Today many cheerful colors are used for Halloween decorations. There is no longer only orange and black to create a decoration. Of course, pumpkins continue to be the favorite element in Halloween decorations. But there are also pumpkins with different colors.
And even most people DIY pumpkins and paint them in cheerful colors. Some of the colors that are used on Halloween have meaning and symbolism. Then continue reading so that you find out why the use of these colors and what they mean. In addition, you will see other colors in decorating ideas for Halloween and be inspired to create your own.
Halloween decorating ideas with cheerful colors
The celebration of Halloween has its origins many centuries ago. So there are many legends and traditions around the world. But the basic colors are definitely orange and black. But as time passes, the festivity and the decoration change with the addition of various cheerful colors.
And even each culture gives it a different touch to update it. So obviously we would have to start with the meanings and symbolisms of the basic colors while getting inspired by the different colorful images for Halloween.
When it comes to Halloween, most people immediately associate with pumpkins, costumes, and lots of candy. Obviously, it is also generally thought of only the traditional colors to decorate Halloween such as orange and black.
Meaning and symbolism of the color black on Halloween
The color black represents or is closely linked to death. The link between death and the celebration of Halloween has ancestral origins with the much-mentioned Celtic festival called Samhain. Samhain is a pagan religious festival that originates from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition.
During this time of year, large bonfires were built in the houses and allowed to go out while the harvest was gathered. The Celts believed that the barriers between the world of the living and the world of the dead are broken during Samhain. What allowed the spirits to be among the living.
Offerings were made to them and they were even invited to dinner while also having a place at the banquet table. Hence the link between death and the celebration of Halloween. Of course, over time, the color black was associated with death, which is why it is used in most Halloween decorations.
Besides that, the color black is also the color of the night, and obviously, Halloween is celebrated during the dark and mysterious night of October 31. The color black in the same way is also linked to evil, creepy and mysterious things.
It is linked to black cats because they were believed to be unlucky. Witches, spiders, bats, crows, among many more. The color black addition symbolizing death, decadence, evil, sadness, fear, negativity. It also represents power, strength, and mystery.
Color naranja en Halloween
Fire has a strong connection with Halloween. The use of fire dates back to the ancient festival of Samhain. As we mentioned, in Samhain, large bonfires were lit. Bonfires were believed to have protective powers, as well as a stark contrast to the darkness of night.
So the color orange represents fire and therefore the opposite of the color black. This color is warm, protective, and positive, while black is cold, dark, and evil. The fire is represented through the candles that are placed inside the carved pumpkins.
The color orange is also the most popular symbol in the fall season, due to the leaves of the trees that take that hue and then fall to the ground. The fall season celebrates the abundance of the harvest. And of course, we could not fail to mention that orange is the main color of pumpkins. The color orange means life, warmth, joy, happiness. It is a positive color associated with success and creativity.
The color purple on Halloween
This is a color that is linked to all things mystical, magical, and supernatural. The reason why it is associated with witches and also with wizards. Evil witches are usually depicted dressed in deep purple, which is almost always combined with black and even green.
This color in ancient times was used to dye the clothes of very powerful and important people. In fact, in Roman times, only the emperor could fully dress in this color. So in addition to representing mysterious, magical, and supernatural things. It also represents royalty, power, and luxury.
The color green on Halloween
Green is one of the bright, joyful colors found throughout nature. But just as it can be a cheerful color, it can also be disturbing and unnatural. The color green is also used to represent creepy and terrifying things.
The color green is linked to many, many Halloween monsters. In general, if we think of Halloween monsters, the image of Frankenstein, which is green in color, automatically comes to mind. This color is also associated with aliens, zombies, goblins, trolls, and evil creatures.
Black cats with bright green eyes are also often shown. The color green naturally have positive meanings. But as for the bright and spooky greens used for Halloween decorations, symbolize greed. Just as they also symbolize jealousy, selfishness, resentment, disease, and greed.
The color red on Halloween
Just like the color orange and yellow, the color red is also seen as an autumn color. Before, the color red was used only to accentuate Halloween makeup and costumes. But today it is also used to create incredible decorations to celebrate this holiday. Red represents blood and many creatures that are in turn linked to Halloween.
Vampires, bats, and also demons are just some of the creatures associated with this color. But likewise, evil witches, wizards, and wizards were told that they could use blood in their spells and potions. The color red on Halloween symbolizes anger, power. Also danger, intensity, and even possessive passion. It also represents life and mortality.
The color white on Halloween
Generally, the color white is a positive color, associated with good and pure things. But for Halloween, it has another somewhat disturbing meaning. The color white on Halloween is linked to the souls that are not at rest and that persecute and terrify us.
It is the color of ghosts and spirits that float through the night. White is also the color of skulls, skeletons, and bones. On Halloween, the color white symbolizes emptiness, coldness, death, and mourning, and also hostility.
The teal green inside Halloween decoration
Of course, this is a practically new color in Halloween decoration. Some time ago we showed you the different colors that the pumpkins had. There is a kind of pumpkin that has this peculiar color. Pumpkins painted with this color have even been seen in many homes.
Of course, it is worth mentioning that due to the “teal pumpkin project” this has become more popular in decoration. The blue-green pumpkin project is a worldwide movement to create a much safer and happier Halloween for all children.
With this project, children with food allergies can also enjoy the traditional trick or sweets. Of course, all children look forward to Halloween night to get a large supply of candy. But not all children can enjoy that due to severe allergies to certain ingredients that can be found in treats.
Teal Pumpkin Project
As a solution to this, in 2012 a movement originated in the United States that two years later, this movement was present in some countries. Families in favor of this movement give an option to children who cannot consume sweets, giving them small toys or details.
Some of the alternatives they offer are elements with images of ghosts or witches, bracelets, whistles among many other things. The way in which it is shown that a house is in favor of this movement is to place a bluish-green pumpkin in view.
In this way, parents of children who suffer from food allergies are made aware that there they will be able to obtain something that does not harm them or put their health at risk. So at the same time, it gives them the opportunity to enjoy the celebration and the tradition of going from house to house.
Of course, the pumpkin can be of any size or material. What is really important is that it is blue or teal in color and that it is visible to everyone. If you did not know about this beautiful movement, you already know then. So for this Halloween participate and invite your family and friends to join as well.
All children have the right to enjoy, dress up and receive a present that does not put their health at risk. Another reason teal is becoming one of Halloween’s cheery colors is that it is a complementary color to orange. So when combined they work very well and highlight the festive decoration.
Other cheerful colors to decorate on Halloween
Previously we have mentioned the colors that are most used on Halloween along with their meaning and symbols. However, there are other colors that can also be used in Halloween decorations and they work very well. For example, the color yellow is warm, cheerful, and welcoming.
But a yellow that is very bright, almost fluorescent, can look great. It is usually used on posters as danger warnings in zombie-themed Halloween decorations, for example. Midnight blue is a very mystical color that is also associated with powerful wizards and sorcerers.
Arguably, like purple or purple, it shares the magical and mysterious. Another color that works great in Halloween decorations is gray. Any dark gray shade works great when paired with orange. In addition, it gives a touch of modernity that can be used both in decoration and in costumes.
So think outside the box and try a decor where you use cheerful colors alongside traditional ones. Remember that decoration does not have strict rules. In the same way, you can create a scary Halloween decoration but with a touch of joy and fun with cheerful colors.