The reason Halloween tattoos are so popular is that the festival gives creative freedom to the person. You can literally dress like a donkey on Halloween and people will liken it to Eeyore. You won’t find the demand for Christmas-themed tattoos or thanksgiving themed tattoos but Halloween-themed tattoos are in demand throughout the year.
Whether you are thinking of getting a permanent Halloween tattoo or even a temporary design to celebrate this year’s Halloween, we have got you covered. Here we have picked 160+ Halloween tattoo designs that will pay compliment to your perfect Halloween costume.
Before you dig deeper into the Halloween tattoo mania let us tell a little about the true meaning and spirit of Halloween tattoos. You might be surprised to know that Halloween tattoo art is not a new trend. In fact, the origin of Halloween tattoos is almost 200 years old.
People used to dress up as scarecrows and Victorian-era ghosts during the early 1900s Halloween. However, this trend soon changed with the popularity of pin-up girls in Hollywood. Soon, Halloween became a festival to showcase ripped physique and give a sexy take on almost every costume.
During the era of Sailor Jerry tattoos, it became a common staple to ink your body with your Halloween costumes. It gave a more realistic look to the whole character.
Halloween Tattoo Meanings
A Halloween tattoo design can have multiple meanings and it totally depends on the context of the design. However, one common denominator is your love and obsession for the spooky holiday. Some common Halloween theme tattoos with meanings are –
Halloween ‘the Movie’ tattoo – There is no horror movie fan in the world who hasn’t watched John Carpenter’s 1978 cult classic movie ‘Halloween’. The character of Michael Myers introduced in the film went on to become the most famous fictional serial killer of all time. The popularity of the character also increased the sale of William Shatner’s face mask.
If you too are a fan of the movie then you can try the Michael Myers tattoo. It will look great on the forearms.
Witch tattoo – Halloween is associated with witches, ghosts, and demonic spirits. In the old era, witches were portrayed as evil women who struck deals with the devil in exchange for immortality. During those days Halloween witch’s costumes were scary but they were soon sexualized by the 1940s.
You can either try the scary witch tattoo design or you can even go for a more subtle sexy witch tattoo. Just make sure that you do not inspire your witch tattoo from The Salem Witch Trials. Instead, you can opt for Disney witches like from the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus.
Ghost in Blanket Tattoo – This is a feel-good tattoo instead of a spooky one. Many people will find the Ghost in the blanket tattoo really cute. You too can try this but remember the size of this tattoo should not be more than a foot or otherwise, it won’t look as cute as it’s supposed.
Halloween Pumpkin Tattoo – Pumpkin is associated with Halloween for ages. People carve pumpkins and decorate the scary carvings on their lawns during Halloween night. You too can try a Halloween pumpkin tattoo. It will signify that you truly love the festival of spooks.
Spider and Spider web tattoo – This tattoo design can look great as a permanent tattoo. The Spider web tattoo has a deep meaning. It will signify that how all your problems are woven by your wrong decisions.
A Spider tattoo will signify that you are a fan of Marvel’s spiderman. It can also signify that you are not scared of the dark.
Popular Characters from Horror Movies – If you are a movie fanatic like me then you will surely admire horror movies characters based Halloween tattoos. Some of the famous movies include – Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th. Freddy from Nightmare on elm street, Ragdoll from Nightmare before Christmas, etc.
Halloween-themed tattoo designs can also make a great cover up tattoo.
Halloween Tattoo Ideas
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Halloween is celebrated once a year but your tattoo will be permanent all your life. So pick the best tattoo design for yourself or otherwise you will regret and hide the tattoo for rest of your life. You can discuss with your friends and family members before getting the perfect Halloween tattoo for yourself.
References: Halloween Wiki