DIY The Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Decorations

If you’re a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, you’re going to love all these do it yourself Halloween decoration ideas.

I’m so excited about the adorable Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween decor that I made this year. They were fun crafts and pretty easy to make, as well. I used a teal pumpkin because we participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, which, if you aren’t aware of, is the way to show you are an allergy-friendly house. This gives children with severe allergies a fun way to still participate in Halloween fun without the fear of having an allergic reaction to any treats. Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkins

So I got a few things from the Halloween section from Oriental Trading like the teal pumpkin, some fadeless black paper, and glow in the dark paint. I also picked up one of their treasure chests grab bags to hand out to the allergy-friendly children. I also picked up white and black craft pumpkins and some paint to paint my pumpkins into Jack Skellington and Sally.

I painted Sally’s face onto it with the teal pumpkin and used the red yarn for her hair. I also made a separate pumpkin to look like her dress because she is one of my all-time Disney / Tim Burton characters. I simply painted Jack’s face and stem with black paint to look like a skeleton head for the white pumpkin.  The black pumpkin I painted to look like Jack’s suit using white paint!The Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Decor

For the Oogie Boogie’s silhouette in the window, I created a fun moon that I can hang like a wreath. You can find the cut files to make Oogie Boogie here. He is the perfect addition to my Nightmare Before Christmas decor. He looks great with Jack and Sally pumpkins.  I love that they are all made of great materials that I can pack away and use again year after year.

I like to display my NBC pumpkins in layers with the body sections on the ground, and the heads elevated.

Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Decorations

There is also a scary light up tree that looks like the haunted forest ones. If you hang them with little skeletons, it will be like the hanging tree from the movie.

I think next year, I’ll create a cute little Zero out of an old sheet. That will make this project just perfect. For now, I’ll break out my Sally costume again this year at Walt Disney World.

I love The Nightmare Before Christmas because there are so many characters to choose from, and there is no harm in leaving them up until Christmas if you’re “that” kind of fan like I am.

Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkins
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Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkins

Create fun Nightmare before Christmas pumpkins with cheap craft pumpkins.
Active Time30 minutes


  • Paint Brushes



Sally Head Pumpkin

  • Paint Eyes, Stitches, and a mouth on a teal pumpkin. 
  • Create a wig by winding the yarn up at twelve inches long. Secure it in the center with a smaller piece of yarn. Place around the stem of the pumpkin. 

Sally Dress Pumpkin

  • Using a Black Sharpie, draw patches onto a teal pumpkin. 
  • Paint some of the patches purple and yellow. Make sure to leave some of the patches teal. Allow to dry completely. 
  • Using the black Sharpie, draw swirls dots and line on some of the patches. It's ok if they look like wavy lines, they are supposed to be 

Jack Skellington Head Pumpkin

  • Paint black eyes and smile on a white pumpkin. 
  • Paint the stem black. 

Jack Skellington Suit Pumpkin

  • Using a pencil, sketch Jack's suit and bowtie onto the pumpkin. 
  • Using white paint, create a wide triangle as Jack's chest. Make sure not to paint hit bowtie. 
  • Add lines for the collar and pinstripes for the rest of his suit. 

I was provided with the supplies to make these cute crafts from Oriental Trading.

Meghan Cooper
Meghan Cooper
Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.


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