Kick Off The Holidays With A Halloween Tree Tradition

The holidays are upon us. Hopefully, that small sentence isn’t a terrifying one. In theory “the holidays” are the best time of the year. We connect with friends and loved ones and celebrate the seasons and the holidays. Usually, there are traditions surrounding food and activities, and these traditions, over time, build out our family legacies and memories. Sometimes traditions are remembered because of the foibles. No one forgets the Thanksgiving turkey was resting on the counter one minute, but on the floor eaten by the dog the next. Everyone still remembers the time the chimney flue was supposedly open, but it wasn’t, and Christmas Eve got smoked out. We laugh and groan when we see the photo of mom cleaning up a giant mess of champagne and broken glass when the bottom of the tray fell out thirty seconds before midnight on New Year’s Eve. Though they aren’t always the memories or traditions we try to establish, the hiccups enhance the real traditions. 

Many times traditions start small. They have to, otherwise, recreating them year after year feels like a chore, not a joy. Traditions sometimes start as an accident or an afterthought and then become an established piece of important tradition year after year. We are always thinking up ways to incorporate Christmas ornaments into other holidays, and we think we’ve got a great new tradition to get the holiday season started: a Halloween tree. 

It Looks Like a Skeleton

Now, of course, a Halloween tree can look nothing like a traditional Christmas tree. It can’t be green, nor can it be full of life. We recommend a dark, lifeless, somewhat spooky skeleton of a tree. A table-top-sized tree works great, bonus points if it’s black. Lights are optional. Halloween lights are usually a strand of solid orange or purple-colored, but a strand of green or black lights would also look spooktacular. 

Let’s Get Decorating

If you opt-in for lights, consider adding some spider web detailing to the spindly branches. Then comes our favorite part: Halloween ornaments. They could be themed. Bats and cats could fill the tree with two creatures that play a spooky role on Halloween. Skulls and bones could make another frightful theme. The dancing skeleton and top-hat skull, along with the jolly roger, skull and crossbones, sugar skull, and day of the dead skull. You could get very witchy and pick the masked witch jack-o-lantern, the witch hat, and the witch's shoe for a witch-filled tree. Going for a mix would be very enchanting, and if you can’t decide, we’ve made it easy for you with our Halloween-themed mini-assortment ornament set.

Create A Village

Another Halloween tradition we love to incorporate with a dark Halloween tree is the Ginger Boo! Halloween cottages. These fear-inspiring cottages stand-alone, but look great grouped together. The haunted mansion, creepy cemetery, and witches’ convention will enhance all Halloween table-top decor. Though they’re eerie, these Ginger Cottages still light from within…if you dare. Paired with some stringy spider webs your Halloween village will spook and delight. 

Halloween is one candy-filled night that kicks off “the holidays”. Whether you’re a purist who celebrates one holiday at a time or a rebel who cues the Christmas tunes on November 1st, however you celebrate the season, consider a new tradition of decorating a Halloween tree this year.

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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