13 Spooky Fonts for Scare-Raising Halloween Pics

13 Spooky Fonts for Scare-Raising Halloween Pics
October 17, 2018 Elisa Chavez

Stanning for some moody Halloween fonts? PicMonkey’s got more than enough to keep you creeping and crawling all month long (and beyond, if that’s just your style). Here’s a guide to our scariest, sweetest, trick-or-treatiest creepy fonts. Take a look, find your favs, then add them to your photos and seasonal designs.

How to add text to your Halloween photos and designs:

Here’s the lowdown on how to add our spooky fonts to a photo, wicked fast:

  1. Click Create new on the PicMonkey.com homepage to open a photo or a blank canvas in the editor, or choose a project from Hub.
  2. Head to the Text tab (Tt icon) and click the scary font you want to use, then click Add text at the top of the tab.
  3. Type your words in the text box that appears on top of your image.
  4. With your text selected, use the sliders and controls in the Text palette to change your font color, adjust the size, and add text effects like drop shadow or curved text.

If you want to start with a template, you can do that, too! Click Create new then choose one of our designer-crafted templates. You can then remove or customize the included layers (text, graphics, images), and drop more creepy fonts or effects into the mix.

Add your own spooky fonts to PicMonkey's Midnight Dance Party template, and make an unforgettable Halloween Insta post!

Wanna take our creepy fonts for a test drive right now? Find the Midnight Dance Party template (above) on our templates page to open it in the editor, and change up the text while you read about some of our favorite Halloween fonts below. That way, you can see how each of them looks IRL.

Monster fonts

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

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 Halloween party invitations, posters, you name it; unlike movie monsters, our fonts play well with others.

Design Tip: How much ooze is your jam? Dracula is perfect for the “low-key droplets” type, while Exquisite Corpse opens the icky floodgates.

Gothic text

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

Mood: Composing a treatise on why you believe your neighbor is a warlock.

The Deets: Not just evil—these fonts are medieval. De Walpergen Pica and Blackletter are heavy hitters from way back when, guaranteed to add some gothic gravitas to your Halloween projects.

Design Tip: Use the seriousness of these weighty fonts to create contrasts atop uber-creepy photos, or set the tone on invites and decorations for old-fashioned murder mystery parties.

Horror fonts

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

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 spooky fonts remind us of a drive-in slasher flick 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.

Scripty text

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

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 party invitations and Halloween night photos of costumed royalty, ballerinas, or merpeople.

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.

Sci-fi fonts

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

Creepy fonts max out the scare factor in any design.

Mood: Mad science. Handling dangerous chemicals without proper protective clothing.

The Deets: These bugged-out fonts evoke crawly caterpillars, alien tentacles, and shuddery bowls full of spaghetti brains. More weird and wacky than they are horrifying, they’re well-suited to Halloween graphics for all ages.

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Elisa Chavez
Elisa Chavez is a content writer here at PicMonkey, where she hopes to change the world one dinosaur selfie at a time. She is also a nationally ranked slam poet, champion shopper, and doting dog mama.