Halloween characters embrace the spirit of Halloween, one of the most popular holidays in the United States. The spooky fall holiday has hundreds of movies and shows dedicated to celebrating all things Halloween.
Halloween cartoon characters are at the center of these Halloween movies and shows. Some of these Halloween cartoon characters are original creations, and others are reinventions of classic scary characters like Dracula or Frankenstein.
Below is a list of some of the most popular Halloween characters. How many of these Halloween characters do you know?
Jack Skellington is the main character in the stop animation film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town and looks like a tall skeleton zombie dressed in black.
Casper the Friendly Ghost is a loveable Halloween character that lives with three mean ghosts that are his uncles. Casper does his best to help others and do the right thing, even if it means taking sides against the Ghostly Trio.
The Addams Family
The Addams Family has been a popular cartoon series since its original television debut in 1964. The artwork above is from the 2019 computer-animated film.
The Addams Family franchise was relaunched for the Halloween holiday season by BRON studios, MGM, and Cinesite Animation. The Addams Family has become known as a classic set of Halloween characters that everyone loves.
Gomez Addams is the father and head of the family. He is married to Morticia and the father of Wednesday and Pugsley. In the original series, he was often shown reading in the den.
Morticia Adams is the mother of Wednesday and Pugsley. She is married to Gomez and is much taller than him. Morticia has been shown playing musical instruments and speaking multiple languages.
Wednesday Addams is the daughter of Gomez and Morticia. She is the older sibling to her brother Pugsley who she likes to perform experiments on since she is obsessed with death.
Pugsley Addams is the younger brother of Wednesday and son of Gomez and Morticia Addams. Pugsley is often found playing with dangerous toys.
Uncle Fester is the uncle in the family and wears a full-length fur coat. He is a heavy-set character with no hair.
Lurch is the towering butler for the Addams Family. He is 6 feet 9 inches tall and has a deep voice that often mumbles and groans.
Cousin Itt is a short character covered in blonde hair from head to toe. Itt’s hair is so long it goes from his head all the way to the floor. Itt also is often shown with a black hat and matching cane.
Scoob! is the latest extension of the Scooby-Doo franchise created by the Warner Animation Group. The world-famous Mystery Incorporated group of friends and their Great Dane Scooby-Doo take on their most challenging mystery yet.
Scoob-Doo is a talking Great Dane and best friend of Shaggy Rogers. He is pivotal to the team of mystery solvers, loves Scooby Snacks, and often says, “Scooby-Dooby-Doo!”
Shaggy is the tall and lanky best friend of Scooby-Doo. Although they are both easily scared, they make up an important part of Mystery Incorporated’s crime-busting team.
Velma is the smart problem-solver of the mystery-solving group. She has short hair and black frame glasses that she often drops.
Fred is the leader of the Mystery Incorporated group of mystery-solving friends. He is good at building monster traps and often pairs up with Daphne when the group splits up to look for clues.
Daphne is the cute danger prone female detective of the group. It is not uncommon for Daphne to get captured and tied up, helping her earn the nickname, “Danger-prone Daphne.”
The hotel provides a safe refuge for monsters to relax and not worry about being chased by humans. There are several classic Halloween characters sprinkled throughout the Hotel Transylvania franchise.
Dracula is a tall and slender vampire who is a good hotel host and a protective father. Many of his Transylvania adventures aim to protect his friends and family.
Frankenstein is a gentle giant who often loses parts of himself and his wife and then mails them all over. He has been known to hold several different job types and be afraid of fire.
Johnny is the first human to ever get inside Hotel Transylvania. While there, he meets Mavis and falls in love with her. Throughout the first film, Johnny tries to earn his spot among the monsters at Hotel Transylvania.
Mavis is Dracula’s daughter, and when she meets Johnny, she becomes intrigued with humans and falls in love with him. Throughout the film series, Mavis and Johnny get married and have a child of their own.
Murray is a mummy with green eyes who likes to dance and act silly. Murray is from Egypt and has the unique ability to summon sandstorms.
