How to Make a Spooky Photo Without Trying Too Hard

It’s so easy it’s scary

Mark Ali
Counter Arts


A sunset, with trees silhouetted in the foreground
“Suburban Sunset Silhouette” (© Mark Ali)

Halloween is approaching.

I have mixed feelings about it. I like the candy, of course, and watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.

But I could do without all those tacky Halloween yard inflatables, and all the slasher movies on TV.

Still, photographically, Halloween presents a lot of possibilities.

I’m speaking, of course, of spooky photos.

Spooky Photos

The obvious approach to making spooky photographs seems to always involve a lot of effort.

A still life with a skull, or maybe a little fake gore.

A double-exposure treatment, to create a ghost-like figure.

Or maybe some carefully applied Photoshop textures and filters to give a night time landscape a creepy look and feel.

Scary stuff.

Not really, of course. It’s usually a little overdone.

So, I say, skip all of that, and use ordinary everyday subjects. It’s just a lot easier, and it can still be spooky.

Like the Moon, for Example



Mark Ali
Counter Arts

I’m a writer, a photographer, a music lover, and a professional ice sculptor. I’m kidding about that last thing. (View my portfolio at: