If you’re expecting an October baby, or looking to name a new pet or fictional character, we have curated the best spooky names just for you. Choosing a scary name for your little one is like crafting a little masterpiece of macabre. So grab your cauldron, dust off your spell book, and let’s brew up some bewitching baby names…or pet names.. or character names!

  • Arachna – Arachna is an urban superhero with spider powers of mysterious origin.
  • Banshee – Screaming spirit
  • Barnabas – First name of vampire from the television series and film Dark Shadows
  • Beelzebub – Another name for the devil
  • Bellatrix – Evil death eater in the Harry Potter series of books and films.
  • Betelgeuse – Scary spirit from the film of the same name.
  • Blair – Reference to the film The Blair Witch Project
  • Blackbeard – A pirate ghost
  • Boris – Legendary horror film actor, Boris Karloff
  • Bones – Skeletal parts of a body
  • Boo – Exclamation of scare
  • Buffy – Character from the film and television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Carrie – Telekinetic teen character in Stephen King’s novel and film(s) of the same name.
  • Casper – A friendly ghost character in comics and cartoons.
  • Chaos – Extremely disorganized
  • Chucky – Murderous doll in the film series of the same name.
  • Circe – A sorceress who could turn men into animals.
  • Clarice – Main FBI agent character in the novel and film Silence of the Lambs.
  • Crimson – The color of blood
  • Cruella – Cruella DeVil is the villain from the Disney film, 101 Dalmations and 102 Dalmations
  • Cyclops – One-eyed monster
  • Damien – Boy character from the film The Omen
  • Darth – Villains Vader & Maul from the Star Wars series of films and television shows.
  • Desdemona – Meaning “Of the Devil,” this is the name of Othello’s wife in the Shakespeare play Othello
  • Dexter – Main character from the television series about a sympathetic serial killer.
  • Draco – Dragon, Dreadful
  • Dracula – Vampire from the novel and film of same name.
  • Drusilla – A character from the film and television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Edgar – An English name meaning “Rich Spear,” this name is the moniker of one of the first horror authors, Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Elvira – Television host, dubbed “Mistress of the Dark.”
  • Endora – Mother-in-Law witch from TV show, Bewitched
  • Fang – Long tooth, primarily in animals.
  • Fester – To become rotten, Name of the uncle from TV show and film, The Addams Family
  • Frankenstein – Novel by Mary Shelley about a Doctor named Frankenstein who created a monster from body parts. The name is often associated with the monster, himself.
  • Freddie – Freddie Kruger is the villain from the “Nightmare on Elm Street” film series.
  • Gomez – Father from the cartoon, then subsequent television series and film, The Addams Family
  • Ghidora – 3-headed Monster
  • Hades – Another name for hell, or Greek god of the underworld.
  • Hannibal – Hannibal Lecter is the iconic villain from the novel and film series, Manhunter/ Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal

    Anthony Hopkins playing Hannibal Lecter - Older man in iron mask strapped to a dolly.
    Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter
  • Hecate – Name of a witch rom Shakespeare’s tragedy, MacBeth
  • Hemlock – A highly poisonous European plant of the parsley family,
  • Herman – Monster father from the television series The Munsters
  • Hilda – A witchy name
  • Hulk – Scary superhero in Marvel comics
  • Ichabod – Ichabod Crane, character from novel, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
  • Igor – A character, sometimes a hunch-backed assistant, to many types of Gothic villains, most prominently portrayed by Bela Lugosi in the films Son of Frankenstein and The Ghost of Frankenstein.
  • It – The name of the killer clown in Stephen King’s novel of the same name; hairy cousin character in the television series and film The Addams Family
  • Ivy – A “poisonous” plant that irritates the skin.
  • Lestat – Lestat de Lioncourt is a fictional character appearing in several novels by Anne Rice, including Interview with a Vampire.
  • Lily – Vampire mother from TV’s “The Munsters”
  • Lilith – A “She-Demon” in Mesopotamian and Judaic mythology, supposedly the first wife of Adam.
  • Lucifer – Name of a biblical angel who fell to earth.
  • Lurch – Butler from TV’s “The Addams Family”
  • Maleficent – Evil Godmother in Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.” She is the self-proclaimed “Mistress of all Evil.”
  • Marley – Jacob Marley was the main ghost in the Charles Dickens’ story, A Christmas Carol
  • Merlin – Camelot Sorcerer
  • Midnight – 12:00 a.m.
  • Misty – Out of the Mist
  • Morgana – The sorceress in Arthurian legend.
  • Morte – Death in Latin
  • Morticia – Mother character from television and film series The Addams Family
  • Nebula – Dark Mist
  • Nocnitsa – Meaning “nightmare.” In Slavic mythology, Nocnitsas are female demons who sit on people’s chests while they sleep, causing terrifying nightmares.
  • Norman – Mother-killer and hotelier in the novel and film Psycho
  • Nosferatu – Famous Vampire
  • Nyx – Of The Night
  • Ouija – Mystical board used to connect with spirits.
  • Phantom – Ghost
  • Poe – Edgar Allan Poe, famous horror/suspense author
  • Pugsley – Son from TV/film “The Addams Family”
  • Quasimodo – Name of title character in the novel and film The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    old black & white photo of scary dude putting his hand up
    Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin
  • Rasputin – Rasputin was a Russian mystic, best-known for befriending and influencing the imperial family of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia.
  • Raven – Black bird, and the name of a poem by Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Reaper – Character known to come take your soul when it’s time for death.
  • Regan – Possessed child character from the film, The Exorcist
  • RicinA poison found naturally in castor beans.
  • Ripper – Jack the Ripper was a serial killer in Victorian England.
  • Rosemary – Main character in the horror film, Rosemarie’s Baby
  • Rune – Small stones with symbols on them used for fortune telling.
  • Sabrina – The Teenage Witch character in comics and television.
  • Salem – Sabrina’s powerful black cat, named after Salem, Massachusetts, a town with a history of accusing women of being witches.
  • Samantha – Witch wife from the television series Bewitched
  • Samara – Main character from the horror film, The Ring
  • Sasquatch – Bigfoot
  • Scarface – Al Capone’s Nickname
  • Shadow – A dark area or shape produced by an object body coming between rays of light and a surface.
  • Skull – Head Bone
  • Spike – Character from the film and television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Storm – Bad weather, tempest
  • Svenghouli – Television horror show host
  • Tabitha – Child witch character from the television series Bewitched
  • Tempest – Storm
  • Thing – Disembodied hand from TV/film The Addams Family
  • Thorn – Spiky point on a plant or flower.
  • Twilight – The time of day at dusk. Also the name of the first novel in a series of books by Stephenie Meyer about Vampires and Werewolves.

    The Twilight book cover: two white hands holding an apple.
    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Voodoo – a religion combining elements of Roman Catholic ritual with traditional African magical and religious rites, characterized by sorcery and spirit possession.
  • Vlad – Vlad III of Wallachia was commonly known as Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracula and the inspiration for the Dracula vampire character.
  • Voldemort – Scary character from the Harry Potter novels and film series.
  • Wednesday – Daughter in the television series The Addams Family and Wednesday.
  • Wolverine – Scary wolfman from comics  and film series X-Men
  • Zelda – Witchy aunt from the comics and television series Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Zombie – Living Dead

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