If you’re looking for some scary-looking playmats to play on this Halloween, I think you’ll like the designs I’ve listed in this post. Now, we obviously all have different ideas on what is scary and what is not so scary, but I have to say, for me, the playmat designs I’ve chosen for this post really had a lasting effect on my personal scare meter.
While our site is packed with creepy Halloween/horror-inspired designs, I thought it was more important for me to pick five that really stuck with me, especially since the first time I laid eyes on them, which was quite a while ago. The fact that the following designs stayed with me for so long speaks not only to their great artistic traits, but to their haunting nature as well. This was no doubt the goal of the artists behind each of these spooky designs.
As soon as I saw this spooky playmat design on the site, I just had to give it a spot on my list. There’s just something about Mélanie Delon’s Stitches design that sends a slight chill down my spine. I would describe the art itself as cool and creepy. Probably more creepy. Although the eyes are dead and discolored, I somehow always feel like they’re actually staring at me (or through me). How about you?
As you will come to learn later in this post, I have this thing about cemeteries at night. And thanks to Unlucky 13’s The Doctor’s Revenge playmat design, I have rediscovered that fear. Aside from the graveyard aspect of it, this playmat design makes use of some really great details and colors. Between the hazy red fog, the dark purple sky, and the blood moon, I think this playmat really captures the essence of both Halloween and the month of October in general.
Then there’s the scythe-wielding, mask-wearing figure (The Doctor) which really brings it all together. While I think the setting and colors are scary enough, Unlucky 13 presents us with an even scarier version of a character/costume that really once existed in 17th century Europe during the days of the plague. It turns out that doctors actually wore these masks to keep themselves from being infected (which was later disproved). However, all they seemed to do was scare the patients even more. Almost 400 years later, it seems that this kind of doctor is still doing what they do best...prescribing fear as the best medicine!
As I mentioned before, graveyards/cemeteries have always given me the creeps. To me, there’s nothing more chilling than a cemetery at night. I think this is something that goes all the way back to my childhood. My family and I used to participate in a scavenger hunt that friends of ours used to organize as part of their yearly Halloween parties. While the hunt was always fun, there was one year where a clue led us to a local cemetery.
The task was to find the name of someone who was buried and get the dates in order to find the next clue. Pretty twisted, right? Well, this was at about 10:00 at night. It was so dark that we had to use flashlights and let me tell you, when you’re just an eight-year-old kid, you start to hear and see things that only exist in a nightmare. This grave playmat design takes me back to that eerie cemetery and really creeps me out!
Ever since I saw that Slender Man documentary, I’ve had trouble getting his creepy shape and look out of my head. So, you can imagine how I felt when I stumbled across this unsettling Slender Man playmat design. And that’s why it makes my list. For those of you who may not know, Slender Man is a fictional character (so they say) that was first introduced through an internet meme created by someone with an obviously twisted sense of humor.
Although the character of Slender Man itself has only been related to myth, there have been several stories related to the Slender Man that have been very real. I won’t get into too much detail here, but I will say that people have done some pretty odd and evil things in the name of Slender Man. And that makes him all too real for those who have felt the lasting effects of his awful powers.
We actually have a few different IT Chapter 2 designs featured on our site, but I think this particular Pennywise design is the scariest. I’ve always been a fan of the IT series, and I think this playmat art really raises the scare factor with its mix of colors and its sinister look. If you have yet to see any of the IT movies, especially IT Chapter 2, I recommend you get on it. There’s no better time of the year to have the wits scared out of you than now...Halloween!
As always, I would like to hear from you and get your thoughts. Which, if any, of these designs did you find to be the most creepy? Leave me a message in the comments. Also, if none of these designs met your scary standards, check out the other playmat designs we have featured on our site, and be sure to list them below.
Thanks for joining me in this blog and I hope that you will join me again in another spooky post as we near closer to Halloween!
Until we meet again,
Vince the Prince