Autumn means many things. It means chilly nights, bonfires, hot apple cider, leaves changing colors and crunching underfoot. It means football season, cozy sweaters, scary movies and of course, Halloween. Though many people opt to have babies born in the fall, not too many people actually give birth on All Hallow’s Eve.
“A 2011 study from Yale concluded that 5% fewer babies are born on Halloween than any other day of the year (leap years included),” writes Womanitely.com. Halloween babies might be rare, but when it does occur the parents of these littles have an awesome opportunity for seriously spooky baby names.
What’s great about finding inspiration for a baby name through horror movies, is that though the name may have a spooky correlation, the name itself is not necessarily spooky. For instance, the name Michael means ‘who is like God?’ but many people may correlate the name with the classic horror film series, Halloween. Inspiration is everywhere in autumn. For anyone whose favorite holiday is Halloween, these are the perfect names for the baby (whether the birth is near October 31st or not). Keep reading for 25 more spooky baby names for any baby lucky enough to be born on Halloween!
Too stinkin cute for a little boy, Alfred is first up on the list. This name is formal and quaint for a little boy, and it’s a name that any Alfred would grow into quite well. NameBerry.com states that Alfred is of English origin and means wise counselor. The name Alfred was inspired for this list by the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.
“Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known as "the Master of Suspense", he directed over 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades, becoming as well-known as any of his actors thanks to his many interviews, his cameo roles in most of his films, and his hosting of Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” shares Wikipedia.com. If you recognize any of Hithcock’s films, it’s likely you are familiar with Psycho.
The main character in The Silence of the Lambs is named Clarice, which is the next spooky name on the list. “ In the film, Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and [criminal] to apprehend another [criminal], known only as "Buffalo Bill,” writes Wikipedia.com. The name Clarice is actually very sweet sounding. NameBerry.com shares that the name is a medieval form of Clarita and means bright and clear. “Though a Top 300 name from 1906 to 1934, modern parents might prefer the more delicate Clarissa,” suggests NameBerry.com.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t sing this name whenever I hear it anymore, thanks to the Lumineers, Ophelia is next on the list. “The name Ophelia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "help,” shares NameBerry.com. Ophelia is of course the tragic Heroine of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. “People with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely. They are often the center of attention, and enjoy careers that put them in the limelight,” suggests SheKnows.com. Ophelia is the perfect name for any little girl born on Halloween.
Blade is a dark and mysterious name for any handsome little daredevil. “One of the new crop of boys' names that manage to be unconventional and macho at the same time -- though Blade verges on the threatening,” writes NameBerry.com. Blade is not a commonly used name, it is currently ranked at number 5,546 for boys names according to BabyCenter.com. If you are looking for something unique, daring a nda bit ominous, Blade is certainly a name to consider, especially for an October baby. Not quite sold on the name Blade? Similar name ideas include Ax, Talon and Blaze.
That’s so Raven! Another name that has me busting out in song! This name is totally spooky for obvious reasons, but it also reminds you of the hit show about Raven Baxter, a teenager with psychic abilities. “Bird name Raven, once a symbol of pride for both African-American and Wiccan parents, is finding new life as a superhero name. Raven Darkholme is the real name of Mystique, heroine of the X-Men films played by Jennifer Lawrence. And there is another Raven superheroine in Teen Titans. Some parents may still choose Raven to signal black pride or mystical powers or maybe even Edgar Allan Poe fandom, but we are guessing most inspiration is coming from the comics,” shares NameBerry.com. It’s a name that is both cute and a little creepy, which can be hard to come by!
Drawing inspiration from everyone’s favorite teenage witch, Sabrina is next. “Sabrina, the bewitchingly radiant name of a legendary Celtic goddess, is best known as the heroine of the eponymous film, originally played by Audrey Hepburn, and later as a teenage TV witch,” shares NameBerry.com. NameBerry.com also states that the name Sabrina is currently ranked at number 434 on popularity charts. “People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters,” suggests SheKnows.com. Sabrina is the perfect name for any little witch born in October.
“The name Alaric is a German baby name. In German the meaning of the name Alaric is:Noble ruler, noble ruler. Old German. King Alaric I conquered Rome in the early 5th century,” states SheKnows.com. A seriously cool name with a strong meaning, the name Alaric actually has a haunting association as well. “Parents typically look for a Holy Grail of monikers, something that is pleasing to the ears, but not too common. If you are looking for the same, Alaric would be perfect. Alaric is a character from the series “Vampire Diaries”. This melodic name means ‘noble leader,” adds MomJunction.com
If you’re looking for something that is classic, strong, spooky and even a little cute, Edgar might be a good option for any handsome little man. Edgar is an old English name that means wealthy spearman. It is currently ranked at number 353 on NameBerry.com popularity charts for a boys name. The spooky inspiration for this name comes from Edgar Allen Poe. “Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story,” states Wikipedia.com.
