50 Halloween Memes That Will Have You Howling with Laughter
Trick-or-treat yourself to a boo-tiful bunch of shareable Halloween memes that celebrate spooky season
Halloween memes that are scary good
Are you the kind of person who wears all black on a sunny day? Do you have your Halloween costume picked out by June? Are you burning through your data plan by texting Halloween memes to everyone you know? And have you already had five pumpkin spice lattes … today?
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the best time of year for those who love all the things that go bump in the night. And if you start your Halloween countdown on Nov. 1, we’re here to help you celebrate with the best Halloween jokes and the freshest crop of Halloween memes around.
So if you’re creepy and you’re kooky—or just love that big orange squash—keep reading for some funny memes that are sure to give you a treat. (No tricks!)
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The good news? You’re really easy to shop for. The bad news? You’re probably getting a lot of Halloween-themed items and pumpkins this year. If your birthday leaves you feeling like you live in a pumpkin patch, we have plenty of fresh pumpkin recipes for you to try.
Hide and sneak
If you’re out of candy by the third round of trick-or-treaters, then you need a comfy hiding spot and a strong Wi-Fi signal. Why not read some of the best pumpkin spice memes while you’re cowering away from the kids? After all, it’ll be a long night.
Call it the Halloween tax. Call it the parents’ cut. However you want to justify swiping some of your kids’ favorite candy is your call. And technically, your kids’ dentist will thank you. Your dentist, however, is another story. (Oh, and according to dentists, these are the worst candies for your teeth.)
Chocolate and sour balls and lollipops and more! Is it possible to have a candy hangover? Asking for a friend. As Winifred Sanderson said in the quintessential Halloween movie Hocus Pocus, “Oh, look. Another glorious morning. Makes me sick!”
You’re just taste-testing it, after all, to make sure it hasn’t gone bad. And when the kids ask, you’ll simply say your house is haunted and the ghosts gobbled it all up.
Spice, spice baby
If you don’t get that box of Pumpkin Spiced Joe-Joe’s, who will? And remember: As the spooky holiday nears, you should shop armed with some Halloween greetings for your local Trader Joe’s workers.
The only sure things in life are death, taxes and that your children will change their costume ideas as soon as you’ve finished making them. This year, ditch the sewing machine and swap DIY kids’ costumes for store-bought versions—and make sure to save your receipts!
Full-size candy bars? You’re a legend. (Not to be confused with an urban legend.) They’ll be talking about you at the middle school for weeks!
Wearing your Halloween costume when you work from home is totally fine! Wearing your Halloween costume when you work from home and Halloween is still weeks away? Still totally fine! But we’re typing this while wearing cat ears, so maybe we aren’t the best ones to ask.
Oh no! The candy’s running low
When it hits that time of night when candy bowls are getting low, all you can do is lift up your Halloween bucket and beg for a few more pieces of candy.
Chocolate may be a no-no for dogs, but looking adorable in a puppy Halloween costume is a definite yes. So get ready for your Fido to look his finest on Halloween.
If you’re forced to wear your standard work attire, tell yourself that you’re dressed up as you, but from a week ago.
Deck the halls with … Halloween-themed garland? Spider webs? Pumpkins? If you’re having trouble saying goodbye to spooky season, get a head start on these DIY Halloween decorations so you’ll be all set for 2024.
If this is your favorite of our Halloween memes, you may want to check out this list of the best horror movies of all time. Watch one while enjoying some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
There’s nothing wrong with a little Halloween indulgence—no matter how you justify it. But there’s more to know about candy, other than the fact that it’s delicious. Check out some fun facts about Halloween candy while you’re raiding your kid’s stash.
American kids are all ready to load up on candy on Oct. 31. But in other countries, Halloween doesn’t mean a sugary free-for-all! Find out how Halloween is celebrated in other countries—and where it’s banned.
Those candy-coated apples are a seasonal treat—and hey, at least you can justify them, since they’re technically fruit.
Which witch are you?
There’s nothing wrong with embracing your witchy side. And besides, almost everything you know about them is wrong, anyway! Just check out this list of everything you should stop believing about the Salem witch trials.
Should have been a devil instead
Going with an overly clever costume concept may be fun, but unless you’re positive everyone will get the joke, you could end up explaining your outfit to a lot of people on fright night. If you’re rethinking your thinker of a costume, we’ve got over a hundred easy Halloween costumes you can make at the last minute.
Every day is Halloween when you’re Goth! And while it can be a little annoying to constantly field requests to raid your closet for costume ideas, at least you know the most macabre holiday of the year belongs to you and your fellow Goths.
Truly in love … with the costume idea
There are a lot of reasons to work on your relationship, but for true Halloween fans, debuting that perfect couple costume is definitely motivation to stay together.
