Halloween Tie Dye: 7+ Easy Ideas and Designs
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Get ready for Halloween with fun tie dye shirts! You can make Halloween tie dye shirts using basic techniques and supplies that are perfect for the whole family! Spooky spirals, pumpkins, skeleton faces and more Halloween tie dye patterns are made EASY with a blank shirts, dye, and a little creativity!
Tie dye is one of my favorite activities to do with my kids, and it gets more fun at the Halloween! My kids enjoy coming up with new tie dye shirts that they can wear to school parties or trick-or-treat.
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Using my popular tie dye pattern ideas, I designed several Halloween tie dye designs that you can make, too! These shirts can be made with basic patterns, so they are perfect for parties that include kids or beginners.
These tie dye shirts get even more spooky with the addition of heat transfer vinyl (HTV) that you can cut on your Cricut machine, or with tie dying colored shirts!.
Halloween Tie Dye Shirt Supplies
If you’re new to tie dye, you will need a few basic supplies. You can definitely go out and grab a Tie Dye Kit from Amazon or another retailer, but you will get the best results with the following supplies:
- Cotton or Natural Fabric Shirt (or other blank fabric items)
- Fiber Reactive Dye
- Soda Ash
- Rubber Bands or String
- Squeeze Bottles
- Urea (helps dissolve dye and retain moisture)
- Wire Rack
- Metal Sheet Pan
- Plastic Sheet to cover work surface
- Ziploc Gallon Storage Bags or Plastic Wrap
Keep in mind that all of the shirts that I made for this post used professional fiber reactive dye. Results may vary depending on the dye you use!
Common fabric dye works best with cotton or natural fabric (like rayon, hemp, etc.) Polyester fabrics will not work with standard tie dye kits or fiber reactive powder dyes.
How to Make Halloween Tie Dye Shirts
No matter what pattern you will make, the basics of tie dye remain the same.
- First, prep your shirt with water or soda ash as directed in the dye instructions.
- Then create the design for your shirt by folding and tying it into sections with rubber bands or string.
- Apply the dye and let sit in a plastic bag for a minimum of a few hours or up to 24 hours to develop.
- Then you will rinse, unfold, and wash your tie die shirt in the washing machine to reveal your beautiful pattern!
You can create different patterns by folding, twisting, and tying your shirt in different ways. Where you have folded and tied the shirt will create areas of the shirt that will resist the dye you apply and stay white.
The white space, different colors, how much dye you add, and where you place rubber bands all are factors that determine how your particular design will turn out.
Halloween Tie Dye Designs
All of these Halloween shirts use basic tie dye designs. Even if you are a beginner, you will be able to make each and every one of these shirts. I love plain tie dye shirts, but Halloween designs on these shirts was the perfect addition to celebrate the spookiest day of the year!
If you need to brush up on tie dye folding techniques, click the button below for my whole tutorial.
Spiral Tie Dye Halloween Shirt
The spiral is one of the classic and easiest tie dye patterns to make. It is one of my favorites, and my kids and I make a lot of variations of the spiral tie dye!
For Halloween shirts, I decided to try different color palettes including traditional colors but also bright and fun colors!
I turned up the notch on this traditional spiral by using bright colors. I think this was my favorite one!
This spiral in basic Halloween colors is the perfect canvas to create any Halloween shirt you can imagine! I love all of the yellow because it reminds me of a bright Halloween moon.
My kids suggested these colors and this shirt definitely giving me Haunted Mansion vibes.
The Foolish Mortal SVG I used is available in the Once Upon a Theme Park shop.
Black and Orange Spiral with a Colored Shirt
If you want to make a Jack o’ Lantern shirt with NO white, try using a pre-dyed orange shirt! You can grab an orange cotton shirt at your local craft store and create a spiral with only black fabric dye.
Depending on the shirt color, you’ll get some variation in the black dye, and I think it looks pretty cool!
Pumpkin Tie Dye Shirt
If you’re looking for a Halloween tie dye shirt that is a little more creative, try a Pumpkin tie dye shirt! It’s an easy twist on the Bullseye design!
By sectioning off a large section in the middle of the shirt and dyeing it orange, you’ll reveal the perfect pumpkin.
I used two different colors for the shirts – how cute is this pink pumpkin shirt?!
I definitely recommend adding a HTV or screen printed design to the pumpkin to finish it off! The pumpkin face SVG is part of a Jack o’ Lantern SVG bundle from Creative Fabrica. The Halloween monogram SVG that you can customize with your own font and your monogram is available in my shop.
You don’t have to use a traditional pumpkin designs – be creative with other Halloween SVG files, too! This Fab-Boo-Lous design is available in my shop!
Candy Corn Tie Dye Shirt
Do you know someone that loves candy corn? Make an easy candy corn shirt using a horizontal stripe pattern!
You can refer to my Tie Dye Patterns video if you need to – it’s just folded vertically across the shirt and then banded off in 3 large sections!
Which Halloween tie dye shirt is your favorite?!
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Hi, y’all! I’m Charynn, the owner and designer of Pineapple Paper Co. I’m a mom of four kids (two girls and two boys) living in Pittsburgh. I love hand lettering, anything southern, cocktails, and of course, pineapples! I am excited to share my SVG files, printables, and craft projects with you! The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, and I welcome y’all to my little corner of the internet. Read more…