Seriously cute and a even a bit scary, Shadow is next on the list. This name could work for a boy or girl but is more frequently used as a girls name. This name is a word name that means shade. “People with this name are excellent at analyzing, understanding, and learning. They tend to be mystics, philosophers, scholars, and teachers. Because they live so much in the mind, they tend to be quiet and introspective, and are usually introverts,” suggests SheKnows.com on those given the name Shadow. It’s a darling name for any baby, boy or girl, born in October.
One of my favorites, Ivy is up next on the list. According to NameBerry.com, the name Ivy is currently ranked at number 108 for girls names. The name is a botanical name and is actually pretty cute, but anyone who names their child Ivy should remember that there’s a darker sister to the ivy plant, and that is poison ivy. “Toxicodendron radicans, commonly known as eastern poison ivy or poison ivy, is a poisonous Asian and Eastern North American flowering plant that is well-known for causing urushiol-induced contact dermatitis, an itchy, irritating, and sometimes painful rash, in most people who touch it,” writes Wikipedia.com. Ivy sure is a cute name, and well-suited for any October born baby girl who is in tune with nature and not afraid to use her darker side if need be.
“The name Luna is a Latin baby name. In Latin the meaning of the name Luna is: The moon. In Mythology Luna is one of the names of Artemis the moon goddess,” states SheKnows.com. The name Luna is perfect for any October baby girl who is destined to be in tune with astrology and her natural surroundings. It’s the perfect name for parents looking for something subtly haunting for an October baby. The name itself is super sweet and is actually pretty popular, ranking in at number 37 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. Luna is seriously a cute name for an October baby girl, bonus points if she’s born on a full-moon, October 24th this year.
Another name that would work for a girl or boy, Storm is next on this list of haunting Halloween names. “The name Storm is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Storm is:Tempest,” shares SheKnows.com. Be cautious when choosing the name storm, it may be spooky, but you will also likely end up with a rambunctious little full of zest. This might make them a handful when they are young, but any Storm would certainly know how to stand up for themselves once they are grown. “People with this name tend to be a powerful force to all whose lives they touch. They are capable, charismatic leaders who often undertake large endeavors with great success,” adds SheKnows.com.
“The name Elena is a girl's name of Spanish, Italian, Greek origin meaning "bright, shining light",” writes NameBerry.com. The name Elena is a very sweet name and is pretty popular, currently ranking in at number 67 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. The name was inspired for list by Elena Gilbert, one of the most famous characters on the Vampire Diaries. “This life will be good and beautiful but not without heartbreak. In death comes peace, but pain is the cost of living. Like love, it's how we know we are alive,” Elena states in one of the episodes. If you’re looking for a sweet name for an October baby, look no further than Elena.
Marnie, another one of my favorite names on this list of spooky baby names. Any October born baby girl would be privileged to don the name Marnie. Inspired for this list of course by Marnie from Halloweentown. You could even go all in and name her Marnie Piper, it’s actually a pretty darn cute name. The name Marnie has a very nice meaning to it. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means rejoice, according to NameBerry.com. It is also a unique name, currently ranked at number 458 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. If you’re looking for charming and unique, Marnie is the name to go with!
Sure to be a smart and mischievous little fellow, Draco is the next name on the list. The name Draco is of Latin origin and means Dragon, which is dark and fiery in itself, but the name also is inspired by Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series. Forever Potter’s nemesis, Draco Malfoy is a smart, charming and dark character. Definitely unique, the name is currently ranked at number 583 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. “People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement,” suggests SheKnows.com on those given the name Draco. It’s a mischievous name for any October baby boy destined to always rebel a little but ultimately have good intentions.
“Annie was the name of the lead character in Stephen King’s novel ‘Misery’.” writes MomJunction.com. The name itself is super sweet and means grace. Annie is currently ranked at number 297 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. The name does also have very positive correlations to it as well. “Annie is one of the most open and optimistic, the-sun'll-come-out-tomorrow type of name, having been celebrated over the years in song (Annie Laurie), comic strip (Little Orphan Annie), folklore (Annie Oakley, born Phoebe), and film (Annie Hall),” shares NameBerry.com.
