Halloween is creeping nearer and nearer. It’s time to start getting ready to host the parties, celebrate with family, and hand out candy to all those adorable trick-or-treaters.
I love to decorate for Halloween, but for me it’s more than just the piles of pumpkins, cobwebs, and broomsticks. I love to create an immersive atmosphere complete with the sounds and scents of the season.
I used to fill my home with Halloween scents from toxic candles and room sprays filled with harsh chemicals. But now I know that we don’t need to use artificial fragrances to fill our homes with all the wonderful aromas of fall. I can get the same sweet and spooky scents by diffusing essential oils.
No tricks, just treats here.
I’ve got a whole bunch of fun Halloween diffuser blends to share with you that are the perfect way to add a fun, spooky atmosphere to your home.
And you’re in for a treat because I include a free printable of all the diffuser blends!
Best Essential Oils for Halloween
There are many essential oils that are perfect for evoking the spirit of Halloween. Just choose the type of mood that you want to set. Hosting a kids’ party? Then maybe choose a blend that uses sweet essential oils and smells like Halloween candy. Want your home to feel warm & cozy, then choose a mix of essential soils like cinnamon bark, clove, and ginger. Or maybe you want to have the scariest house on the block? Then choose essential oils from the spooky collection below. There’s a mix of woodsy oils that remind one of being deep inside an enchanted forest along with floral notes reminiscent of something that might be simmering in a witch’s cauldron. No matter which you choose, you’re sure to have the best smelling house for Halloween.
sweet (like Halloween candy): lemon, orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, vanilla
warm & spicy: cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, cassia, cardamom, black pepper, coffee
spooky: patchouli, vetiver, lavender, ylang ylang, cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, sandalwood, arborvitae, copaiba, spruce, fir, pine
Sweet Halloween Diffuser Blends
1. Candy Corn
You’ve got to try this one to believe it. It seems odd at first glance, but mixing lemon, orange, and wintergreen together really does smell like candy corn. It’s amazing!
2 drops lemon + 2 drops orange + 2 drops wintergreen
2. Trick or Treat
The joyful smell of walking house to house with your friends on Halloween night in your costumes, collecting way, way too much candy for any one person to eat.
3 drops copaiba + 2 drops bergamot + 1 drop grapefruit + 1 drop cedarwood
3. Cotton Candy
All the sweetness of spun sugar, without the sticky fingers or calories.
3 drops grapefruit + 3 drops ylang ylang + 2 drops vanilla
4. Friendly Ghost
Who says all ghosts have to be scary? This friendly ghost blend is all treat and no trick. It has just the right about of sweetness but also the warmth of vanilla and the freshness of spearmint.
2 drops spearmint + 2 drops lemon + 2 drops orange + 2 drops vanilla
Inspired by the famous Halloween monster, Frankenstein, this blend has a clever mash-up of a name, FRANKINcense + grapeFRUIT= Frankinfruit. But not only does it have a clever name, this essential oil blend smells fantastic!
3 drops frankincense + 3 drops grapefruit + 2 drops lime
Warm & Spicy Halloween Diffuser Blends
6. Pumpkin Spice Latte
Look no further for your perfect autumn morning blend. Put this PSL blend in your diffuser for a boost of energy plus the quintessential smell of fall.
3 drops coffee + 2 drops cinnamon bark + 1 drop clove + 1 drop ginger + 1 drop orange + 1 drop cardamom
7. Haunted House
Set the mood for a spooky evening with this warm and woodsy blend.
2 drops orange + 2 drops cedarwood + 2 drops frankincense + 1 drop ginger + 2 drops clove
Going to be up late conjuring spirits or other Halloween party games? Put this blend in the diffuser to keep everyone going all night long.
3 drops coffee + 3 drops orange + 1 drop cinnamon bark + 1 drop clove
Hosting a Halloween party? Set the tone with this Spooktacular blend of autumn scents that reminds me of warm apple cider.
1 drop frankincense + 1 drop cedarwood + 1 drop sandalwood + 1 drop ginger + 1 drop clove + 2 drops orange
Spooky Halloween Diffuser Blends
10. Hocus Pocus
There’s just something mystical about patchouli. Diffuse it and something magical is bound to happen.
