Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill (detail). Pieter Claesz (Dutch, 1596/97–1660). Oil on wood, 9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in., 1628. Rogers Fund, 1949 (49.107)
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Skeletons, Ghouls & Other “Boo!”-tiful Art

We’ve picked a few frightfully lovely works to get you in the Halloween spirit

Just in time for fright night, we’ve taken a look through the galleries of The Met and found artworks that are truly spook-tastic. Scroll on for some tasty tricks and visual treats—then shop our range of beautifully macabre art-inspired gifts at

Bones to Pick

Skeletons (calaveras) riding bicycles. José Guadalupe Posada (Mexican, 1851–1913). Etching on zinc, 6 1/16 x 10 9/16 in., ca. 1900. Gift of Jean Charlot, 1930 (30.82.112)


Purr-fectly Ghoulish

Cat. China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722). Porcelain with black enamel, H. 4 7/8 in. The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.424)


Artistic Trick-or-Treaters

Untitled (Outskirts of Morton, Mississippi, Halloween). William Eggleston (American, born 1939). Dye-transfer print, 11 7/8 x 17 3/4 in., 1971. Purchase, Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and Charlotte A. and William E. Ford Gift, 2012 (2012.294)


Off with His Head

Skeleton dance costume. Tibet. Silk, flannel; overall: 70 × 60 in.; late 19th or early 20th century. Gift of Mrs. Edward A. Nis, 1934 (34.80.3a–h)



Rosary. German. Ivory, silver, and partially gilded mounts; overall: 24 11/16 x 2 1/8 x 1 3/4 in.; ca. 1500–1525. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.306)


Old Haunts

Onoe Matsusuke as the Ghost of the Murdered Wife Oiwa, in “A Tale of Horror from the Yotsuya Station on the Tokaido Road.” Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825). Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper; 14 3/4 x 10 1/8 in.; 1812. Gift of Louis V. Ledoux, 1927 (JP1492)


Skeleton Crew

Skeleton Astride a Skull. Rantei (Japanese). Ivory, H. 1 1/2 in., late 18th–early 19th century. Bequest of Stephen Whitney Phoenix, 1881 (81.1.72)


Scare Stare

Halloween, insert card possibly from the Children, Holidays, Etc. series (D23). Commercial color lithograph, early 20th century. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (63.350.307.23.30)


Frightfully Lovely

Visit The Met Store to shop skulls, cats, and other “boo!”-tiful Halloween gift ideas.

Crowned Skull with Snake Enamel Pin, $10


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