Vintage Halloween Decorations from Christmas Window Candles

Vintage Halloween Decorations from Christmas Window Candles

Last year, I brought you a super simple, last minute Halloween project that took no time at all to create- remember these creepers? Well, I’m doing it again this year with a new super simple project. This time, some Christmas window candles will get a reboot…as scary Halloween decorations or vintage Halloween decorations.

You know the kind of window candles I’m talking about, right? They are ALWAYS in the Christmas section at thrift stores.

Christmas window candles or electric window candles at the thrift store for upcycling into vintage Halloween decorations

I’m pretty sure it’s a thrift store requirement to have these Christmas window candles on their shelves. And in any number of versions (singles, triples, etc.). And there are often “candle lamps” at thrift stores, too!

Candle lamps at thrift stores for upcycling ideas for vintage Halloween decorations

With my Freaky-Friday-holiday project in mind, I gathered a handful of electric window candles for my upcycling idea. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Christmas window candles for upcycling into Halloween window decorations with hot glue and paint

Transforming the Window Candles into Spooky Halloween Decor

You won’t believe how easy it is to transform the Christmas window candles (and candle lamps) into scary Halloween decorations. First, I grabbed my hot glue gun and “enhanced” the look of melted wax near the light bulb socket.

You can practice on a stick from the backyard first, just to get your technique down.

Adding extra wax drips to the window candles with hot glue before spray painting them to be Halloween window decorations

Pro tip #1– the way you hold your window candle when adding hot glue is important, to keep it looking realistic! I found that holding the glue gun almost upside down under the candle (held at an angle) did the best job. I also angled the candle as the glue hardened to get realistic, dimensional “drips”…sometimes waving it back and forth as the glue dried. Also…depending on the number of candles you have, make sure you have a handful of glue sticks. I went through about 3 or 4 sticks for my candles.

Next, I carefully balled up some painters tape and stuck a small wad into the socket of each of my Christmas window candles. I also wrapped the end of the cord and plug. Why? Because I was going to spray paint them black and didn’t want to ruin the electrical components.

But if you don’t plan on plugging them in or they just don’t work anymore, then this probably isn’t a big deal.

Using painter's tape to cover the electric components of Christmas window candles before spray painting them black

Then, I gathered some flame bulbs from various Etsy shops- some of them worked, some of them didn’t, but that was ok! I really just liked how they looked in the daylight…and against the pitch black paint on my Christmas window candles.

Flame bulbs to put in the Halloween window decorations for spooky Halloween decor

My original plan was to just use classic orange Christmas light bulbs in my electric window candles. But these flame bulbs were SO MUCH BETTER.

Vintage Halloween Decorations from Christmas Window Candles

Finally, I was done! My vintage Halloween decorations from window candles were complete.

Scary Halloween decorations with electric window candles from the thrift store and flame bulbs

Pro tip #2– You can spray paint the electric cord on your candles black, too, but I found this to be more difficult than it’s worth. Simply wrap your cords (or part of your cords…whichever portion may be visible in your display)…with electrical tape to help them disappear!

Now I was ready to create spooky Halloween vignettes with my Christmas window candles…

Vintage Halloween decorations by upcycling the Christmas window candles from the thrift store

And nothing says spooky to me like my DIY “poison bottles” and a few faux creepy crawlies. Combined with my vintage Halloween decorations, they make for a perfectly eerie Halloween display!

Halloween window decorations that started as window candles from the thrift store with flame bulbs by Sadie Seasongoods

See? Isn’t that so simple? And a great way to reuse those Christmas window candles in a fun new way…for a totally different holiday!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for scary Halloween decorations, then you will LOVE these Halloween figurines / demon figurines, as well!

Ceramic figurines from the thrift store that are Halloween figurines and haunted objects by Sadie Seasongoods

And for a little less scary decor, these bandana pumpkins are as cute as it gets – and easy to make, too!

Bandana pumpkin or fabric pumpkin for primitive Halloween decor or primitive country decor for Halloween

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  1. I like your spooky candles much better than the plastic holiday candles that I grew up with! Visiting from Vintage Charm.

  2. Great idea for spooky candles. Didn’t you paint bird figures black one year too?

  3. OMG! This is brilliant!!! You are a very clever girl!!!

  4. These look perfectly spooky to me!! Great tips too

  5. Julia Underwood says

    Does anyone sale those vintage light bulbs anymore? If so where. Thank You.