2 drops frankincense + 2 drops patchouli + 3 drops orange
11. Enchanted Forest
Transport yourself deep into the magical woods where anything can happen with this blend of earthy, woodsy essential oils.
2 drops spruce + 1 drop pine + 2 drops patchouli + 2 drops lavender + 1 drop frankincense + 1 drop cedarwood
12. Black Cat
This essential oil blend aims to keep you in good fortune even if a black cat crosses your path.
2 drops black pepper + 2 drops orange + 2 drops tangerine + 1 drop cedarwood
13. Witch’s Brew
Double double toil and trouble. Welcome to the spooky side of aromatherapy!
1 drop ylang ylang + 2 drops eucalyptus + 2 drops lavender + 2 drops spearmint
How to use diffuser recipes?
- find the diffuser blend you want to try – There are 13 Halloween essential oil diffuser blends to pick from above. Find the one that suits your mood, find a new one to try, or find one that has the emotional/physical essential oil benefits you need. If you don’t have a specific essential oil, don’t worry. Either you can substitute a similar oil or try one of the other recipes. There are sure to be a few for which you have all the needed oils.
- add water to your diffuser (tip: be sure to stop filling below the little line inside your diffuser. Ultrasonic diffusers need to have space at the top so that the water can move back and forth rapidly enough to turn into the cold mist that comes out of the top of the diffuser. If you fill the water level too high, then you won’t get as much mist out of the diffuser. Less water (more space at the top) equals more mist. Too much water (little to no space at the top) equals little to no mist.)
- add the essential oils to the water (tip: the diffuser blend recipes are written for 300ml diffusers, but you can easily adjust the recipes to work for any size of diffuser. See the next section below for tips on how to adjust the recipes)
- put the cover on your diffuser
- plug in your diffuser and turn it on
How many drops of essential oil should I use in my diffuser?
These Halloween diffuser blends were created for a 300ml diffuser, but you can easily adjust the recipes to work for every size of diffuser.
150ml and smaller diffusers: cut the recipes in half so that you use 3-4 drops of essential oil
200ml-400ml diffusers: use the diffuser blends as is (5-8 drops of essential oil)
500ml and larger diffuser: double the diffuser recipes so that you use 10-15 drops of essential oil
Be Sure to Diffuse Safely
- Follow the instructions that came with your diffuser.
- A little goes a long way. Be careful not to diffuse more drops of essential oil than what’s recommended for your diffuser.
- Don’t run your diffuser constantly. Instead, choose the intermittent option if you have it on your diffuser. This will automatically run the diffuser for a few minutes and then stop diffusing for several minutes (typically 30-60 minutes on followed by 30-60 minutes off).
- Different essential oils have different safety practices. If others (humans and pets) will be in the vicinity of the diffuser, follow a couple of safe practices. 1) Be familiar with the essential oils in the diffuser blend you’re using. Are they safe for the age and health conditions of everyone in the area? 2) Make sure that humans and pets always have access to fresh air and can leave the area if they want to.
- Clean your diffuser regularly so that oil residue doesn’t build up.
More Ways to Scent Your Home for Halloween
Make a Halloween room spray
- add 1-2 tablespoons of either witch hazel OR Epsom salt to a 4 oz spray bottle
- add 20-25 drops essential oil (that’s about 3X any of the Halloween diffuser blends above)
- fill with distilled water
- shake well to mix
freshen as you vacuum
- put a few drops of your favorite essential oil (or EO combination) on a small piece of a napkin or tissue
- then vacuum it up
- The scent will be released as you vacuum, and your whole house will smell AMAZING!
Make a mini pumpkin air freshener
- hollow out a mini pumpkin
- fill it with Epsom salts
- mix in the essential oils from any of the Halloween diffuser blends above
- place in bathrooms, laundry rooms, offices, or other small spaces
Make a monster repellent to keep all those ghosts, goblins, and monsters away at bedtime
- start with a 4 oz spray bottle
- add 1-2 tablespoons of either witch hazel OR Epsom salt
- add 4 drops lavender, 3 drops vetiver, and 2 drops cedarwood
- shake well to mix
- spray in corners, under bed, in closet, etc
Find more ideas here – 15 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall
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