Halloween conjures images of grinning jack-o-lanterns, dancing skeletons, creepy monsters, and buckets of treats.
Whether you embrace the nightmare-inducing Halloween tricks or the sweet Halloween treats, there is a place for everyone in this creepiest of holidays.
Did you know that Halloween as we know it today had its roots in pagan celtic festivals? Irish immigrants brought Halloween to North America with them.
As Halloween has grown in popularity, traditions like pumpkin carving and dressing in costumes to collect candy have developed.
Holidays like Halloween are celebrated all over the world. Here are some ways that Halloween is celebrated in different parts of the world:
- In Spain and Mexico, the festival of Día de los Muertos honors those who have died. Participants dress up as deceased family, and present gifts to their departed family and friends.
- China celebrates the Hungry Ghost festival, when the dead are thought to be released from hell to visit the living. One tradition is to burn paper mâché models of money and clothes for ghosts to enjoy in the afterlife.
- In Haiti, Fèt Gede is celebrated in early November with special dances, unique drumming and food.
Whether you are looking for inspiration on art projects, Halloween decoration, to impress your friends, or even enrage your enemies, this list of 51 drawing guides ideas is sure to inspire.
Check out the tutorials for movie characters, Halloween favorites, scary animals, and even candy to make fantastic Halloween cartoon art.
51 Best Halloween Drawing Tutorials
How to Draw a Xenomorph Alien
It is said that eyes are the window to the soul. Surprisingly, the original Xenomorph concept art showed the alien with eyes. This step by step drawing tutorial shows how to draw an xenomorph alien after it has overtaken a human host.
How to Draw a Witch Hat
Witch hats are often used in Halloween decorations and art projects. The famous “Double, double, toil and trouble” rhyme chanted by witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth are a warning of twice as much trouble to come. This drawing idea will not lead to any trouble (hopefully).
How to Draw a Graveyard
There is archaeological evidence that humans have been burying our dead since the time of the neanderthals. Halloween is the one night of the year when the dead may not be resting so peacefully. As the artist of this art project, you get to decide.
How to Draw Michael Myers from Halloween
Michael Myers’ iconic mask for the 1978 film Halloween was actually modified Captain James T. Kirk mask from the Star Trek television show. Not only is this drawing tutorial great to draw Michael Myers, but itl could also be used to draw a scary zombie.
How to Draw Ken Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul
Kaneki means “Gold tree” in Japanese and the kanji for Ken means “to sharpen.” With his unsymmetrical appearance, he can be a challenge to draw. Step by step, this guide shows how to achieve this disconcerting effect while sharpening your drawing skills in the process.
How to Draw a Plague Doctor
The first recorded plague doctor in this iconic uniform wore an outfit made entirely of Moroccan goat leather. If you are fresh out of Moroccan goat leather but still want to draw a creepy plague doctor, this drawing tutorial is exactly what the doctor ordered!
How to Draw Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street
Are you looking for some ideas to sketch to get in the Halloween spirit? This drawing of Freddy Krueger will frighten anyone! Unlike the film, which used 500 gallons of fake blood during filming, all you need is a pencil, some markers, and some paper.
How to Draw a Demon Girl
Part of the fun of this drawing tutorial is that we do not know the story behind this demon girl - that is up to you as the artist. She is scary because she looks like a normal person who is possessed by a demon.
How to Draw Pennywise
This drawing tutorial shows how to draw Pennywise from the 2017 film It, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. According to Stephen King, the Pennywise entity was originally envisioned as a sort of “billy goat gruff that lives in the sewer.”
How to Draw a Skeleton Hand
Did you know that the human hand has 27 bones and 34 muscles? Luckily, this skeleton hand is a lot easier to draw than that sounds. If you need a disembodied appendage for a Halloween project, this simple step by step drawing tutorial has you covered.
How to Draw Ticci Toby from Creepy Pasta
If you want to learn how to sketch Ken Kaneki from the internet urban legend, he probably will not show up. However, Slenderman just might. If you are willing to risk meeting Ticci Toby or Slenderman, this drawing tutorial is perfect to tackle this Halloween.
How to Draw Frankenstein's Monster
“It’s alive! It’s alive!” Doctor Frankenstein shouted after successfully creating his monster in the 1930 film. Unlike Doctor Frankenstein, all you need to make Frankenstein’s monster come alive are this step by step drawing tutorial, a trusty drawing utensil, some markers, and a sheet of paper.
How to Draw a Slime
This cartoon slime drawing tutorial is easy to draw, and even more fun to color. While traditionally depicted as green, the effects possible are limited only to your imagination.
