There are a select group of us in this world who love Halloween. OK, maybe love is not the right word — obsessed is probably more accurate. And with said obsession comes an inclination to watch classic horror films over… and over… and over. That’s why we think it’s about time we embrace the fact that we are itching to name our kids after our favorite horror characters of TV and film. Hey, the Game of Thrones and Harry Potter superfans can do it — so why can’t we?
Whether you are expecting an October baby or just love Halloween, you just might find the perfect baby name in our list of Halloween-inspired baby names.
Unique names from horror movies
Horror movies always seen to have characters with cool and unique names. You may not want to name your child after a psychotic killer (or maybe you do? we’re not here to judge), but you can do a cool variation on some of these names. For instance, instead of Freddy, you can go with Fred or Frederick or Charles over Chucky.
Some of these names actually represent a strong role model for girls. Who could forget Riley, from Aliens, kicking some major alien tail? Check out some of our top picks here!
Cool Boy Names from Horror Movies:
- Michael (Myers, from Halloween)
- Freddy (Krueger, from A Nightmare on Elm Street)
- Jason (Friday the 13th)
- Chucky (Child’s Play)
- Damien (The Omen)
- Ichabod (Crane, from Sleepy Hollow)
- Cain (The Exorcism of Emily Rose)
- Norman (Bates, from Psycho)
- Lestat (Interview with a Vampire)
- Hannibal (Silence of the Lambs)
- Michah (Paranormal Activity)
- Rustin (The Blair Witch Project)
- Yoko ( The Grudge)
Cool Girl Names from Horror Movies:
- Samara (The Ring)
- Morticia (The Addams Family)
- Regan (The Exorcist)
- Rosemary (Rosemary’s Baby)
- Carrie (Stephen King’s Carrie)
- Dolores (from Dolores Claiborne)
- Katarina (Sleepy Hollow)
- Riley (Aliens)
- Carol Anne (Poltergeist)
- Clarice (Silence of the Lambs)
- Sidney (Prescott, from Scream)
- Karen (The Grudge)
Witches, goblins and spells, oh my!
You are sure to find a unique name in this list of famous witches, including:
- Samantha (Bewitched)
- Sabrina (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
- Alphabet (Wicked)
- Galina (Wicked)
- Prudence (Charmed)
- Piper (Charmed)
- Phoebe (Charmed)
- Paige (Charmed)
- Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
With the huge popularity of Twilight, vampire names are hot for both girls and boys. Boy Twilight names like Edward, Emmett, Jasper, Alistair, Laurent and Demetri are both unique and cool. Girl Twilight names, such as Esme, Alice, Rosalie, Renesmee, Tia, Zafrina and Irina have a mystical sound to them.
True Blood also has a slew of cool vampire names, including Eric, Bill, Russell, Talbot, Magnus and Godric for boys and Jessica, Pam, Lorena, Sophie-Anne and Nan for girls. Of course, the ultimate vampire names are Vladimir and Dracula.
Originally published October 2010. Updated October 2017.