Some people’s love of Halloween is literally skin deep — and it goes beyond glow-in-the-dark body paint. Among all the tattoo enthusiasts covered in tribal patterns and faded hearts that say “Mom,” there are spooks who prefer something a little more haunting. The creepshow never has to end when your skin is your costume. Unlike the jack-o-lantern on your front porch, tattoos won’t rot on the day after. Skeletons can keep jangling their bones to the Monster Mash, headless phantoms can terrorize the neighbors every night and jack-o-lanterns can still glow even in the middle of summer when they’ve been immortalized (or raised from the dead) in ink.
From totally tentacular pumpkins to dead things that dance, these 27 tattoos prove Halloween doesn’t have to end on Oct. 31 when you have it permanently inked.