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6 Scary Halloween Colors and What They Mean

Wondering what the Halloween colors are? Here’re some traditional and not-so-obvious colors for Halloween!

When picking your Halloween decoration, your first thought will be to go for the most traditional colors, like black and orange — the so-called scary colors of this mystical holiday.

However, we’re here today to help you expand your Halloween color palette and show you some colors you might not have considered yet. Ready for the scariest holiday in the year?

6 Halloween Colors Explained

Here’re the six scary colors for Halloween:


Orange pumpkins during Halloween
Orange is one of the Halloween colors

Of all Halloween colors, orange is the most obvious one. This uplifting and warm fall color represents the season, the autumn.

It’s the color of pumpkins, harvest festivals, vegetables, fall foliage, and candle flames. Most importantly, orange represents fire, which is a meaning that goes back to the origins of this holiday.

Irish immigrants brought Halloween to America, which originated from the Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

And that’s the main meaning of orange in Halloween: the light in the darkness.

Halloween orange hex code: #F58025

Halloween orange:

  • The most common pumpkin color
  • Jack-o-lanterns
  • Bonfires and candles
  • Repel ghosts
  • Bounty of the fall season
  • Fall foliage


Black cat next to orange pumpkin on Halloween
Black is a powerful Halloween color

Together with orange, black is one of the most powerful colors of Halloween.

While orange stands for the warmth and light in the darkness, black stands for the darkness itself.

The color of death, black, is associated with the dark of night and shadows where evil spirits reside and spooky things happen.

On top of that, black represents the cold of winter and the following season.

In other words, these Halloween colors together create the fall-winter connection this day embodies, making it almost forbidden to wear an orange and black outfit outside of October. (You might get away with it in November, though.)

Halloween black hex code: #000000

Halloween black:

  • Black cats
  • Spiders, bats
  • Grim Reaper
  • Dark night and shadows
  • Cold and winter
  • Witches and vampires
  • Evil


Orange pumpkin on purple background
Purple makes Halloween a bit less scary for children!

Although not so obvious like the previous colors, purple is often incorporated in most Halloween palettes.

It’s not clear how the color purple became a Halloween color. However, many believe the reason is tied to its rarity in the natural world. There are relatively few purple things in nature.

Others believe the introduction of purple comes from its apparent association with the supernatural, witchcraft, intuition (crown chakra, anyone?), and magic. And others because it’s a Halloween color that’s less frightening to children.

As a matter of fact, you’ll find many cartoon villains that are colored purple (and green) to tone down their scary elements for the little ones.

Halloween purple hex code: #BF00FF

Halloween purple:

  • Magic and witchcraft
  • Witches and wizards
  • Monsters and fairies
  • Supernatural


Witch with green skin
Green is not an obvious color for Halloween

Even though many shades of green are considered healing colors, some hues symbolize sickness and are used in supernatural creatures, zombies, witches’ skin, and evil monsters.

Green isn’t a traditional Halloween color, though. Some believe it was introduced into this holiday filled with scary colors to tone down the fright and make it more approachable by children, just like purple. (Oh, they’re complementary colors. Coincidence? We don’t think so.)

Halloween green hex code: #00FF00

Halloween green:

  • Monsters and supernatural creatures
  • Allies and goblins
  • Slime and glow-in-the-dark objects
  • Witches’ skin
  • Witches’ potions
  • Frankenstein
  • Zombies


Red is a scary color for Halloween
Red is a scary color for Halloween!

Such a scary color, red represents blood and fear. It’s the danger brought by evil monsters and ghosts. Also, it’s the Devil’s favorite color. After all, the hell itself is bright red.

Beyond that, red stands together with orange when it comes to warmth and fire. It’s a color used to give energy and represent any seasonal fall and Halloween color palette.

Halloween red hex code: #D92121

Halloween red:

  • Blood
  • Danger and aggressiveness
  • Passion and anger
  • Devil and demons
  • Hellfire
  • Fall foliage


White is a scary color of Halloween

A not-so-obvious Halloween color, white symbolizes the undead and all spirits that linger in this world.

For instance, white is the color of ghosts, mummies’ bandages, and an eerie fog where you can’t see who is coming in your direction.

Also, white is the color of corpses and skeletons that arise from their grave in the dark night.

Not only that but white represents scary clowns, as well as werewolf’s and vampire’s teeth. Boo!

Halloween white hex code: #F8F8FF

Halloween white:

  • Ghosts and mummies
  • Fog
  • Gravestones
  • The skin of a corpse
  • Clowns
  • The cold moon on a dark night
  • Bones and skeletons
  • Werewolf’s and vampire’ teeth

Wrapping Up on the Halloween Colors

We can imagine not all of these colors for Halloween are so obvious. Still, their goal is to remind us of this fun holiday’s eerie and scary side and tone it down a bit for children.

You might want to stick to the hues above for your Halloween color scheme so that you can evoke the spirit of this season.

After all, you can’t use all rainbow colors for Halloween, can you?

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