Everyone’s favorite sparkly vampire inspired the next name on the list, Edward. “Unlike perennials William, John and James, Edward is a classic that moves in and out of fashion. This royal Anglo-Saxon standard has benefited in recent years from the popularity of the hot hero of the vampire sensation Twilight -- Edward Cullen -- who has given his name a new infusion of sex appeal,” states NameBerry.com. The name is still pretty popular, currently ranking in at number 169 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. Edward is a suave name, well-suited for any October baby boy who is sure to shine for all his days!
Cue the ‘Halloween’ theme song. The name Michael is a dapper name with plenty of spooky symbolism behind it. The name means ‘Who is like God?” according to NameBerry.com. Michael is currently ranked at number 12 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
“Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) as a young boy... In the original Halloween, the adult Michael Myers, referred to as The Shape in the closing credits, was portrayed by Nick Castle for most of the film, with Tony Moran and Tommy Lee Wallace substituting in during the final scenes. The character was created by Debra Hill and John Carpenter and has appeared in nine films, as well as novels, multiple video games, and several comic books,” states Wikipedia.com on the film series.
“The strange pregnancy dreams of giving birth to an alien or anything that non-baby becomes a reality in the film “Rosemary’s Baby.” In the movie, the newborn turns out to be the Antichrist. The movie may be scary, but the name Rosemary is incredibly sweet,” shares MomJunction.com. The name is of Latin origin and means dew of the sea and rosemary plant, according to NameBerry.com. Despite it’s creepy namesake, it’s a totally charming name and has a dark twist behind it, perfect for a Halloween baby! “People with this name have a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in public speaking, acting, writing or singing,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Rosemary.
Another Stephen King inspired name, Carrie is next on the list. “Carrie lives on mainly on the screen, as the new/old antiheroine of Stephen King's classic Carrie, as turn-of-the-21st-century diva Carrie Bradshaw of Sex & The City, and as Claire Danes' Emmy-winning character Carrie Mathison of Homeland. In real life, however, Carrie dropped off the Top 1000 a handful of years ago and, while the name retains some charm, shows no signs of making an imminent comeback,” states NameBerry.com. The name is still super sweet and obviously not very popular, so if you’re looking for something unique Carrie might be a good option to consider.
Inspired for this list by the 1999 horror film, The Blair Witch Project, Blair is the next name on the list. It’s a dainty name that is re-gaining in popularity. The name is of Scottish origin and means dweller on the plain, according to NameBerry.com. Blair is currently ranked at number 511 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. “. It tells about three student filmmakers: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams and Joshua Leonard who hiked in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappeared, but their equipment and footage is discovered a year later. The purportedly "recovered footage" is the film the viewer sees,” states Wikipedia.com on the movie, The Blair Witch Project. Blair is a darling name and the movie gives it a subtle nod to the spooky side.
This mysterious name literally means secret, making it an alluring choice for an October baby. It could be used for a girl or boy. “People with this name tend to be a powerful force to all whose lives they touch. They are capable, charismatic leaders who often undertake large endeavors with great success. They value truth, justice, and discipline, and may be quick-tempered with those who do not. If they fail to develop their potential, they may become impractical and rigid,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Rune. NameBerry.com adds that the name is mystical and tragic and is newly popular in Europe.
Salem is a seriously spooky name that is particularly cute for a little girl. Salem was inspired for this list by the The Salem Witch Trials. “The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693,” writes Wikipedia.com. In other cultures, the name actually has a positive meaning. “The name Salem is a Muslim baby name. In Muslim the meaning of the name Salem is:Secure. Safe. Mild. Free,” shares SheKnows.com. Any Salem is sure to be a sassy little girl who has a little spunk and knows how to stand up for herself, and who doesn’t want that for their daughter?!
“Regan entered the girls' list in 1974--one year after the horror flick The Exorcist featured the demonically possessed Regan MacNeill. And before that, Regan was one of the faithless daughters in Shakespeare's King Lear,” states NameBerry.com. The name itself is really quaint. “The name Regan is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "little king,” writes NameBerry.com. The spelling Reagan is much more popular and the name Reagan is ranked at number 98 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. Spelling it Regan makes it both a little spooky and a lot more unique! Regan deserves to be added to a list of names to consider for any October baby!
Samara wraps up this list of seriously spooky baby names. The name is a Hebrew place name meaning under God’s rule, shares NameBerry.com. The name is actually pretty popular, ranking in at number 324 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. Can’t quite think of where the spook factor comes from with this one? Samara is the name of the little creepy girl in The Ring, a horror movie that premiered in 2002. “People with this name have a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in public speaking, acting, writing or singing. They also yearn to have beauty around them in their home and work environment,” writes SheKnows.com on those with the name Samara.