Wayne is a werewolf married to Wanda and has over 300 energetic and wild wolf pups that keep him very busy at all times.
Griffin is an invisible man who hilariously often forgets he is invisible. The only way to see where Griffin is standing is by looking for his glasses floating in mid-air.
ParaNorman is a stop-motion animated film produced by Laika animation. The film celebrates a young boy named Norman who can talk to ghosts.
Norman is a shy boy who doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd, but what is more unusual is his ability to speak to the dead.
Courtney is Norman’s older sister and a popular cheerleader at the local high school.
Alvin is the high school bully who shows a different side to his personality when he teams up with Norman and others to save the town.
Neil is Norman’s best friend who is kind, chubby, and unfortunately suffers from IBS.
Mitch is Neil’s older jock brother. Mitch is the first openly gay animated character when he reveals he has a boyfriend.
Coraline is a stop-motion animated movie produced by Laika. Coraline Jones is the star character and rebellious adventurer for her age. Her bravery takes her to new worlds and challenges her quick thinking.
Beetlejuice is a ghost from the cartoon show with the same name and enjoys eating bugs and pulling pranks. Beetlejuice is famous for his black and white striped suit, red nails, green jagged teeth, and blonde hair.
Monsters Inc is a computer-animated movie from Pixar and Disney. The fun family film focuses on two monsters who are best friends, Mike and Sulley. The duo works at Monsters Inc, which generates power by scaring children and collecting their screams. A young girl named Boo sneaks into their factory and flips the monster’s understanding of children on its head.
Mike is a short green character with one large eye. Mike and Sulley are the two main characters who work as a team to scare and then later understand children like Boo.
Sullivan, or Sulley for short, is a large hairy monster who is colored green with large purple spots. Sulley is best friends with Mike, and as a team, they are known to be the best scarers at Monsters Inc.
Boo is a toddler who is not afraid of Sulley, she is only afraid of Randall. Boo thinks Sulley is a big fluffy cat and calls him, “Kitty.”
Randall is a purple lizard with eight legs who can change the color of his skin to blend in with his surroundings. Randall is excellent at scaring and is Sulley’s top competitor at Monsters Inc.
Celia is a Medusa-like monster with one large eye like Mike and five small snakes as her hair. Celia works at Monsters Inc as the receptionist and is dating Mike Wazowski.
Roz is a snail-like monster with tall hair and pointed glasses. She is the Scare Floor Admin where Mike and Sulley work.
Waternoose is a large crab and spider hybrid monster who is the CEO boss of Monsters Inc. Waternoos was handed down this job from his family, who has been in charge for three generations.
Igor is a computer-animated horror movie produced by Sparx Animation Studios in France. Igor, the character, is a short hunchback who dreams of being an evil scientist.
Corpse Bride is a stop-motion animation movie by Tim Burton. As a soft-spoken groom practices his wedding vows, a young woman rises from her grave thinking he has married her.
Victor Van Dort
Victor is a shy and nice young man who is engaged to marry Victoria Everglot for financial freedom and elite social status.
The Corpse Bride
Corpse Bride is a beautiful young woman who enjoys music and dance. She believes she has risen from death to marry Victor.
Coco is a computer-animated movie by Disney Pixar. A young boy named Miguel dreams of becoming a famous musician and traveling to the Land of the Dead to find his musical icon, Ernesto de la Cruz.
Miguel is a twelve-year-old boy and the main character in the film Coco. He is a talented singer and guitar player who hopes to be famous like Ernesto de la Cruz one day.
Ernesto de la Cruz
Ernesto de la Cruz is the most famous musician ever known in Mexico. He wears a large white hat and a white suit. Although his death was too early in life, he became even more popular in the Land of the Dead.
Hector is Miguel’s tricky great-great-grandfather, whom he meets in the Land of the Dead. Hector wants to return to the Land of the Living with Miguel’s help.
Dante, the family’s hairless dog, follows Miguel throughout his many adventures.
Frankenweenie is a black-and-white stop-animation film by Tim Burton and Disney. A young boy named Victor uses electricity to bring his dog Sparky back to life.
