October is here and it's almost time for ghouls and goblins to come out and play. As store displays become creepier by the minute and the aisles fill up with copious amounts of sugary treats, we decided to scour the web in search of the best photos to inspire you to work your camera into your costume this year.
Below you'll find over 100 cute and creepy Halloween photos. We've covered everything from batman dogs and evil pumpkins to spiderweb cupcakes and beyond. This is one photo roundup too weird and crazy to miss!
5 Tips For Shooting Your Best Halloween Pictures
To start off our huge collection of Halloween photos, we'll use the first five as a learning tool and see if we can derive any valuable tips from them.
Use A Shallow Depth of Field
This one particularly applies to single person shots. When you're out and about on Halloween, there's bound to be a lot of commotion. Trick or treaters, party goers and concerned parents fill the streets and can add a lot of background distractions to your up-close people shots. Cranking down the DOF will turn all those annoying distractions into beautiful background blur.
Since a shallow DOF comes with a wider aperture, you get the added benefit of collecting more light in all those spooky dark places!
It's All About the Kids!
Some adults really love Halloween (maybe even a little too much), but don't forget that the holiday is really all about kids having fun becoming their favorite characters and eating lethal amounts of sugar. If you're in charge of shooting a Halloween event, make sure to capture all of those tiny costumes, smiles and eventually, exhausted faces. Kids always make the most interesting and unpredictable photo subjects.
Don't Forget The Food
People aren't the only thing that gets scarier on Halloween. There's always tons of cute, bizarre and often disgustingly decorated sustenance to be had. While you're party jumping, be sure to hit the food tables at each location and grab some close-ups of the creative cooking.
Lighting Is Everything
As I mentioned above, the conditions for shooting on Halloween tend to be pretty poor. You'll no doubt find yourself in situation after situation of horrible lighting conditions and it can be really tricky to capture the atmosphere. You'll want to pack a flash and look for ways to diffuse it. Instead of pointing it directly at your subject, try bouncing it off of walls, ceilings, shiny costumes; anything you can find! Also make sure to bring your widest aperture lens and look for areas with some mood lighting already present.
Try A Long Exposure
While you're out there struggling with shooting in the dark, you'll have a great opportunity for some creative and unique long exposure photos. Since it's Halloween, you can use all the blurring that is normally frustrating to your advantage and create some truly spooky images! The photo below is a perfect example. Notice how the small, streaked light sources really add to the effect.
On to the photos!
Trick or Treat?
I hope the images above have inspired you to work a DSLR into your costume this year so you can take some truly haunting photos.
As always, we want to see your examples. Leave a link below to a few of the cute and/or creepy Halloween shots that you're most proud of capturing.