's (2023)
  • Goosebumps (2015)
  • Halloween movies (1978-2022)
  • Halloweentown movies (1998-2006)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • Hotel Transylvania movies (2012-2022)
  • Inferno (1980)
  • In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
  • It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (1966)
  • IT movies (2017-2019)
  • Ju-On (The Grudge) movies (1998-2020)
  • Monster House (2006)
  • Mother of Tears (La Terza Madre) (2007)
  • Mummy, I'm a Zombie (Mamá, soy una zombi) (2014)
  • M3GAN (2022)
  • Open Season: Scared Silly (2015)
  • ParaNorman (2012)
  • Phenomena (1985)
  • Prince of Darkness (1987)
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
  • Ring movies (1995-2022)
  • Resident Evil movies (2002-2016)
  • Saw movies (2004-2021)
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
  • Scary Movie movies (2000-2013)
  • Scream movies (1996-2023)
  • Shi No Mori (2014)
  • Suspiria (1977)
  • The Fog (1980)
  • The Halloween Tree (1993)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • The Shining (1980)
  • The X-Files (1993)
  • Trick r Treat (2007)
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
  • The Ring movies (2002-2005)
  • Wendell & Wild (2022)

Television[]

  • American Horror Story (2011-present)
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990-2000)
  • The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror (1990-present)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018-2020)
  • Count Duckula (1988-1993)
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999-2002)
  • Frankelda's Book of Spooks (Los Sustos Ocultos de Frankelda) (2021-present)
  • Goosebumps (1995-1998)
  • Gravity Falls (2012-2016)
  • Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids (2000-2006)
  • Locke & Key (2020-present)
  • Lucifer (2016-2021)
  • Monster High (2010-present)
  • Over the Garden Wall (2014)
  • R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (2010-2014)
  • Ruby Gloom (2006)
  • Scooby-Doo franchise (1969-present)
  • Stranger Things (2016-present)
  • Supernatural (2005-2020)
  • Teen Wolf (2011-2017)
  • The Addams Family (1964-1966)
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2001-2007)
  • The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
  • Twin Peaks (1990-1991, 2017)
  • Wednesday (2022-present)

Webseries[]

  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared (2011-2016, 2022-present)
  • Neurotically Yours (2001-present)
  • Salad Fingers (2004-present)
  • Spooky Month (2018-present)
  • Devil's Candy (2014-present)
  • The Mandela Catalogue (2021)
  • Necro-Nancy (2022-present)
  • DON'T FEED THE MUSE (2021-2023)

Podcasts[]

  • It's Always Halloween
  • Preserve Halloween Podcast
  • The Midnight Library

Books[]

  • Coraline (2002)
  • Dracula (1897)
  • Frankenstein (1818)
  • Pumpkinheads (2019)
  • Ring books (1991-2013)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962)
  • Suspiria de Profundis (1845)
  • The Halloween Tree (2019)

Games[]

  • I-Spy Spooky Mansion (1999, 2005)
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine (2017-present)
  • Creaks (2020)
  • Five Nights at Freddy's series (2014-present)
  • Fran Bow (2015-2016)
  • Inside (2016)
  • Luigi's Mansion series (2001-2019)
  • Limbo (2010)
  • Little Misfortune (2019)
  • Little Nightmares (2017-present)
  • Night in the Woods (2017)
  • Oxenfree (2016)
  • Resident Evil series (1996-present)
  • Sally Face (2016-2022)
  • Showdown Bandit (2019)
  • Silent Hill series (1999-2014)
  • Spooky's Jumpscare Mansion (2014)
  • Poppy Playtime (2021)
  • OMORI (2020)
  • Doki Doki Literature Club! (2017)
  • Amanda the Adventurer (2022)
  • Yume Nikki (2004)
  • Dead Estate (2020)
  • Garten of Banban (2023)
  • Piggy (Roblox) (2020)
  • DOORS (Roblox) (2021)
  • Rainbow Friends (Roblox) (2021)
  • JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island (1996, 1998)

Music[]

Halloween/Spooky music can consist of a lot of Nu-Metal, Goth, and some Punk music, as well as campy Halloween songs or soundtracks to Tim Burton films (Nightmare Before Christmas being a prime example of Halloween music). Popular artists within the Halloween aesthetic include:

