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How to Make a Spooky DIY Halloween Tree

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If you love Christmas as much as we do, you find any excuse to put up a tree, even when it’s not Christmas. Fall is a great time to put up a small tree because you can easily transition from a spooky Halloween tree theme to a magical Christmas tree. We highly recommend a tree as part of your Halloween decorations. We promise this will impress your party guests. Here are the three steps to an easy DIY Halloween Tree.

1 – Pick a Theme

The first thing you want to do to create an amazing Halloween Christmas tree is pick out what theme you would like. Do you want a really spooky tree or do you want a happier tree? Here are some themes you should consider:

  • Scary Witch (or Hocus Pocus)
  • Colorful monster
  • Black Cat
  • Spider
  • Ghosts (happy ghosts too!)
  • Spookly jack-o-lantern
  • Day of the Dead
  • Magical Harry Potter
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Classic horror movies
  • Haunted house 
  • Glow in the Dark
  • Skeletons
  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice 2 is coming in 2024!)
  • Maleficent

2 – Select a Tree

Here’s where you need to decide which tree to use. An artificial tree is best because the real tree might not last too long. This Halloween tree will go up at the beginning of October and then hopefully transition into a Christmas Tree.

Decide what color tree you would like. You can use a green tree, a frosted tree, a white tree, or even a pink tree. Yes, there are such things as pink trees! But my favorite new trend is a black tree which is perfect for Halloween. White Christmas trees easily turn into ghost trees.

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3 – Select Your decorations

The good news is that these days the Dollar Tree or your local dollar store is full of great Halloween ornaments such as fake spider webs, skeleton ornaments, googly eyes, and even Halloween crafts you can decorate with. But keep in mind you can basically turn anything into an ornament if you add a ribbon to it. But if you need something more specific for your theme, we suggest this simple hack – purchase party decorations of the theme you are looking for and use them to decorate your entire tree. There are so many great party decoration kits on Amazon that make it really easy.

Halloween decor at dollar tree

And of course, we can’t possibly forget the lights. You can absolutely use the lights that your tree already came with. But to take it up a notch, we recommend using lights to match your theme. You can easily find orange, green, or red lights now. There are even string lights in the shape of pumpkins, ghosts, and bats.

Bonus decor tip! Go outside and get tree branches and leaves from your backyard. These are free decorations you can add inside of the tree or lay them out on the ground to create that fall look and feel. If you want a more spooky feel, spray them with black paint.

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Black and White Witch Tree

Even though Hocus Pocus 2 was coming out, we wanted to do a generic black and white tree to go with my grey and white living room. For this, we used a frosted six-foot tree.

halloween decor for living room

First, we wrapped the tree in this black and white striped wired ribbon. Then we added lots of black ball ornaments, black Halloween flowers, paper bats, and small cauldrons. All the decorations were from Dollar Tree!

To make it look like a standing witch, we used a witch hat as a tree topper and tied a broom straight across the front.

frosted halloween tree

At the bottom of the tree, we used a black plastic bag as a tree skirt and then placed pretty white candles and a large cauldron.

candles and cauldron

We finalized the look but used these witch pillow covers for each of the accent chairs.

witch throw pillow cover
tree lit at night
tree and skeleton

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Monster Theme Tree

This fantastic tree was a great addition to our porch because it was right by our front door. Trick-or-treaters could see it the second we opened the door. We got so many compliments!

tree on porch

For this fun Halloween tree, we used a plain green tree but then added all the Halloween-colored ornaments from Dollar Tree. We got skulls, lanterns, ribbons (thick and thin), and eyeballs.

mini lantern
BOO sign

The top of the tree was our favorite part. We used hot glue to attach large googly eyes onto two large pom poms. 

orange, green, and purple ribbon

Instead of doing a tree skirt, we turned it into a mini cemetery with lots of tombstones and lights. How cool does this look at night?

halloween lights
light up cemetery
orange halloween lights

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