I started my nail art career in Tokyo, which I consider to be the epicenter of weird and wonderful nails. It’s not unusual to pay $75-150 for a manicure there, so there’s a lot of nail salons and a lot of creative action going on. Every now and again, you’ll see French tips or single color gel manicures, but it’s usually all about the art- the cuter the better!
Check out some of the Japanese Halloween manis from Nail Max magazine below- my personal favorite is the argyle and pumpkin (left column, 5 down). The Japanese don’t celebrate Halloween, so they’re just guessing at what’s properly “Halloweeny,” ie a lot of Japanese nailists add random candy canes to their Halloween nails. But I think they do a pretty good job in general, considering it’s a totally foreign holiday.