  • Misfits
  • Malice Mizer
  • The Cramps
  • The Creepshow
  • The Coffin Caddies
  • Aiden
  • Deadsy
  • From First to Last
  • Dead Man's Bones
  • Creature Feature
  • Harely Poe
  • The Scary Jokes
  • Glass Animals
  • Lemon Demon
  • Necromantix
  • Teddy Hyde
  • Julee Cruise
  • Bat For Lashes
  • Really Introverted Producer
  • Rob Zombie
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees
  • Voltaire
  • Zombina & The Skeletones
  • MASA WORKS DESIGN
  • Chaa
  • Machigerita-P
  • Wednesday 13
  • October Country
  • Will Wood

Songs[]

  • Bloody Mary by Lady Gaga
  • After Dark by Mr Kitty
  • My Time by bo en
  • The Chucky Megamix by Mike Helm
  • Tag, You're It by Melanie Martinez
  • Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett
  • This is Halloween by The Citizens of Halloween
  • Spooky Scary Skeletons by Andrew Gold
  • Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Touch-Tone Telephone by Lemon Demon
  • The Haunted Phonograph by Thoushaltnot
  • Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran
  • Happy Halloween by JUNKY
  • I’m in Love with a Monster by Fifth Harmony
  • Nature Trail to Hell by “Weird Al” Yankovic
  • Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.

Subgenres[]

Neon Halloween[]

Neon Halloween is a Halloween aesthetic subgenre based on all it's respective imagery, but in neon vibrant colors.

Visuals[]

Halloween neon decorations, such a skeletons, pumpkins, witch hats and ghosts. Also neon lights, paint, party imagery and gardens.

Fashion[]

  • Neon Halloween costumes
  • Party clothing

Music[]

Electronic beats which are Halloween theme or electronic covers of typical songs.

Activities[]

  • Decorating
  • Going out with friends
  • Attending to Halloween parties and organizing them

Halloween Nostalgia[]

Halloween nostalgia is a powerful feeling that many people experience during the Halloween season. It's a feeling of longing for the simpler times of childhood, when Halloween was full of excitement, dressing up in costumes, going trick-or-treating, and carving pumpkins. It's a time to reminisce about the traditions and memories that were so special during this time of year.

Some common Halloween nostalgia moments include:

  • Remembering your favorite childhood Halloween costume and the joy of putting it on for the first time.
  • Recalling the excitement of going trick-or-treating with friends and family, and the thrill of collecting candy.
  • Fond memories of carving pumpkins with loved ones and creating spooky or funny designs.
  • The anticipation leading up to Halloween night, when the streets were filled with decorations and everyone was in the spirit of the holiday.
  • Watching classic Halloween movies or TV specials that bring back feelings of nostalgia and comfort.

Overall, Halloween nostalgia is a bittersweet feeling that allows us to reflect on the happy memories of the past while also appreciating the magic of the present Halloween season.

Vintage Halloween[]

The vintage Halloween aesthetic is all about embracing the classic elements of Halloween from the past. This aesthetic is characterized by its nostalgic and whimsical feel, often featuring old-fashioned decorations, vintage costumes, and retro imagery. Think black cats, jack-o'-lanterns, witches, skeletons, and ghosts, all with a charmingly old-school twist.

To achieve the vintage Halloween aesthetic, you can decorate your space with antique Halloween decorations like classic candy buckets, vintage paper decorations, and old-fashioned spooky imagery. Opt for traditional Halloween colors like black, orange, and white, and incorporate vintage-inspired textiles like lace, velvet, and satin.

When it comes to costumes, think of iconic Halloween characters from the past like witches, vampires, werewolves, and ghosts, and consider adding vintage touches like Victorian-inspired silhouettes, lace details, and classic accessories.

Overall, the vintage Halloween aesthetic is a timeless and charming way to celebrate the spooky season with a nod to the past. Let your imagination run wild with vintage-inspired decor, costumes, and imagery to create an enchanting and nostalgic Halloween experience.

Cute Halloween[]

Similar to Gurokawa, this sub-aesthetic focuses on Halloween imagery with vibrant and/or pastel colors and cute characters. Common themes for this subgenre are casual scenarios/settings, decora elements, and gothic visuals.

Gallery[]

Halloween[]

Halloween Neon[]

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