The best Halloween hairstyles: Spooktacular ideas to try now

All Things Hair | 12 October 2017

These Halloween hair looks will take your costume from zero to hero in seconds!


Halloween is the holiday that gets beauty lovers’ hearts racing. After all, it’s the perfect time to go full-on crazy with your outfits, makeup and Halloween hairstyles.

Every year the internet is teaming with cute Halloween hairstyles and a multitude of awesome looks to try out. From metallic ice queen manes to two-tone mermaid tresses, we’ve collected our favourites – and we’re going to share them all with you!

So if you’re still undecided, have a scroll through our gallery above, which features some of our favourite Halloween hair ideas, or read on for all the terrifying details. You’ll be sure to find a style that’s as scary as it is chic!

Halloween hair ideas to die for


woman with crimped pastel pink hair in half updo leaning against a tree
Channel your inner dark fairy, with this smouldering look.

Dark fairy hair

Want to rock a good-fairy-gone-bad look? Good news, we’re about to show you how! While this cute Halloween hairstyle looks great on all hair hues, it looks especially party-worthy on pastel-coloured hair.

To get the look, simply crimp your hair, starting from the root and finishing at the very ends of your strands. Then, brush out your crinkles to make them frizzier and more voluminous. Finish by styling your hair into an oversized half-up, half-down ‘do and you’re ready to Trick or Treat!

TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner

Editor’s tip: To give your mane some added bounce, reach for the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner and TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume ShampooA smart combo of Fleximax Volumizers and Fibre Polishing Actives leaves locks smooth with added oomph! The perfect prep for voluminous Halloween hairstyles.

woman with a bright blue wig adorned with seashells
Did someone say wig? We know you’re desperate to try one!

Mystical mermaid mane

What’s not to love about mermaid hair? It’s bright, it’s mesmerising and it’s oh-so-magical! One of our favourite easy Halloween hairstyles, all it takes to recreate is to invest in a bold blue, wavy wig, and accessorise it by gluing some seashells to different areas. You’ll be giving Ariel a real run for her money!

woman with dark glossy hair in a side parting and a face painted as a clown
Clown around with the sleekest hair this holiday!

Twisted clown hair

Fancy scaring the crowd at your Halloween party? If so, then you need to go as a twisted, evil clown! Keep your makeup scary, and leave your hair uber straight and shiny to keep all of the attention on your costume. Hairstyles for Halloween don’t come much simpler than this!

Tip: For a really sleek look, spritz some TIGI Bed Head Headrush Shine Spray over your mane after styling.

woman dressed as an ice queen with long blonde hair wearing white fur and twigs in her hair
Go all out with the glitter for this sparkly look.

Ice queen hair

Prepare for the coldness of winter by dressing up as an ice queen for Halloween. The key to nailing this look is an understated frostiness. So leave your hair relatively straight, and sprinkle some fake snow on to it for added effect. Brrr!

woman with sugar skull make up and hair in a large bouffant
A steady hand is the answer to perfecting this Day of The Dead look.

Day of the Dead Halloween hairstyle

Sugar skulls are a hot Halloween makeup look, thanks to their glittering colours and funky patterns. If you’re planning on recreating this skeletal look, opt for a messy, bouffant updo to ensure that all of the attention stays on your intricate face-paint!

woman with long dark hair in waves wearing a masquerade mask and black lace top
Want something a little more flirty? You’ve just found it. Halloween hairstyles just got glam.

Masquerade waves

Not all Halloween hairstyles have to be scary, don’t you know? If you’re after more of a sensual, sexy look, throw on a lace Venetian mask! Then use a large-barrel curling tong to create loose, sultry waves that are perfect for any masquerade ball.

woman with long brown hair in pigtail plaits wearing a pink blouse and holding a doll
Sugar and spice, and all things nice! We love these double plaits.

