Spooky, creepy, bloody, hellish Halloween type… or not?

Every Halloween season we are continuously inundated with those fonts. You know which ones I am referring to; the typical blood dripping, finger strokes in blood, or scratchy, jagged, asymmetrical jumbles. How about the ones made out of bones or tombstones? Pumpkins? You see these everywhere from your local big box advertisements to haunted houses to the flyer for the Halloween party at the corner bar. But do we really need these novelty fonts to get across the point? Below are the advertisement/promotional posters and art work from some of the most iconic horror movies of ALL time. The may be cheesy or truly scary; they may be 60 years old or 10, but they all have one thing in common: standard, basic fonts. None of that stuff you find if you run a search for “halloween fonts”. Some are sans serif, some are not, color and perspective might add some dimension and difference but these types could be used just about anywhere, especially in areas outside of horror. And doesn’t this kind of make them just a bit scarier? A normal facade, hiding horrors beyond belief? Tricking you into believing that maybe they aren’t really that scary? Either way… Happy Halloween!

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