100+ Cute And Scary Names Perfect For Spooky Season

Georgia Stone
Feb 16, 2024 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Nov 13, 2020
Kids in Halloween costume

The Halloween season is just around the corner.

During this season, both kids and adults dress up as scary characters for the annual festivities. In this post, we’ll take a look at more than 100 scary names.

The Halloween names that we’ll be covering in this blog consist of evil names and dark names from the world of movies and literature. So, if you’re on the lookout for creepy names for the spooky season that’s about to get underway, read on!

For more names, check out the lists of gothic girl names and halloween names on Kidadl.

Scary Names Related To Horror Films

In our first category, we’ll go through some spookily dark names for girls and scary names for boys inspired by characters from some of the most iconic horror movies. From ‘The Nightmare On Elm Street’ to ‘The Blair Witch Project’ to ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, read on for some of the most well known scary names.

1. Asami, the serial torturer and seducer from 1999’s ‘Audition’. One of the scary girl names on this list.

2. Blade, the violent vampire slaughterer from the Marvel Universe’s ‘Blade’ movie series.

3. Blair Witch, the witch from the woods who drove people to murder from ‘The Blair Witch’ series of films.

4. Bub, regarded as one of the best zombies in on-screen history, from 1985’s ‘Day Of The Dead’.

5. Buffy, the vampire slayer from the iconic ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ film from 1992. A TV show by the same name ran from 1997 – 2003.

6. Carole Ledoux, the man-murdering recluse from 1965’s ‘Repulsion’.

7. Cesare, the sleepwalking slave from 1920’s ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’.

8. Clarice Starling, the nervous and young FBI agent from 1991’s ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’.

9. Count Orlok, the original screen vampire and arguably the best, from 1922’s ‘Nosferatu’.

10. Damien Thorn, the creepy kid from 1976’s ‘The Omen’.

11. Dracula, regarded as one of the finest screen vampires from 1931’s ‘Dracula’.

12. Genessier, the surgeon-scientist from the '60s ‘Eyes Without A Face’ who kidnaps and murders young girls.

13. Duc de Richleau, the occult expert with devilish facial hair from 1968’s ‘The Devil Rides Out’.

14. Eli, the vampire trapped in a girl-next-door from 2008’s ‘Let The Right One In’.

15. Freddy Krueger, the iconic monster from 1984’s ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’.

16. Gomez Addams, the iconic patriarch from the ‘The Addams Family’ series of television shows and movies.

17. Hannibal Lecter, the psychiatrist-turned-cannibal from 1991’s ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’, 2001’s ‘Hannibal’, and 2002’s ‘Red Dragon’.

18. Harry Powell, the cold-blooded killer from 1955’s ‘The Night Of The Hunter’.

19. Henry, the no-nonsense monster from 1986’s ‘Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer’.

20. Henry Frankenstein, the hungry and driven half-mad scientist from 1931’s ‘Frankenstein’.

21. Herbert West, the mad scientist from the 1985 film ‘Re-Animator’.

22. Jack Goodman, the ever-decomposing zombie from 1981’s ‘An American Werewolf In London’.

23. Jack Griffin, the scientist who manages to disappear himself somehow, from 1933’s ‘The Invisible Man’.

24. Jack Torrence, the psychopath from the '80s film ‘The Shining’.

25. Jigsaw, the famous genius-turned-torturer from the ‘Saw’ series.

26. John Rider, the hitch-hiking psychopath from 1986’s ‘The Hitcher’.

27. Leatherface, the maniac from the 1974 film ‘The Texan Chain Saw Massacre’.

28. Linda, the loving girlfriend who turns into a raging demon in the 1987 film ‘Evil Dead II’.

29. Michael Myers, the mute-killing machine known for his remorselessness, from 1978’s ‘Halloween’.

30. Mystery Man, the troubled and troubling character from 1997’s ‘Lost Highway’ who can be at two places simultaneously.

31. Norman Bates, the crazy motel-owner from the original ‘Psycho’ from 1960.

32. Pazuzu, the malevolent and mocking entity from 1973’s ‘The Exorcist’.

33. Peter, the SWAT guy from 1978’s ‘Dawn Of The Dead’.

34. Pinhead, the demonic torturer from the 1987 film ‘Hellraiser’.

35. Prince Prospero, the Satan-worshipper from 1964’s ‘The Masque Of The Red Death’.

36. Quint, the shark hunter from 1975’s ‘Jaws’; a great baby name for boys.

37. Regan, the young girl who falls victim to Pazuzu in 1973’s ‘The Exorcist’. Doubles up as a great baby girl name too.

38. Rhodes, the blackhearted soldier from 1985’s ‘Day Of The Dead’, one of the best scary names for boys.

39. R. J. MacReady, the cynic from 1982’s ‘The Thing’.

40. Sadako, one of the scary girl names from Japanese Horror; from 1998’s ‘Ring’ and 1999’s ‘Ring 2’.

41. The Phantom, the masked and obsessed madman from 1925’s ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’.

42. Van Helsing, the Dutch doctor who’s also a killer of vampires; from 1958’s ‘Horror of Dracula’.

43. Victor Frankenstein, the wild-eyed villain hell-bent on turning the dead into the living, from 1957’s ‘The Curse of Frankenstein’.

44. Voldemort, “He-Who-Cannot-Be-Named”, from the ‘Harry Potter’ film series.

Scary Names Related To Horror Books

Now that we’ve covered the names from some of the most well-known names from horror movies such as ‘The Blair Witch Project’, ‘Harry Potter’, and many more, it’s time to turn to literature for scary boy names and girl names. Over time, numerous horror books and novels have yielded horror characters with spooky names to remember.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the scariest names.