How to Draw a Coffin
Coffins originated in ancient Egypt, and the Egyptian mummy Tuteankhamun was interred in a solid gold coffin valued at $4.3 million dollars. This empty coffin drawing tutorial shows an easy way to draw an empty coffin. That just leaves the question - where is the occupant?
How to Draw a Black Cat
National black cat day is celebrated just before Halloween on October 27, although black cats can (and should) be celebrated every day. This step by step how to draw tutorial also features bats and a full moon, creating an eerie ambiance that really sets off the black cat.
How to Draw a Tombstone
The phrase RIP means “Rest in Peace,” from the Latin phrase “Requiescat en pace.” It has been used on tombstones since the fifth century, but gained popularity in the eighteenth century. To make your tombstone even creepier, try pairing it with the Skeleton Hand how to draw tutorial.
How to Draw a Zombie
Cute zombies can be difficult to find - this step by step tutorial will show you how to draw a cartoon zombie. The word zombie has roots in African languages meaning “fetish,” and “god.” In Louisiana, this tradition may have melded with “sombra,” the Spanish word for ghost.
How to Draw a Snake Head
This cartoon snake head tutorial is easy to sketch quickly and can be used to prank friends and family. While fun for a halloween trick, this step by step guide can also be used to learn how to draw the Slytherin crest from the Harry Potter books and movies.
How to Draw a Flaming Skull
Learn how to draw a scary flaming skull in this easy cartoon drawing tutorial. While fun for any time of year, Halloween is the perfect time to perfect your flaming-skull sketching skills. This step by step guide makes that easy and fun!
How to Draw a Ghost Rider
A marvel superhero with a devilish side, Ghost Rider is a terrifying adversary. To really make the iconic fire pop, using markers or colored pencils is recommended.
How to Draw a Werewolf
Some plants that repel werewolves are wolfsbane (or monkshood, in some parts of the world), mistletoe, ergot found on rye, and mountain ash. If you’re drawing this werewolf at night, it might be a good idea to keep some handy, just in case.
How to Draw an Alien
With all the outer space exploration happening, this cartoon alien is ready to make an appearance. As the artist, you can choose what color he is, and even if he has spots!
How to Draw a Scary Clown
The fear of clowns is called “Coulrophobia.” If you suffer from coulrophobia, this drawing tutorial is a way to overcome your fears. Puffs of fuzzy orange hair, a big red nose, and sinister smile, and pupil-less eyes all contribute to make this undead clown particularly creepy.
How to Draw a Vampire
Bram Stoker’s vampire Dracula lives in a castle based on Bran Castle, which is located in Romania’s Transylvania region. It is actually possible to visit this castle today. Check out this tutorial and learn to draw a cartoon vampire.
How to Draw the Grim Reaper
This stylish approach to the grim reaper is simple and scary with glowing red eyes. The grim reaper’s scythe is for harvesting souls, but is based on agricultural scythes used to harvest crops such as wheat, rye, and barley.
How to Draw a Mummy
With this step by step drawing tutorial, you will have a marauding mummy in no time! The bandages used to wrap Egyptian mummies were made of linen, and there were often amulets wrapped in different layers. Here is an easy guide to learn how to draw this Halloween classic.
How to Draw a Haunted House
This haunted house silhouette features a full moon, dead tree, bat, and lit windows. It is sure to send shudders down the spine! Get your pencil, paper, and markers ready because this haunted house is a great backdrop for lots of scary Halloween art projects.
How to Draw a Demon
This cartoon demon, complete with horns, fangs, and pupil-less eyes is fun to draw and scary! As the artist, you get to decide which unholy color (or color combinations) your demon will be.
How to Draw a Witch – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial
A witch astride a broom is another Halloween favorite. This drawing tutorial shows how to make a cute witch with good intentions - or maybe she is up to mischief. As the artist, that distinction is up to you!
How to Draw a Cartoon Monster
While some monsters are scary, this cute cartoon monster looks ready for a big hug! With shaggy fur, horns, and a wide toothy grin, this monster can be whichever color(s) you decide! This drawing tutorial is fantastic for Halloween and art projects all year long.
How to Draw Darth Vader
Darth Vader’s helmet has made him one of the most iconic villains in cinematic history. Did you know that George Lucas was inspired by samurai costumes when designing Darth Vader’s helmet? In Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. even hosts a Darth Vader gargoyle!
How to Draw a Skull
The skull and crossbones is often used to identify both dangerous substances and pirates. Unlike pirates depicted in movies, however, each pirate flew a unique variation of the pirate flag. You can use this guide to design your own variation of pirate flag this Halloween.
