Traditional Halloween celebrations might be changing to safer options this year, but one thing we know is that decorations are bigger and better than ever before. I mean, if you have to be cooped up in your house or neighborhood, you might as well spread some cheer by spookifying your house as much as possible. Like a 12-foot-skeleton in your yard! What better way to ensure long-lasting holiday cheer than decorating your Christmas tree early, but in a Halloween theme.
If anyone ever told you that you’re not allowed to put up holiday decorations until after Thanksgiving, here is the perfect opportunity to have that tree decked out longer than a month. From decorating pre-lit Christmas trees to actual candy corn colored trees, this fun and festive decor is sure to get even the Grinch-iest family members in the holiday spirit.
Try one of these 9 whimsical and spooky Halloween trees.
Pumpkin Pail Tree
Hazel from @Halloweenhomemaker has been all about Halloween trees for a while. “I actually have decorated a spooky-themed tree every month for the past two years and have had some kind of Halloween tree for the season for at least the past nine years,” they said over email.
“I try to have all my trees up by the beginning of each month, but time has gotten away from me. This tree I have had up since spring, and it's been decorated a few different times. The pails went up at the beginning of September along with my other decorations.”
Using the candy corn tree from Treetopia, she decked the tree out with buckets of pumpkins.
Hazel didn’t specify, but I think this means you have to fill all of the pails with Halloween candy.
Now, any takers on what happened to the crashed witch at the top of the tree? Too many glasses of spiked punch perhaps?
If you love Christmas just as much as @Marinaharris5452, you have full permission to unpack your artificial tree and decorate it with some spooky and festive decor.
Using a witch's hat as the topper of the tree really completes the festive feels.
Sweet and Spooky
Jessica Lighter of @celebrationstylist has seen a lot of great Halloween trees, but it was her daughter that inspired this one for something sweet and spooky. “... my daughter was the one that requested it,” says Lighter. “This is the Christmas tree that we always put up in her room, and I’m already trying to figure out how to make it work for Thanksgiving and then Christmas.”
“We have paper bats allll over our house so we just added some to her tree,” says Lighter. Paper bats and a witch hat topping with black and white pumpkins below made this tree the star of the home.
Personally, the warm glow of the tree and bold color scheme instantly brings me joy.
Boo to You
“We're so sad when the tree comes down after the holidays because it leaves such a sad, empty feeling with no twinkle lights around the house. So, a few years ago we realized we had a ton of 'darker'- themed ornaments [from movies such as] The Nightmare Before Christmas, Haunted Mansion." Jones said. "That sparked the idea of a Halloween tree!”
“We searched for a long time to find a black tree large enough to fill our Christmas tree spot and once we did, IT WAS ON.”
While this one isn't her main Christmas tree, it does get repurposed, “We move the black tree up into our bedroom and put white lights on it and decorate it with traditional Christmas ornaments,” she says.
An Autumnal Tree
Inspired by other Halloween trees on Instagram, Tammy of @Joyfulheartblogspot went the festive route with an autumnal tree that will feel festive even after Halloween.
“It’s been a depressing 2020, so I wanted to put the tree up early,” she said. “I love a farmhouse look, so I found a garland with wooden leaves at Michaels and cut it up to make ornaments. I wrapped the tree in burlap and created a burlap and grosgrain ribbon for the top of the tree.”
Small But Mighty
If you have an empty corner in your room that could use some love, take a note from Jen Gregor of @a.firemans.wife. She made her children’s playroom a whole lot more festive with a small punch of decor, using a cheerful Halloween tree and paper bats everywhere. The tree might be small, but she was able to pack a lot of stuff in here! “Most of the stuff was from the Dollar Tree, so it was really inexpensive to decorate,” says Gregor.
If your decor doesn't come with hooks, you can easily add toothpicks or dowels with glue or tape to easily secure the decor in the tree.
More is definitely more! Use Jenny Reimold of @jennyreimold’s "shove and stuff" method to tuck signs, pumpkins and plush toys amongst the branches.
Follow Jenny’s three rules for creating the perfect tree:
- Create a theme.
- Throw on your family's favorite spooky film.
- Welcome in fall with a Halloween tree anyone and everyone will appreciate.
Holiday enthusiasts Andrew and Dennis of @craftylumberjacks went full on Dracula with their Halloween tree this year. Their “fang-tastic” tree is just what they needed for their small apartment.
“We live in a small NY apartment and space is always an issue, so we like to repurpose a lot of our pieces we’ve used for other trees. Our skulls have been ushers, fortune tellers, and now they’re Transylvanian ghouls!” they say.
You can reuse your skulls too!! To create the perfect Dracula skull, they crafted fangs out of clay, gave them a fresh paint job and dressed them in lace and glitter.