Forget traditional red and green ornaments—people are decorating Halloween trees this year! 

By Emily VanSchmus
Updated August 05, 2020
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We strongly believe it’s never too early to decorate for Christmas, but we know some people need to get through Halloween before hauling ornament boxes and artificial trees up from the basement. If decorating your Christmas tree early has you saying “bah humbug,” the latest holiday decor trend might be right up your alley: Halloween trees are officially 'in,' and people are already putting them up.

A Halloween tree is exactly what you’d expect: A faux Christmas tree decorated in festive Halloween shades like orange and black rather than the traditional Christmas red and green. Instead of beads and ornaments, these trees are decorated with all kinds of ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. And yes, people are really making them! There are already more than 28,000 posts on Instagram tagged under #halloweentree, and the images are incredible. Based on the recent influx of tagged posts, we can conclude die-hard Halloween fans have already started decorating their Halloween trees this year. We've seen a steady increase in the number of tree displays since early summer, so we only expect to see more of them as we get closer to the spooky season. 

We’ve rounded up our favorite Halloween trees to inspire you to deck your halls with skeletons and jack-o-lanterns this year.

Who says you have to stick with the traditional orange and black color scheme this Halloween? Ditch the traditional tree and opt for a bright pink faux fir ($75, Wayfair) decorated with black and white ornaments, mini skulls, and black tinsel branches. We especially love the witches feet poking out of the top!

Not all Halloween trees are decorated with neon colors and scary skulls! We love this modern silver tree from Ella Claire & Co., complete with all kinds of black and white ribbons, of course. This tree could easily transition to Christmas in a few months—just swap out the bats, cats, and witches hats for traditional holiday ornaments.

A white faux tree ($60, The Home Depot) is an ideal backdrop for creating a sparkling winter wonderland, but if you put it out a few months early, it's also the perfect canvas for an assortment of black and orange decorations. This Halloween tree is covered in traditional ball ornaments as well as spooky signs, skulls, and miniature jack-o'-lanterns.

With faux white pumpkins, skeleton ornaments, and a large pumpkin tree topper, this Halloween tree combines the best elements of both spooky and modern decor. It's also proof that arm-knit tree skirts aren't just for Christmas trees!

We jumped on the black Christmas tree trend last year, and we have a feeling they're here to stay—especially because they can be used so easily as Halloween trees! Swap your star tree topper for something a bit spookier, like this skull attached to a large bow.

This multi-color tree would be easy to DIY; just use spray paint to create bright layers on an artificial white tree. The oversized black and white striped ornaments help tie the tree to the existing decor in this scene, proving a colorful pop of Halloween decor can work for any space.

This elaborate Halloween tree really sparkles. Create this look at home by layering black and white ornaments, ribbons, and signs on a white or silver tree. We especially love the buffalo check bows and piano-inspired ribbon on this one. If you don't have a white, silver, or neutral tree, it's worth the investment: It can be decorated for other holidays more easily than a traditional green tree that's commonly associated with Christmas.

If you want to make a bold statement this year, it may be time to invest in a black Christmas tree. It's a perfect backdrop for bright and whimsical Halloween decorations (we love the bright masks used here), but can also be transformed into a gorgeous Christmas tree display.

Whether you opt for bright, scary, or modern, it looks like a Halloween tree is definitely the way to go this year!

Comments (1)

Anonymous
October 9, 2019
I like!!!! What chaps me off, is that I just set out for trash, an extra fake tree I put up in yard last Christmas...Wixh I had seen this last Tuesday....Oh well...But such a great idea...Happy Halloween and upcoming Holidays!!