Part of the fun of Halloween is creating your own party invitations, greeting cards, and decorations. There's plenty of free or low-cost Halloween clip art available (check out our list of some possible online sources). There are also dozens, if not hundreds, of free and low-cost Halloween fonts and dingbats that can help you add just the right touch to your projects. The possibilities range from silly to downright scary, and everything in-between. Here are some of our favorites to get you started.
Most of the fonts are free for personal use; some ask you to make a small donation to the author.
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Double Feature from David Shetterly is a dripping blood-style font. The letters drip so generously we're sure that if we look away for a few seconds, we'll look back to see a pool of blood (or at least ink) under each one. The font includes uppercase letters, numbers, and some punctuation and symbols.
Ghastly Panic has the uneasy feel of a last, desperate message carved into the walls of a long-abandoned house. Ghastly Panic includes uppercase letters and numbers, and was created by Brad Savage of Sinister Fonts.
101! 'Ween from Night's Place cleverly turns numbers and uppercase letters into witches, buzzards, cauldrons, mummies, monsters, and other Halloween characters. The font contains a complete uppercase alphabet, plus the numbers 0 through 9, but the letters would be a little difficult to read as parts of words. You could use the letters to create short words, combine them with lower case letters in a plainer font, or use them as clip art. 101! 'Ween is one of the more creative Halloween fonts we've come across, and is definitely worth a look.
Trick or Treat 2.0 from Blue Vinyl is a dingbat font with line art and silhouettes. The characters include skulls, flying witches, crescent moons, full moons, spiders, spider webs, crows, black cats, fangs, owls, ghosts, a witch's hat, a witch's cauldron, pumpkins, candy corn, a tree silhouette, an eyeball, a mask, a gravestone, and a haunted house.
Creepsville is another dripping blood-style font, although it also has a bit of a swampy feel to it. It includes both uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as some punctuation, which makes it more versatile than some Halloween fonts. Creepsville was created by Big Tony O'Farrell of Rubber Wolf? Graphics, and is free.
Boo from House of Lime is a lighthearted dingbat font that features variations on a handful of popular Halloween images. The characters include vampires, a bat, a cat, skeletons, skulls, vampires, pumpkins, ghosts, and witches.
StrangersInTheNight2 is a collection of decidedly offbeat creatures, some of which are Halloweenish and some of which are just monsterish. There's even a robot in the mix; he must have wandered in from another set. All of the creatures are just a bit tongue in cheek. There are 36 characters in all; one for each letter of the alphabet and one for each of the number keys (0 through 9). The cast of characters includes a couple of ghosts, an alien, a vampire, a buzzard on a tombstone, a witch, a swamp monster, a couple of one-eyed monsters, a one-horned monster, an insect on steroids, a kid with a monster under his bed, a blob, and a few that defy description.
Kreepy Krawly has such an aura of age around it that you expect it to creak, yet it still manages to project an almost jaunty air. The letters are weighty, but not difficult to read. Kreepy Krawly includes uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and some punctuation and symbols. It was created by Brad Savage of Sinister Fonts, and is free for personal use.