DIY Halloween Tree Decoration Tips and Ideas for the Whole Family


Do you love Halloween? Are you one of those people who enjoy donning costumes and putting up spooky decorations both inside and outside the house? Do you look forward to giving trick-or-treaters a scare with all your cleverly designed and placed Halloween decorations?


Why Halloween tree decorations?

Decorating a Halloween tree is just as fun as dressing up a Christmas tree. And just as decorating a Christmas tree is a fun family activity, making and putting spooky decorations on a Halloween tree is a fun and exciting activity for the entire family as well.

You can brainstorm with the kids on what kind of Halloween tree decoration you should put up this year. Should you go with witches, skeletons, ghouls and goblins, vampires, zombies, or go all-out crazy and opt for all of the above?


Top Halloween Tree Decoration Tips and Ideas You Can Try with the Whole Family


Creating an Indoor Halloween Tree

Just like the Christmas tree, you can make a Halloween tree, decorate it, and place it inside the house for the kids to enjoy. But first, you’re going to need the right indoor Halloween tree. So what should you do first?

With the kids, you can explore the yard and look for the right branches that you can use to build your Halloween tree. For an indoor tree, 2-3 branches that are 2-4 feet tall should suffice. Choose the ones that resemble the form and shape of a tree.

Arrange the branches so that they will resemble a tree and hold them together using green floral tape, zip ties, or duct tape. You can trim the branches if you want, to achieve the desired shape and to remove small twigs and leaves.

Once you have the Halloween tree put together, the next step is to find the appropriate size pot. Keep in mind that you need to balance the height of your tree and the base diameter of your pot to keep the whole thing from tipping over.

Finally, you can spray paint the tree with black to match the occasion and use a plaster mix to hold the tree inside the pot. You may use rocks or dirt as well, if you don’t have a plaster mix. Now, you have a DIY Halloween tree ready for decorating.


Indoor/Outdoor Halloween Tree Decoration Ideas


1. Decorate your trees with spooky glowing eyes.

If you have a tree in your yard, you can create a pair of spooky eyes that you can hang on the tree to give trick-or-treaters and passersby a bit of a scare.

Things you’ll need:

  • A pair of scissors
  • Pencil/marker
  • White poster board
  • Fishing wire
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint

You start by drawing large eyeball shapes on the white poster board using a pencil or marker. The eyeballs can be circle, oval, or almond shapes. Carefully cut the eyeball patterns using a pair of scissors. You then draw smaller circles inside each of the eyeballs to serve as the pupil.

Next, paint both sides of the eyeballs with glow-in-the-dark paint and color the pupils with black acrylic paint. Punch a hole at the top of each eyeball and strategically hang them on the tree branches using fishing wire.


2. Turn your tree into a giant spider nest.

Nothing is scarier to an arachnophobe than a tree that’s covered in spider webs. You can transform a tree in your yard to make it look like a giant spider nest using the following materials.

  • A few bags of artificial spider webs (found at your local arts and crafts store)
  • At least half a dozen black balloons
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Large googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ladder

Carefully cover the tree exterior with artificial spider webs using a ladder. You can use a clump of cotton balls and put them somewhere on the tree so that they look like giant spider eggs. Then, blow up the black balloons to the desired size and tie them off. These will be the main body of your giant spiders.

With your black pipe cleaners, you wrap the tip around the knot of the balloon. Repeat this process eight times on each black balloon. Obviously, the pipe cleaners will serve as the eight legs of the spider so bend and twist them accordingly so that they’ll look realistic from afar. You then use the glue to attach the googly eyes to complete the giant spider. Place the giant spiders on the branches and the artificial spider web using double-sided tape.


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