Dead doll plaits

When it comes to Halloween hair, we’ve got to wonder… is there anything scarier than a dead doll? We think not! To perfect this sickly sweet Halloween look, create two loose fishtail braids and throw on your most vintage-looking blouse.

N1kk1sSecr3t’s Victorian updo

If, like us, you’ve left your costume choice until the last minute, fear not: the All Things Hair team have sought the expert help of beauty vlogger N1kk1sSecr3t, who’s going to show you how to whip up a dramatically huge Victorian bouffant updo  just in time for the spooky celebrations.

Tip: Pair your updo with a black lace dress, and you’ll look like you’ve just stepped right out of the Victorian era!

woman with brown hair in a large bun with cat make up and wearing a cat ear headband
Purr-fect Halloween hair! Credit:

Cute Cat

If you’re after simple hairstyles for Halloween, you can’t go wrong with this feline fave! Grab your face paints, then transform your locks into a large laid-back bun, piling it high on the top of your head. Don’t forget your cat ears and cat burglar outfit! Credit: @nicoleguerriero

runway model with dark hair in long spikes and smudged make up
Get scary with these terrifyingly terrific spikes! Credit:

Terrifying tresses

Halloween hair ideas range from sultry to full-blown scary (and daring!). For some runway inspiration, look to the models at the Junya Watanabe and Haider Ackermann SS17 shows – they all strutted their stuff down the catwalks sporting some seriously over-the-top spikes!

VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray (female)

Editor’s tip: To achieve this deadly-looking ‘do, you’ll need a lot of hair gel. Try using extreme hold products, like the VO5 Classic Mega Hold Gel Spray, to create each spike, working the product from root to tip.

woman with pumpkin face paint and green hair with autumnal leaves
This is one for the pumpkin obsessed. How cute is this! Credit:

Pumpkin Queen

Across the pond, pumpkin paraphernalia is HUGE. If you share the passion, why not carry your love through to Halloween and sport Pumpkin Queen Halloween hair?

Simply pull your locks off your face, grab a green temporary dye and go to town. Add a headband and some autumnal leaves for the most perfect seasonal look! Credit: @nicolconcilio

woman with short blonde hair in a bob rockabilly style and a fringe wearing a pink hair bow
Neat and sweet. We love this girly look. Credit:

Grease Lightening Halloween hair

We all love a good rendition of Summer Lovin‘ so why not go as Sandy this year? Her perfectly put together style is easy and fun to re-create.

If you’ve got short hair, curl the ends up for a winning look, or otherwise grab yourself a wig and team it with a pink bow for groomed hair perfection! Credit: @missrockabillyruby

woman with short green hair and face painted like the night sky
A mystical galaxy awaits with this look! Credit:

Galaxy Goddess

You might need to brush up on your body painting skills for this one  or get an arty friend to lend a hand! Once your make-up is done, simply tousle your hair and use a fun, brightly-coloured temporary dye, for the most vivid locks yet! Credit: @annabelletemp

woman with cruella de vil white and black hair colours
Don your best faux fur, for this Cruella de Vil look. Credit:

Cruella de Vil

The meanest lady in Disney? It’s got to be Cruella de Vil and this is one of our favourite Halloween hair ideas yet! A half head dye job could be tricky, so we suggest you go for a fabulous Cruella-inspired wig and borrow your niece’s stuffed Dalmatian. Halloween sorted! Credit: @jelkajpg

woman with long blonde hair in colourful pigtails and face paint as harley quinn
Rebel with a cause! Credit:

Harley Quinn

Cute Halloween hair? Yup. Make-up you can have fun with. Of course! An outfit you probably already own? Maybe. If you’re bold enough to pour yourself into some teeny hot pants, this is the look for you! Plus, who doesn’t want to be a supervillain for the night? Credit: @dayannaglam


Psst! If you loved these Halloween hair styles, then you’ll want to check out our other awesome ideas for party hair, right here! You’re welcome.



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