How to Draw a Skeleton
With 206 bones, sketching a skeleton sounds like a really hard task. This step by step tutorial makes the process fun and easy, and you will have a cartoon skeleton ready to dance the night away in no time!
How to Draw a Ghost
This cartoon ghost is simple, but still scary. With fangs and an angry expression, this ghost tutorial is the perfect signal to be done with pranks and tricks to move on to the treats.
How to Draw a Jack O’ Lantern
Did you know that pumpkins probably originated in Mexico? This step by step tutorial shows how to sketch a Jack O’ Lantern with several different ideas for faces. Omit the face, and it is a pumpkin that can be used in art projects beyond Halloween.
How to Draw a Snarling Wolf
The wolf snarling in this drawing tutorial looks wild with shaggy fur and a great deal of sharp teeth. While gray wolves larger than 100 lbs are rare, they can weigh up to 180 lbs. For comparison, German shepherd dogs weigh from 60 - 80 lbs.
How to Draw a Rattlesnake
While rattlesnakes were greatly revered by the Mayans and appear on many ancient Mayan temples, it is unknown exactly what they mean. What is known is that sucking the venom from a snakebite is not effective, and seeking medical help and an antivenom is effective.
How to Draw a Cartoon Shark
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” says Roy Scheider in the 1975 film Jaws, referencing the massive size of the great white shark chasing them. This tutorial is an easy way to draw your own shark. You’re gonna need a bigger pencil.
How to Draw a Skull in 3/4 View
The skull is made up of many bones that fuse together. However, these bones do not fully fuse until a child is two years old. This drawing tutorial for a 3/4 view skull shows how easy it is to start drawing in three dimensions.
How to Draw the Kraken
One sign that the kraken is approaching is to see fish rising to the surface. Although the kraken has been proven fictional, you can help it come to life this Halloween. The big question is - what color do you think the kraken is?
How to Draw Godzilla
This monster began a career destroying Tokyo in 1954, and has continued to terrify and entertain audiences all over the world until the present day. This step by step tutorial of a cartoon-style Godzilla will give you the ability to sketch Godzilla this Halloween season.
How to Draw Oogie Boogie from the Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas bridges the wonderful season between Halloween and Christmas. In the film, Oogie Boogie appears as a brown burlap sack filled with bugs and spiders. Oogie Boogie announces himself as the boogeyman, and this tutorial will get you started!
How to Draw Cthulhu
H.P. Lovecraft pronounced his monster’s name as “Kl-low-loo,” but it is also commonly pronounced as “Kuh-too-loo” and “Kuh-thoo-loo.” Regardless of how to pronounce Cthulhu, this step by step drawing tutorial will show how to draw the monster.
How to Draw a Tyrannosaurus Rex
The largest tyrannosaurus rex skeleton was discovered in Canada in 1991, and was nicknamed “Scotty.” Scotty is estimated to have been an elder at 28 years old, and may have weighed up to 19,500 lbs.
How to Draw Jack Skellington
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was released by a Disney subsidiary, and Disney requested that Jack Skellington have “friendly eyes” instead of empty sockets. Despite having no eyes, Jack Skellington still needs to blink.
How to Draw Darth Maul from Star Wars
With aggressive red and black tattoos, orange eyes, and horns, Sith apprentice Darth Maul is one of the scarier denizens of the Star Wars Universe. The black and red facial tattoos were actually inspired by a Rorschach ink test.
How to Draw Candy
What would Halloween be without lots of candy? This drawing tutorial uses stripes, waves, and spots to color the candy, but how you decorate them is only limited to your imagination! This guide is not limited to Halloween art projects, but can be used in projects year-round!
How to Draw a Dead Tree
Deciduous trees lose their leaves every fall to conserve energy during the winter. The process that makes this happen is an interplay of two plant hormones. Cooler weather and shorter days trigger leaves to fall, leaving trees to look dead, as shown in this step by step tutorial.
How to Draw a Night Sky – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial
Halloween is actually a contraction of “Hallow’s Evening,” and is also known as “All Hallows’ Eve,” and “All Saints’ Eve.” This step by step tutorial can be used either as a backdrop for other Halloween drawings, or can stand alone as an eerie landscape sketch.
How to Draw the Corpse Bride
This drawing tutorial shows an easy way to draw a glamorous version of Emily, the star of the Corpse Bride. The film’s plot was based on an old folk tale called “The Finger” that was so dark that Tim Burton made it happier for the film.
How to Draw a Bat
To draw this cute bat, all that is needed is a drawing utensil and drawing surface. Another great choice for a Halloween art project or decoration, this bat is excited for a long flight! Did you know that bats can fly up to 60 mph?