  6. Just a super fun idea!

  7. Wow, I love it! The poison bottles really add a lot to the display, but ugh, I can’t stand spiders…not even fake ones…they really creep me out. Love the candle makeovers! Those bulbs are perfect! Pinned

  8. Great idea! I’ll have to make a trip to the thrift store soon!

  9. I stopped decorating for Halloween when we became empty nesters. These are pretty darn awesome, Sarah and have me wanting to add these on a window sill. Pinned to my Halloween Ideas Board.

  10. This is a fun make-over! Creepy!!! OOOoooOOOoooOOO (says the ghost)!!!

  11. Definitely do not look Christmasy anymore!! Cool idea!

  12. What a great way to use those old candles, especially if they’re getting a little the worse for wear! And if they’re not going to be plugged in, we could probably simulate the bulbs with some paint on chandelier bulbs. I don’t decorate much for Halloween – I do have a vintage lighted ceramic jack olantern with a kitten peeking from it that I put up – aside from that it’s mostly fall stuff. I keep saying I’m going to do more, but then I get lazy, lol

  13. Barbara Legener says

    Oh how I could use these at my annual Witches Tea. And to think I got rid of some a few years ago, darn it!

  14. You nailed this. I love this idea

  15. What an adorable Halloween project!

  16. You are so right, you do see these candles at every thrift store. I love the spooky look you gave it.

  17. Lovely “spooky candles”. amazing idea.

  18. Great use for these, Sarah! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  19. Amanda Moulton says

    These are such a cute idea, I’m a sucker for anything Halloween or fall!

  20. Love these!

  21. Wow! What a little black spray paint can do. Love your visions. 🙂

  22. Seriously, can I just live inside your brain for one day? You are so incredibly creative- these are very cool!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hahaha, be careful what you wish for- it’s a quirky, bizarre place! 😉 (and THANK YOU so very much!)

  23. This are really super cute and achievable. I enjoy how you repurpose items and your Halloween posts are incredibly well done.

  24. amberlyonferguson2017 says

    I absolutely love these! I hope you will come over and link up some of your fabulous Halloween posts at the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link Party at I am going to try to make these candles. Last year Michael’s had new replicas of these vintage bulbs and I bought some on clearance after Christmas. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you at the party!

  25. Boy is this a popular post, thought was never getting to comment, lol. Sure wish we lived closer so I could go to that market even if I didn’t win, would love to go. Nothing like that here (western CO.)
    This is a great way to use those old candles instead of for Christmas. Guess am an old fuddy duddy as I like to put those candles dressed up in our windows at the holidays.
    Leave it to you to think up a great way to make use of those window candles, they look fantastic dolled up for Halloween, especially with extra candle wax.
    Happy week

  26. Oh! They look fantastic! You did excellent work as always! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration Link Party 🙂

  27. Beautiful vignette and now I wish I hadn’t tossed my candles. The good part is now I have a reason to go to the thrift store. Those bulbs are perfect and we always enjoy the links you share each week.

  28. Your Halloween candles are adorable. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  29. I love these, Sarah! I’ve got a box of those old Christmas candles stored away. I need to dig them out and give them a Halloween makeover. Thanks for sharing such a fun idea. Pinning.

  30. My goodness, the workers at the thrift must smell smoke when you come in, since that brain of yours is always cooking and thinking. Absolutely stinking clever, how many of those Xmas lights have I passed by without thinking of Halloween, though, to be fair, with kids grown, don’t decorate like I used to. Clever little witch!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hahaha, as long as they don’t stop me from coming through the doors! 😉 Thank you so very much!

  31. These are fantastic!

  32. Rhonda Nellett says

    What a fabulous idea! My mother in law just gave me a box of those..yuck!! But now I am so excited! Thank you for sharing!! Goning to get busy! I might even glue a spider or 2 on them, thank u!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I’m almost jealous…I had SO much fun making these last year so I’m envious that you could to do it this year, LOL! Happy crafting, Rhonda- you will love them!

  33. Cheryl Attenello says

    Can I purchase 6 Halloween candles?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hi, Cheryl! I actually don’t mass produce my projects, but rather just make the ones I need for each blog post. And because this is a post from last year, they sold long ago. I’m sorry to disappoint, but I assure you that they are easy to make! Thank you for your interest- it is truly appreciated.


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