With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to get started on spooky designs. Get inspired with these eighteen free Halloween fonts.
Typography is an important element to any design, especially in Halloween-themed designs. A simple change in font can make all the difference in the world on how viewers perceive your design. Think of all of your favorite horror movies and what they often have in common: a custom typeface that personifies the movie you’re about to see. Whether that font is ooey-gooey or sharp and sinister, the font itself says a lot about the movie. The same goes for any other project — typography is key.
While arriving at the perfect font for your next project seems like an investment, every font listed is free for both personal and commercial use. Simply click on the link above the font graphic to reach the download destination. When in doubt, always refer to the licensing information set forth by the typographer.
Based from a square grid, this typeface designed by Raphaël Bastide evokes a rugged and mysterious tone with its geometry and lack of curves. Adorn this ominous typeface to a Halloween-inspired social graphic or promote your latest spooky-themed virtual event with the help of Avara as your headline. For accompanying typefaces, opt for a geometric sans serif for the ultimate contrast.
2. Averia Libre
Designed by Dan Sayers, Averia Libre is based off of the average of over 700 fonts on Google Fonts. Its rounded and organic appearance is not outright Halloween-themed, but resembles a typeface you might find within an old, dust-filled book in a spooky study.
Named for its resemblance to the claw scratches of a bear, Bearpaw adds a hand scrawled flair to any project. Incorporate effects and layer this typeface over a unique background to take this mysterious font to the next level.
There’s nothing more skin-crawling than a dark figure that lurks in the distance, ready to pounce. Butcherman’s condensed and hacked appearance visualizes the terror of seeing your worst nightmare.
Creepster’s fright-filled letterforms and its ooey-gooey effect makes it the perfect headline for any Halloween movie poster or graphic. Contrast this display typeface with a simple serif for a spooky juxtaposition.
Inspired by the dark spread of a rare disease, Eater’s spiked letterforms give the typeface a chilling vibe that’s sure to keep you up at night. Utilize Eater in your next virtual movie night promotion to get attendees sitting on the edge of their seat.
Designed by Vic Fieger, Edo gives off a subtle yet grungy vibe with its textured strokes. While not explicitly Halloween-themed, this font resembles painted letters in post-apocalyptic cinemas.
8. Ghoulish Fright
Nothing gives quite the fright like a spooky phrase in this typeface. Ghoulish Fright’s irregularities make it the perfect go-to for your next Halloween graphic.
9. Hallowed Grounds
Hallowed Grounds, designed by Jason Ferry, evokes a chilling tone reminiscent of American Horror Story’s type treatment. The ultra condensed letterforms and double crossbars contribute to that mysterious feeling that you can’t quite shake.
10. Henny Penny
While Henny Penny’s bouncy and curved letterforms give off personality, it’s appearance feels eerily similar to type that you might find in the Nightmare Before Christmas movie. Contrast Henny Penny’s quirky letterforms with a more polished sans-serif font to achieve a balanced pair.
Give your Halloween-inspired designs a spooky, literary twist with this typeface. Leander’s textured letterforms and classic serif style gives off a cryptic vibe that’s sure to make an effect on others.
12. Metal Mania
For any Halloween design that requires a Metallica influence, Metal Mania is an excellent go-to. This typeface’s classic all caps style and subtle textures serves as the perfect headline for your design.
Designed by Chad Savage of Sinister Fonts, Needleteeth evokes an eerie tone with its sharp, teeth-like serifs and its condensed appearance. Use this display font as a headline or title treatment in your next Halloween project.
It’s always ideal to have an ooey-gooey typeface in your Halloween font library. Named in reference to dripping concoctions, Shlop adds the perfect level of sliminess to your designs.
Designed by Vernon Adams, Smythe features a semi-condensed style with sharp-edged serifs. While subtle, this typeface’s knifelike appearance lends a mysterious hand.
16. Special Elite
Designed by Astigmatic, Special Elite features a vintage typewriter style. Its rugged letterforms allude to all things dark and secretive.
17. Trade Winds
Trade Winds adds a breezy flair to any design with its subtly textured and angled letterforms. Use this gusty typeface as an eye-catching heading to your next design.
What’s Halloween without a return of the dead? This typeface, aptly named Zombie, features rugged textures in an all caps style. Due to its display characteristics, reserve this typeface for headlines, title treatments, or important copy details.
Cover image via Hayk_Shalunts.
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