Stop us if you’ve heard this ghost story before:
Ooooonce upon a time, there was an intrepid photo-embetterer who loved Halloween. They opened their favorite photo editing tool only to find … NO SPOOKY FONTS! MOOHAHAHAHA!!!
Whew! That one gets us every time. Fortunately, it’s only fiction: here in the real world, PicMonkey’s got more than enough spooky fonts to keep you creeping and crawling all month long. Here’s a guide to our scariest, sweetest, trick-or-treatiest horror fonts.
Mood: “Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!”
The Deets: What’s Halloween without a good monster? These creature feature fonts have you covered—though it may be best not to ask what in. Add them to invitations, Halloween graphics, posters, you name it; unlike movie monsters, our fonts play well with others.
Design Tip: How much ooze is your jam? If you’re in more of a “low-key droplets” frame of mind, Dracula’s your man. If you’re like, “Naw, please gimme as much dripping slime as supernaturally possible,” then roll on up to Exquisite Corpse! If neither rings your bell, explore our full range of spooky fonts: there’s more gore where these guys came from.
Mood: Composing a treatise on why you believe your neighbor is a warlock.
The Deets: Not just for beginning evil and advanced evil, these fonts are medieval. Hahaha! Haha! Heh …
At any rate, De Walpergen Pica and Blackletter are heavy hitters from way back when, guaranteed to add some gothic gravitas to your Halloween projects.
Design Tip: Try using the seriousness of these weighty fonts to create hilarious contrasts. For instance, “Get in, loser, we’re trick-or-treating,” may ring a little “Mean Girls,” but it instantly gains a sublime silliness when you type it in Blackletter. Fonts! They’re magic.
Slasher flick fonts
Mood: In our opinion, Nightbird and Face Your Fears give kind of a “lipstick scrawled on the bathroom mirror” vibe. Times New Yorker is better for addressing cryptic riddles to plucky detectives.
The Deets: These horror fonts remind us of a drive-in double feature! Their grunge-y style makes them natural headliners, perfect for announcing a fun Halloween event like a movie-watching party or a school fundraiser.
Design Tip: If we had to rank these fonts from one to 10, one being “yawn” and 10 being “never sleep again,” we’d give Times New Yorker a solid four. It’s a little spooky, a little spattery, but mostly pretty subtle. Nightbird and Face Your Fears, on the other hand, are both easy eights. Spend some time thinking about which tone better suits your Halloween projects—freaky-but-friendly, or all-out frightfest?
Mood: “More Pixy Stix!”
The Deets: These fonts are as sugary-sweet as a bucket of Halloween candy. Less about jump scares, more about the fun of becoming something or someone else, they’re ideal for folks who don’t want to be scary on Halloween. Use them to adorn Halloween night photos of costumed royalty, ballerinas, or merpeople; put them at the center of bewitching party invitations; or just run around outside in some fairy wings and sparkly face paint. ‘Tis the season.
Design Tip: These dainty scripts are pretty-pretty, but if you have important information to include in your design, make sure to pair them with an unadorned and readable font—one in the sans serif family, for instance.
Another Design Tip: How to tell if a font is sans serif? Check for the flourish! Serif refers to the small line attached to the end of a letter stroke. No flourish? Then it’s sans (French for without) serif.
Mood: Doing mad science. Handling dangerous chemicals without proper protective clothing. Attempting instant matter transport and forgetting to clear out the destination pod.
The Deets: These fonts evoke crawly caterpillars, alien tentacles, and shuddery bowls full of spaghetti brains. (Are those a real thing?) More weird and wacky than they are horrifying, they’re well-suited to Halloween graphics for all ages.
Design Tip: Seriously, clear the room before you try instant matter transport. This isn’t a design tip, but it’s a very good tip for life in general.
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