Get your money’s worth
OK, no one really remembers Left Shark (Katy Perry’s backup dancer, who struggled through the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show), but that giant plush costume was expensive, and it’s going to get worn—to the grocery store, to the bank and, of course, to that Halloween costume party.
At least you tried
Sure, your neighbor might have an elaborately carved display (or a kid in art school), but you’ve got heart, and that’s what matters. After laboring over your jack-o’-lantern, make sure to follow our tips for making your carved pumpkin last longer.
Costumes aren’t for everyone—except pets. Sorry, cuties, but our followers are clamoring for adorable costumed-pet shots and clever Halloween Instagram captions.
Chocolate tastes just as good on Nov. 1—who cares if it’s in orange-and-black wrappers? And with these low prices, it’s a great time to stock up on treats to include in your upcoming holiday baking.
Creepy curb appeal
It’s beginning to look a lot like … Halloween! From orange-and-black wreaths adorning front doors to styrofoam gravestones dotting yards, once those small seasonal signs pop up, you know Halloween is just around the corner.
Maybe you tried to be a creepy zombie. Or perhaps you’re looking to be a terrifying clown. If you’re finding that you can’t pull off the horror part of Halloween, check out our list of scary Halloween costumes that are sure to terrify even the most hardened Halloween aficionado.
No costume required
You bought a really cool mask, and planned to make—or buy—the rest of your costume. But you forgot, didn’t you? Werewolf on a Monday morning is a thing … right? If it makes you feel better, a head-only monster totally works for a Halloween party.
Dead on my feet
Getting up for work is always hard—you sleep like the dead! But it’s extra hard when there’s a promise of cute kiddie costumes and tons of candy once the clock hits quitting time. (Psst! If this skeleton speaks to your love of the macabre, check out even more creepy photos—they’ll give you chills!)
Sugar, we’re goin’ down
Sugar does some pretty nasty stuff to your body—except on Halloween. That’s right, according to a scientific fact we just made up, the laws of biology are suspended on Halloween so kids (and their adults!) can eat as much candy as they want. So crank up the Halloween tunes and live it up … for a night.
It’s all in your mind
Did you let Halloween go to your head? Or maybe you’ve just got these Halloween quotes on the mind.
Ready for fall
It can never come soon enough. Check out these scary-good Halloween riddles that will prepare you and your kiddos for the big day.
Are you joking with meow?
It’s only the greatest day of the year! Don’t miss these Halloween puns that will make you chuckle until you’re coffin.
That first sign of fall
It’s like Christmas in October. And if you’re finding these Halloween memes humerous, then try these skeleton puns that will make you laugh right down to your bones.
Sweet … or sinister?
Some love it. Some hate it. And some really, really hate it. But it just isn’t Halloween without candy corn. Eat it by the handful, use it to decorate brownies or even make your own infused vodka for some tricky treats of the adult variety. And heads up, superfans: You can use this pumpkin-carving template to create a candy corn jack-o’-lantern, proclaiming your love of the controversial candy for the whole neighborhood to see.
Work can be scary every day. De-stress and play some of these Halloween party games at this year’s spooktacular event.
Take a purr-sonal day
Feline sleepy? It’s time for some meow-ditation and self-care. Maybe you can unwind with the best Halloween movies for kids (that even adults will love).
Money won’t make you happy
It won’t? But have you seen these skeletons—or how much they cost? If scary is more your speed, read some eerie ghost stories that will keep you up at night.
Place your order
If you made the costume, you get to make requests. And, hey, don’t forget the Skittles!
Get into the holiday mood with a DIY costume—even if you’re just staying home handing out candy. All you need is a sheet, some scissors and Halloween spirit.
Age is just a number
If I’m too old for trick-or-treating, I’ll simply dress like a toddler. Problem solved. Besides, are you ever too old for candy? (Um, that’s a big, fat no.)
Why? Do you not know what you’re going to be? Well, in that case, you probably need to browse these killer group Halloween costumes.
The ghosts ate it. And then the goblins. And then the vampires went back to the store to pick up another bag to eat—er, save for Halloween.
The perfect match
Pair red wine with chocolate, white wine with … Sour Patch Kids? After enough glasses of wine, you probably won’t even care.
Rules are rules
But the real question is where to start… And speaking of getting started, Halloween is approaching fast! If you’re still scrambling for a costume, be sure to check out these family Halloween costume ideas.
This galaxy ain’t big enough for two Han Solos—or is it? Grab two costumes and let ’em both get their way.
Let the countdown begin
Fast and furious
You snooze, you lose.
Moo-ve out of the way!
It’s fun to be a weirdo on Oct. 31.
You won’t find any wrappers here. Now that you’ve giggled at all these funny Halloween memes, see if you can nail this Halloween trivia.
Additional reporting by Emma Taubenfeld.