October is approaching, and with it comes a plethora of art challenges on Instagram. These challenges are not just opportunities to hone your skills but also fantastic platforms for exposure and interaction with a community of like-minded artists. Below is a curated list of Instagram Art Challenges This October 2023 that you can partake in.
Critters Get Spooky
The Critters Get Spooky challenge invites you to create art related to weekly themes from October 2-31. Make sure to tag all the hosts and use the hashtag #CrittersGetSpooky for your creations to be found and shared.
doodlebymeg hosts Doodleween 23. Participate by creating art inspired by the daily prompts and tagging @doodlebymeg so your posts can be shared in their story. A color palette and inspirational images is provided for use, though it’s optional. Go to the original challenge post here to get the inspiration images and colors.
Doodlewash October 2023 Art Challenge
The Doodlewash October 2023 Art Challenge is hosted by doodlewashed and is open to anyone interested in drawing or watercolor painting. Use #doodlewashOctober2023 and, if using watercolor, add the #WorldWatercolorGroup hashtag.
For those looking to reflect and grow, lauraklinke_art hosts Growtober 2023. The task is to create something related to the theme each day in October. Draw, paint, take pictures, make reels, write, digital or analog – whatever! You should do what you love and you can always take a break, because drawing every day should not put you under pressure. Use the hashtag #growtober23 and tag the host to have your entries seen and shared.
Haute and Haunted
Create your own interpretation of the prompts anytime during the listed time frame, starting October 1st. Join in for every prompt, or drop in and choose your favorite!
1-5: potions + perfume
6-12: bewitching babes
13-18: gourdgeous glam
19-25: moonlight magic
26-31: drop-dead disco
🌙 Use any medium or style and share your work to Instagram using the hashtag #hauteandhaunted2023
🎃 Make sure to add the prompt list as your second image and tag @itsadiscoday and @x_and_co so they can find and share your work. The best way for them to see your entries is to use the hashtag in your caption and tag us in the photo!
💫 Complete all 5 prompts or just drop in when you want to!
Holliween’s Drawlloween! 2023
Participate in the 4th annual Holliween’s Drawlloween! 2023 hosted by holliroseart. This every other day creative spooky challenge begins October 1st. Include the hashtag #holliweensdrawlloween in your posts.
Horrid Realm challenge is hosted by horridrealm and challenges you to create in what ever medium you choose such as drawings, writing, or music. Use #horridrealm and tag the host to be seen and get a discount on your next order.
Mystictober Art Challenge
Participate the Mystictober Art Challenge to create original art inspired by each weekly prompt. Hosted by @umi_art.shop
✨ Create an original art inspired by each weekly prompt. You can do as many prompts as you like. You may join them for all of them, or even just one! Let your creativity go wild!
✨ Use the hashtag #MystictoberArtChallenge and please tag all the hosts so they can see and share your work.
✨ You can use any medium, including but not limited to; digital, traditional and/or crafts. No tracing. No ai.
✨ Use one of our challenge covers on the last slide.
Once Upon a Haunted Forest
🎃 𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭, 𝘩𝘢𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 ✨
🎃 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘶𝘮! 🌷
🎃 𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘱 𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘴, 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘺 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺! 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦’𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 🪦🌷
whoisrico hosts Pouchtober. Participate by drawing and using the hashtag #pouchtober2023,
Join the third-year of Spooktober hosted by byhapppyal.
For this year’s challenge, you’re encouraged to create a hand lettering or typography piece using the phrases above. not a lettering or type artist? no worries! any and all forms of creativity are welcome and encouraged, so if these phrases spark a creative idea in you, join them!
The prompts take place once every 5 or so days because Ictober is a crazy month full of lots of challenges and they want you to have enough time to create something you’re proud of. the prompts, for the most part, are common halloween classics you’ve seen on social media and elswhere, which they hope makes things easy for you and allows you to mix with other creative challenges if you’re partaking in multiple this year.
Participate in the Steam Ink challenge hosted by brandybingham. Use the hashtag #streamink2023 in your posts.
Witchtober by Ledahavasi
Ledahavasi’s Witchtober includes 16 prompts for every other day. Use the hashtag #ledatober and draw anything that inspires you.
Another Witchtober challenge is hosted by a group of witches:
Use the tag #mysticalwitchtober and remember, no AI art entries!
Witchtober by Ofcraftsandcurios
ofcraftsandcurios’ Witchtober allows any form of art from drawing to painting to even dolls or poems, embrace your creativity and express yourself. Use #occwitchtober to tag your creations.
Witchtober 2023 by elaulora
elaulora hosts Witchtober 2023. Tag the host and include the hashtag #witchtober2023.
Witchtober 2023 by Theartstorecny
Join theartstorecny’s Witchtober2023.
🧙♀️ What’s #Witchtober2023? It’s a celebration of all things mystical and enchanting -combined with a daily drawing/art prompt- where you can create as many or as few pieces as you like. Don’t worry if you can’t do it every day—combine prompts – or make up your own- and let your imagination soar! 🌌🌙
YOU MAY WORK IN ANY MEDIUM YOU CHOOSE! Ink, Watercolor, Graphite… heck, even MIXED MEDIA if you feel frisky.
Make sure to make your post PUBLIC, and TAG US – @theartstorecny, and use the hashtags #myfavoriteartstore and #Witchtober2023 so that they, and your fellow participants, can discover your incredible creations on Instagram!
🏆 And the best part? You could WIN PRIZES and have your magical art featured on our social media accounts! 🌟🖼️
Let your inner artist shine through in your art this October. Join us, embrace the enchantment, and let’s make this #Witchtober2023 truly spellbinding! 🧙♂️🔮🌟
Tips for Successful Completion
- Plan Ahead: Set aside specific time daily for the challenge.
- Be Realistic: It’s okay to skip prompts or combine them.
- Use the Right Hashtags: Ensure your artwork is visible by using the correct hashtags.
- Engage with the Community: Comment, like, and share other artists’ works.
- Enjoy the Process: Most importantly, have fun creating and exploring different themes and styles.
Time Management Ideas
- Create a schedule that allocates specific time for your art.
- Consider working on pieces in advance.
- Prioritize prompts that resonate with you more.
Benefits of Participating
- Skill Improvement: Practice and enhance your artistic skills.
- Exposure: Gain visibility and potentially increase your followers
The Instagram Art Challenges of October 2023 stand as a remarkable testament to the boundless creativity and innovation of artists worldwide. These exhilarating challenges not only showcased a stunning array of artistic talents but also provided a collaborative platform for artists and enthusiasts to connect, inspire, and be inspired. The challenges leave a mesmerizing imprint on the global artistic landscape.