The ABCs of Halloween Design

O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild, Should waste them all.

The ABCs of Halloween Design

October is one of my favorite months of the year, and arguably one of the best for the design world. Halloween, scary movies, autumn leaves: regardless of your opinion on the pumpkin spice latte, the imagery around the fall season can’t be beat (even at ThemeKeeper HQ in Australia, where the view from the office window is more sunny springtime than fall foliage). 

In honor of the October, here’s a roundup of some of the best design assets related to fall and Halloween design this year:

A is for Apple Picking

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The classic fall pastime: venture to an apple orchard, pick several baskets of apples from the trees, go home, anxiously Google “recipes that use a lot of apples”.

B is for BOO!

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Ghost decoration by PixelSquid.

C is for Coffin

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Old Vampire’s Coffin, also by PixelSquid.

D is for Dracula

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Dracula, illustrated edition.

E is for Evil Skulls
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The ABCs of Halloween DesignA multicolor skulls design pack.

F is for Fall Foliage

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Autumn leaves.

G is for Goblin

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Lots of 3D goblin hands to choose from.

H is for Halloween Costumes

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Animals in Halloween costumes > people in Halloween costumes.

I is for It

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Easily the hottest costume of the year.

J is for Jack-o-Lantern

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These come in a series of different emotions, so you can choose how your pumpkins are feelings about being carved. (Illustrator: gnazlis)

K is for Kandy Corn

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L is for Lattes
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Probably of the pumpkin spice variety.

M is for Monsters

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A whole gaggle of monsters.

N is for Ninjas

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O is for Octoberfest

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I think Octoberfest technically starts in September, but we’ll bookmark these flyer templates for next year’s celebration.

P is for Parties

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A custom party flyer.

 Q is for the Queen of Death
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There’s also a king of bones, a scarecrow, a witch, a wizard, and more in this illustrated character set.

R is for RIP
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Headstone illustration by Glenofobiya.

S is for Skeletons
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Skeletons of the dancing, cartoon variety. (Illustrator: memoangeles)

T is for Trick-or-Treating
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This design is all treats, no tricks!

U is for Unicorns

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Unicorns would make a pretty good Halloween costume.

V is for Vampires
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Illustrator: johnny-ka.

W is for Witch

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Just a with, hanging out with her crows.

X is for X Rays

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X-rays are Halloween-related, right?

Y is for Yikes!

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As in, yikes, this zombie Photoshop action is scary. 

Z is for Zombies
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Zombies are a popular theme in movies, TV, and in illustrations.

Happy Halloween!

A version of this article was published in 2016 and has been updated for 2017.