45. Ahab, the angry and obsessed monster created by novelist Herman Melville for his iconic novel ‘Moby Dick’.

46. Alex, the murderer and thief from Anthony Burgess’ ‘A Clockwork Orange’.

47. Annie Wilkes, the character who’s trained in both murder and torture, from Stephen King’s ‘Misery’.

48. Begbie, the psychopath from Irvine Welsh’s ‘Trainspotting’.

49. Big Brother, the ever-watchful face from George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘Nineteen-Eighty-Four’.

50. Bill Sikes, the vicious character from Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’.

51. Bluebeard, a frightening version of the fairytale character; from Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’.

52. Caliban, a terrifying character whose basic instincts dictate his actions, from William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.

53. Cathy Earnshaw, the child-ghost from Emily Brönte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’.

54. Count Dracula, the original literary vampire from Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.

55. Cruella De Vil, the iconic puppy-killing villain from Dodie Smith’s ‘The Hundred And One Dalmatians’.

56. Dolores Umbridge, the manipulative evil headmistress of Hogwarts from J.K Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix’.

57. Frank, the 16-year-old narrator from Iain Banks’ ‘The Wasp Factory’.

58. General Woundwort, the tyrannical rabbit from Richard Adams’ ‘Watership Down’.

59. Heathcliff, the egomaniac from Emily Brönte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’.

60. Honoria Waynflete, the crazed murderer from Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder Is Easy’.

61. Humbert Humbert, the manipulative man from Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’.

62. Iofur Raknison, the bear with a human’s calculating mind, from Philip Pullman’s ‘Northern Lights’.

63. Jack, the character with a strong desire for punishment and a distinct love for hunting, from William Golding’s ‘Lord Of The Flies’.

64. Kevin, the uncontrollable son who also wields a crossbow, from Lionel Shriver’s ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’.

65. Lady Audley, the woman who seems to get away with any crime she commits, from Mary Elizabeth Brannon’s ‘Lady Audley’s Secret’.

66. Lady Macbeth, the murderous and nagging wife from William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

67. Little Father Time, the murderer from Thomas Hardy’s most depressing novel, ‘Jude The Obscure’.

68. Magwitch, the escapee convict from Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’.

69. Mam’zelle Rougier, the strict headmistress who believes that detention is one of the most lenient punishments; from Enid Blyton’s ‘Malory Towers’.

70. Mary Maloney, the pregnant lady who’s murderous as well, from Roald Dahl’s ‘Lamb To The Slaughter’.

71. Miss Havisham, a figure that’s equally creepy and tragic from Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’.

72. Mrs. Trunchbull, the torturer of children from Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’.

73. Mrs. Winterson, driven by religion and devoid of love and affection, from Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit’.

74. Patrick Bateman, the mad serial killer from Brett Easton Ellis’ novel ‘American Psycho’.

75. Pennywise, the fanged clown who haunts children; from Stephen King’s ‘It’.

76. President Coriolanus Snow, the cruel and manipulative dictator from Suzanne Collins’ ‘Hunger Games’.

77. Red Grant, the trained murderer from Ian Fleming’s ‘From Russia With Love’.

78. Steerpike, the murderer who’s completely devoid of conscience in Mervyn Peake’s ‘Gormenghast’.

79. The Dementors, the scary prison wards from J.K Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban’.

80. The Duchess, the child-beater from Lewis Carroll’s iconic ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.

81. The Gruffalo, the lead character that’s a combination of a buffalo and a grizzly bear; from Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Gruffalo’.

82. The Landlady, the scary but seemingly innocent woman from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Landlady’.

83. The Woman In Black, the ghost that foreshadows children’s deaths; from Susan Hill’s ‘The Woman In Black’.

84. White Witch, the witch with the potential of destroying the world; from C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Chronicles Of Narnia’.

Scary Names With Spooky Meanings

If you’re looking for baby names with spooky meanings or Halloween characters names that mean something scary and sinister, you’ve arrived at the right section! Feel free to use these Halloween baby names for your baby during this spooky season!

85. Achlys (Greek origin) meaning “darkness”.

86. Ares (Greek origin) meaning “ruin”.

87. Beelzebub (Hebrew origin), another name of the devil.

88. Bela (Hebrew origin) meaning “destruction”.

89. Belladonna (Latin origin), the name of a highly toxic plant.

90. Dolion (Greek origin) meaning “deceitful”.

91. Hades (Greek origin) meaning “hell”.

92. Hecate (Greek origin), the Goddess of witchcraft in Greek mythology.

93. Ilamatcuhtli (Aztec origin), the Aztec Goddess of death.

94. Helmer (German origin) meaning “warrior’s wrath”.

95. Libitina (Roman origin), the Roman Goddess of death and funerals.

96. Lucifer (Hebrew origin), another name of the devil.

97. Matchitehew (Native American origin) meaning “has an evil heart”.

98. Morrigan (Irish origin) meaning “phantom queen”.

99. Persefoni (Greek origin) meaning “death-bringer”.

100. Sephtis (Persian origin) meaning “eternal death”.

101. Tuwile (Kenyan origin) meaning “death is invincible”.

Kidadl has lots of great names articles to inspire you. If you liked our suggestions for cute and scary names that are perfect for the spooky season, then why not take a look at Halloween cat names or something different like gothic boy names.

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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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