Halloween Tie Dye

Learn how to make different Halloween tie dye shirts, including a pumpkin, candy corn, ghost, and bat. These patterns are to DYE for!

halloween tie dye shirts with different halloween tie dye patterns including a ghost, pumpkin, candy corn, and bat
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These tie dye shirts go beyond the simple tie dye patterns to show you can make actual shapes within tie dye. Once you get the hang of shaping and folding tie dye shapes, you can really tie dye almost anything.

And since it’s Halloween time, why not start with some fun Halloween tie dye patterns? This post just shows the set up and dyeing pattern of each shirt. But each of these dyed Halloween shirts has a full step by step tutorial to go along with it. So if you want to see every detail of each one, click in to learn more:

If you make one of the shirts, I’d absolutely love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @ab.crafty

And here are some fun and easy Halloween pathway lights you can make!

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halloween tie dye shirts with different halloween tie dye patterns including a ghost, pumpkin, candy corn, and bat

Materials to Make All the Halloween Tie Dye Shirts

All of these shirts use the same materials so if you get a tie dye kit you’ll be able to make all of them!

Free Downloadable Halloween Tie Dye Templates

Download these templates to make it easy to make all the Halloween tie dye shirts. Each template is on its own page so you can print the ones you want. Download it below or in the shop.

Scale them to the size you want and print them out to make it super easy to draw the design.

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The Basic Steps to Make the Designs

All of these Halloween tie dye shirt designs use the same technique. The basic steps are:

  1. Fold the shirt in half.
  2. Draw half of the design along the fold using the printable template.
  3. Make small folds along the outline. If the design is simply you can fold it by hand. If it’s more complicated, you’ll sew along the outline and pull carefully on the threads to create the fold. When folding you want to make sure you keep marker line straight. Bend and twist the shirt to make sure the line stays straight.
  4. Secure the fold with a rubber band or zip tie.
  5. Fold or scrunch the rest of the shirt with zip ties, keeping the shirt flat.
  6. Dye the pattern one color at a time. Wipe the area in between colors to make sure you don’t get dye where you don’t want it.
  7. Dye the rest of the shirt.
For full details on tie dyeing basics, check out my post on tie dye shirts.

 

Halloween Tie Dye Designs

Click on the names or images to jump to the set up for each Halloween shirt pattern.

Pumpkin Tie Dye Shirt

Here are the full instructions to make the pumpkin tie dye shirt.

Fold the shirt in half and draw a pumpkin outline or use the pumpkin tie dye template.

half of a pumpkin drawn on a folded white shirt as the template for a tie dye pumpkin

Sew along the outline and pull on the thread to scrunch it up. Do the same for the stem or use a clamp for the stem.

Scrunch the rest of the shirt and secure it in place.

using hands to scrunch the edges of the shirt

Dye the stem section green (it’s the right of the pink clamp in the photo). Then dye the pumpkin section orange and the rest of the shirt black. Be sure to not let the colors blend together.

finished tie dye pumpkin shirt and starting to wrap it in plastic wrap

Once rinsed you’ll have a fun pumpkin tie dye design!

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finished tie dye pumpkin shirt with a pumpkin in the middle and black tie dye edges

Ghost Tie Dye Shirt

Here are the full instructions to make the ghost tie dye shirt.

Fold the shirt in half and draw a ghost design or use the ghost tie dye template.

drawing the outline of a ghost tie dye design with a washable marker on a folded white shirt

Fold along the lines and tie the shirt. Wrap a rubber band around the eye.

white shirt folded and tied with black zip ties

Dye the eye black and leave the next section blank (I flipped the shirt over so the eye is on the right in the photo below).

Then you can either alternate colors for each section like I did or dye it all one color.

squeezing black dye onto a section of the shirt

Here’s what the finished ghost tie dye shirt looks like!

finished ghost tie dye shirt with purple and black stripes

Bat Tie Dye Shirt

Here are the full instructions to make the ghost tie dye shirt.

Fold the shirt in half and draw half of a bat design or use the bat tie dye template.

white cotton shirt folded in half with half of a bat drawn on it with blue washable marker

Sew along the outline and pull the threads to make the folds. I recommend pulling from each end so you don’t break the thread. Add a rubber band to each side of the outline.

Then fold or scrunch the rest of the shirt and tie it.

white shirt folded up in preparation for the tie dye bat

Cover the entire shirt with black dye.

squeezing black tie dye out of a bottle onto the tied up shirt

Here’s the finished bat tie dye shirt!

finished black tie dye bat shirt

Candy Corn Tie Dye Shirt

Here are the full instructions to make the ghost tie dye shirt.

Fold the shirt in half and draw half of a candy corn shape or use the candy corn tie dye template. It’s basically half of a long rounded triangle. Then draw two lines across it to mark where the different colors will go (I kept moving my lines so I have more, but the template has them marked).

drawing half a candy corn with orange washable marker on a white cotton shirt folded in half

Fold along the outline and tie it on the line. Then fold and tie the rest of the shirt.

white shirt folded and wrapped in black zip ties

Add orange to the bottom section of the triangle – it will look like it’s at an angle. Look for the line you marked and it’ll make it easier. Then add yellow up to the next line. Leave the space above the top line white.

Then dye the rest of the shirt black.

wiping the plastic wrap around the dyed candy corn tie dye shirt using a paper towel

And here’s the finished candy corn shirt! I have to admit, I think this one’s my favorite. Even though it’s the most simple of the Halloween tie dye designs, it brings a smile to my face every time I see it.

finished candy corn tie dye shirt with candy corn design in the middle and black around the edge

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