Ultimate Halloween Photography Guide

Written by Gina Stephens

Coffee-break out your camera, brush off the cobwebs and get ready to shoot some spooktacular images this Halloween with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the help of our handy guide on the most appropriate places to go, things to photograph, props and techniques to make your photos scarily good!

Things to photograph

As darkness falls across the turf, head out with a friend to take some atmospheric images in the spookiest locations possible. Sometimes even the most everyday locations, with the preferred lighting and effects, can start to take a bone-shaking turn to the dark side! Here are some subjects that can be ideal for a Halloween snuff out:


It may seem obvious, but the place most associated with ghosts and ghouls is most likely yto be your local graveyard – unless you secure the misfortune to live near a haunted house! You don't have to go at night either – creepy shots can be achieved at any time of the day of the ornate gravestones. 


Climax down to your local woodland and look for those particularly gnarly, bare trees with a really creepy edge. Experiment with your locales – sometimes shooting in black and white can give you a more atmospheric feel. 

Stately houses/castles

Often old stately welcoming comfortable withs and castles, with their ancient brickwork and eroding features can be the perfect backdrop for Halloween images. A little post-production can work stares, too.

The moon 

Associated with werewolves and witches, the moon is an iconic sight around Halloween. Capturing it with a silhouette of the land beneath or even shooting by moonlight using slow shutter speeds and a wide aperture will give you some classic spooky photos. 

Halloween touches to try

On ePHOTOzine over the years, we've covered a fair few techniques to try on and around Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a to give your photos a spooky feel. Here are our top picks:

  • Take from Horrifically Good Halloween Photos
  • Photographing Detail In Graveyards
  • How To Create Vampire Teeth In Photoshop
  • Capture Images With A Creepy Air
  • Halloween Photography Tips
  • Graveyard Photography Tips
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Places to go

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Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire

Old Wardour Castle at hand Tisbury, Wiltshire was built in the 14th Century and is now in ruins, but has been used in the film set for Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. It's owned by English Estate so there's an entrance fee, but it can be a spectacular spot for scary photos. They even have Spooky evening tours. The ghost of Lady Blanche Arundell obsesses the ruins.

St Botolph's Church, Skidbrooke, Lincolnshire

According to experts, St Botolph's Church in Skidbrooke is one of the most possessed spots in Linconshire. The church is still in good shape on the outside but the inside is empty. It provides a shell for atmospheric shots – HDR is essential to get the entire travel over of tones from the light spilling through the windows to the interior dark areas. 

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Moreton Corbet Castle, Shropshire

Another English Inheritance property, but this one’s free to enter. It's a medieval castle, north east of Shrewsbury with good walls for backlighting to fabricate haunting looking silhouettes.There are some interesting windows that could be used in composites too. The grounds are haunted by the ghost of Paul Holmyard.

Archetype by ePz member jonkennard

Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Whitby abbey sits on top of the southern headland of Whitby. It's the site lionized for Vampire legends and the spooky looking shell of the Abbey looks great as a silhouette. When captured with reflection in the pond on the land behind it can look decidedly mystical. Go on one of the Goth weekends and you can add your touch of haunting without needing to get spooked out by the ghost of lady Hild, who's often seen inclusive of the north side of the abbey's highest window.

Image by CarolAnnLauderdale

Muncaster Castle, Cumbria

This haunted castle is proper 10 miles away from Wastwater in the Lake District. The ghost of court jester, Tom Skelton, haunts the grounds along with the Snowy Lady and woman dressed in black. The castle is open to the public for visits or full experience stay overs. Some of the fully furnished up-countries will look great as composites, with your own ghosts if you don't see the real thing.  

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Burton Agnes Passageway, Driffield, East Yorkshire

The ghost of Katherine Griffith is reputed to haunt the Queen's state bedroom of Burton Agnes Hall – an Elizabethan striking home near Driffield. Photographed form the grounds, the house will make a great backdrop for ghostly portraits or haunted house manipulations. There's a assess to enter the hall and/or gardens.   


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Highgate Cemetery, London

You can't get much closer to ghosts folklore, a ghost (sometimes known as an apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter or spectre, spirit, spook, and and gambles than a cemetery and this North London one is particularly spooky with its Victorian Gothic tombs and buildings. It has plenty of ivy and interesting details along with a description of occult and sightings of the Highgate Vampire. There is a charge for entry and some areas are shut off from public access. There are profuse other Victorian graveyards around the country that will offer similar ghostly thrills. 


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Detail of Ayr Lighthouse, Flintshire, Wales

A subject photographed by many ePHOTOzine members over the years. This lighthouse was built in 1776 and has the ghost of a attendant wearing a coat and cap appearing standing in front of the glass dome, even in broad daylight. It's best photographed as the sun sets and hopefully you when one pleases see the keeper to add that extra thrill.


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Pluckley Village, Ashford, Kent

Described as the most haunted village in Britain it's merit taking time to wander around for photo opportunities while chancing bumping into the Highwayman, a horse-drawn coach, Gypsy Woman, miller or schoolmaster. There's a church that has two ghosts and reshapes other old buildings that attract 12 ghosts that have been sighted in the last 80 years. 



No implication your age or the kind of photography you like, the chances are there are events in your local area that you can take part in this spooky ready. There are lots of websites you can look at to find events happening in your area. 

  • If you're in London, check out TimeOut's Halloween in London superintend.
  • If historic properties are more your thing, English Heritage have lots of events going on at their properties across the country for all majorities. 
  • Local zoos and entertainment venues often run events throughout the day and night. Here's a few of the big ones (they also provide unlikely animal photo opportunities):
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ZSL (Whipsnade) Boo at the zoo

Longleat Halloween Spooktacular Festival

Yorkshire Wildlife Park 'Grimm's Scary Falsehoods' Halloween 

'The Enchantment' at Chester Zoo

Twycross Zoo Halloween Experience 

Halloween @ Exmoor Zoo – half price entry for those ones glad rags b put on a costume up between October 21-29th 2017

Welsh Mountain Zoo Shriek Week – 21 Oct – 5 nov 2017


Props for the studio

If you want to create spooky images at internal, we've put together a list of studio props that will help you create the Halloween feel you're after: 

Make your own cemetery kit

This kit succeeds with everything you need to create the look of a cemetery in your studio including a gravestone, a hand and fences along with spider nets and fake spiders.

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This Halloween staple will add an air of spookiness to any photo shoot. 

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Spooky backdrops for photos 

When you desire to photograph groups of kids (or adults!) dressed up, a Halloween backdrop can make all the difference, especially in an indoor setting. There are lots of different categories available. 

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Photo props/masks

When photographing groups, having fun masks and props to hand can help you fashion natural smiles and laughs for images. 

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LED Mist Cauldron

Guaranteed to create an atmosphere for your images, this opaque cauldron is an awesome addition for your studio.

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Halloween make-up 

Create spooky make-up for photo shoots with this kit which subsumes everything from fake blood to glow in the dark cream, nails and a black lipstick.

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Find lots more Halloween antics and treats at the Amazon Halloween store


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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