I confess, Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday. In fact, I dislike anything that’s scary or gross, and there’s a lot of that to be seen this time of year. However, in case you want to add a festive touch to your Halloween cards and treats, here are a few not-so-scary doodles you can draw. These are all based on simple shapes, and all you need is a pencil, an eraser, and whatever you’d like to use to color them in! I recommend starting with pencil to sketch, then tracing with a black marker and using crayons, colored pencils, or marker to finish. You can also do your doodling on the iPad with an Apple pencil and the Procreate app like I did. Ready? Let’s get started.
Start by drawing a plus sign, then draw two more intersecting diagonal lines. Don’t worry about making them perfectly straight, spiderwebs are always moving in the breeze. Starting near the center, draw a curving line inside each “v” shape. Move out a little farther and do a second layer. Continue this same pattern, moving each layer of the web out a bit farther until you’re close to the ends of your lines.
Black marker is fine for this doodle, but it’s also a really cool effect to use a white chalk marker or gel pen on a black surface! You can also try using metallic markers for a shimmery look.
Real spiders are not my friends, but this little guy could be. Start by drawing an oval for the body, then four legs extending from each side. Add eyes, then color in the body. I find that adding rosy cheeks makes just about anything cuter, including eight-legged critters!
Drawing a simple piece of candy starts with a center shape. Depending on the kind of candy you want to create, you can draw a circle, an oval, or a rectangle. Next, you’ll draw a shape on each side that’s like a triangle with a wavy side to represent the ends of the wrapper. Add a few detail lines and some color to give your candy a more realistic look.
A ghost starts with a teardrop shape that’s slightly curved to one side. Next, draw two arm shapes, then erase the spot where they join the body. (This is why you want to use pencil first!) Add ovals for the eyes and mouth, and of course, those rosy cheeks. Curving lines around the outside give the illusion of movement and surprise.
Can it be October without a Jack-o-Lantern? To draw one, we start with a basic pumpkin. Make two shapes that look like parentheses with space in the center. Then, add semicircles at the top and bottom to connect the parentheses. Draw a rectangular-ish shape on top for a stem. If you’d like a plain pumpkin, you could stop here and color it in, but a Jack-o-Lantern needs a face! Triangles form the eyes and nose, then a smile with as many teeth as you like will finish off this doodle.
What do you think? Which doodles are your favorites? They are totally doable, I promise, and I hope you’ll have a lot of fun using them to decorate your notes and treats this season. If you like them, don’t forget to save this post to Pinterest so you can find it again next year, and to share with a friend!
Also, before you go, be sure to check out my non-Halloween doodles for fall. I think you’ll enjoy creating those too!