Unleash Your Inner Muse: Immerse Yourself in Instagram Art Challenges This October 2023

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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.

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Critters Get Spooky

Hosted by @aiida.art

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.

Doodleween 23

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 itโ€™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.

Growtober 2023

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

x_and_co and itsadiscoday host Haute and Haunted. Join them in creating chic and creepy designs all October.

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

๐ŸŒ™ Use any medium or style and share your work to Instagram using the hashtag #hauteandhaunted2023

๐ŸŽƒ 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!

๐Ÿ’ซ Complete all 5 prompts or just drop in when you want to!

Holliweenโ€™s Drawlloween! 2023

Participate in the 4th annual Holliweenโ€™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

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

Challenge Rules:
โœจ 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!
โœจ Use the hashtagย #MystictoberArtChallengeย and please tag all the hosts so they can see and share your work.
โœจ You can use any medium, including but not limited to; digital, traditional and/or crafts. No tracing. No ai.
โœจ Use one of our challenge covers on the last slide.

Once Upon a Haunted Forest

moonbound.studio@kneeleyp and @lakilarian ๐Ÿ‘ป challenge you to create your own character that will spend the month exploring a haunted forest.

โœจ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐‘๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌโœจ

๐ŸŽƒ ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต โœจ

๐ŸŽƒ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ! ๐ŸŒท

๐ŸŽƒ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ, @kneeleyp & @lakilarian ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ #ouahf2023 ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด! ๐Ÿ‘ปโœจ

๐ŸŽƒ ๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜บ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ! ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ’๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐Ÿชฆ๐ŸŒท


whoisrico hosts Pouchtober. Participate by drawing and using the hashtag #pouchtober2023,


Join the third-year of Spooktober hosted by byhapppyal.

For this yearโ€™s challenge, youโ€™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 youโ€™re proud of. the prompts, for the most part, are common halloween classics youโ€™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 youโ€™re partaking in multiple this year.

Don’t forget to tag  @byhapppyal when posting so they can see your post and use this yearโ€™s hashtag #spooktoberbyal23

Steam Ink

Participate in the Steam Ink challenge hosted by brandybingham. Use the hashtag #streamink2023 in your posts.

Witchtober by Ledahavasi

Ledahavasiโ€™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

ofcraftsandcuriosโ€™ 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 theartstorecnyโ€™s Witchtober2023.

๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ 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 dayโ€”combine prompts – or make up your own- and let your imagination soar! ๐ŸŒŒ๐ŸŒ™

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!

๐Ÿ† And the best part? You could WIN PRIZES and have your magical art featured on our social media accounts! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ

Let your inner artist shine through in your art this October. Join us, embrace the enchantment, and let’s make this #Witchtober2023 truly spellbinding! ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐ŸŒŸ

Tips for Successful Completion

  1. Plan Ahead: Set aside specific time daily for the challenge.
  2. Be Realistic: Itโ€™s okay to skip prompts or combine them.
  3. Use the Right Hashtags: Ensure your artwork is visible by using the correct hashtags.
  4. Engage with the Community: Comment, like, and share other artistsโ€™ works.
  5. 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.

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