Victor is a very smart and curious young boy. When his dog Sparky dies, Victor uses his creativity and scientific mind to think of a way to bring Sparky back to life.
Sparky is a small Bull Terrier dog and family pet. After being hit by a car, Sparky is brought back to life by Victor in his makeshift laboratory with a shocking bolt of lightning.
Edgar “E” Gore
Edgar is a hunchback friend of Victor. Once he discovers Victor’s ability to bring pets back to life, he convinces him to try his new science experiment on his goldfish.
Monster House is a computer-animated film produced by Sony Pictures Imageworks. Three teens discover the local haunted house is alive and must do their best to destroy the house before it destroys the town.
Dustin James Walters, or DJ for short, is the main character in the animated film Monster House. He is a teenage boy who finds the haunted house nearby curious and often spies on the man who lives there, Horace Nebbercracker, as he captures everything that comes into his yard.
Charles Jackson Peterson, known as Chowder, is a DJ’s best friend and part of the trio of teens that takes on the monster house to uncover its secrets.
Jennifer Bennett, who goes by Jenny, is a student at Westbrook Prep. DJ and Chowder save her as she approaches the haunted house, and the three team up to destroy the house.
The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman is a green glowing pirate ghost from the SpongeBob SquarePants series. This SpongeBob villain is named after the ship with the same name. He haunts the seven seas and collects the souls of the characters in the show.
Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy is an animated tv series created for Cartoon Network. Billy is a cheerful and goofy boy, and Mandy is a negative and rude girl who wins Grim as a prize. Grim Reaper is now stuck serving the two children as their reluctant best friend forever.
The Grim Reaper, who goes by Grim, is often at the center of Billy and Mandy’s shenanigans. He is a living skeleton who wears a black and red hooded outfit and carries a scythe.
Billy is Mandy and Grim’s best friend. He is known for being very happy and joyful but also has an extremely low IQ. He has a very large nose, a big smile, and short red hair.
Mandy is best friends with Billy and Grim. She has blonde hair with a black headband and is always shown scowling. Mandy is the opposite of her cheerful friend Billy. Mandy is smart but uses her intelligence to be cruel and ruthless.
Monsters vs Aliens
Monsters vs. Aliens is a computer-animated movie produced by DreamWorks Animation. A group of misfit monsters joins forces with the United States Armed Forces to stop an invasion of aliens to save the world and earn their freedom.
Susan Murphy also goes by the name Ginormica. After being struck by a quantonium meteorite at her wedding, she was transformed into a giant-sized woman over 50 feet tall with super strength and white hair.
The Missing Link
The Missing Link, who usually goes by Link, is a 20,000-year-old walking fish-type human. Link was frozen like Marvel’s Captain America and then thawed out by a scientist before escaping and destroying his home.
Dr. Cockroach is an ingenious scientist who used himself as an experiment to take on cockroaches’ positive characteristics and abilities, only to turn his head into a cockroach head.
B.O.B. is an unbreakable gel monster that is short for Benzoate Ostylezene Bicarbonate. B.O.B. can consume and devour any object and is often found to be goofy.
Witch in Snow White (The Evil Queen)
The old witch in Snow White is a disguise the Evil Queen uses to deliver a poisoned apple to Snow White in the forest. The witch gains Snow White’s trust and gets her to eat the apple before being chased by the seven dwarfs to the edge of a cliff, where she meets her end.
Slimer is a green ghost who first friends with the Ghost Busters and becomes a team member. Slimer acts as a pet to the Ghost Busters and offers continuous comic relief in the series and film.
More Scary Halloween Characters
- Harley Quinn
- Cruella de Vil
- Jessica Rabbit
- Captain Hook
- Hyenas in Lion King
- Harry Potter
- Stranger Things
- Black Widow
- Michael Myers
Find your favorite Halloween characters in some of the most popular and spooky tv shows and movies. Check out Disney Halloween movie list, Cartoon Network Halloween movies, and Cartoons about Halloween for more haunting lists of Halloween holiday favorites. Also, see Wikipedia for another list of Halloween characters.
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