When we think of Halloween, the colors that first come to mind are predominantly pumpkin orange and midnight black. They’re the perfect combo, too. You’ll find orange in the changing of leaves from summer to fall, in pumpkins and gourds, in patches galore. Black is found where there is no light, in the darkness and mystery of omens and superstitions (black cats, witch hats, and spiders), in spooks and scares of tall tales that make Halloween one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. The warm, lightheartedness of the color orange combined with the cold, ominous promise of the color black makes for a nice contrast. It makes us feel all the things we should during this season! Going from house to house asking, “Trick or treat?” probably makes a lot more sense now. (Photo of F&B's The Duchess Courtesy The Green Elephant Photography.)
If we were to dig deeper, perhaps we would find the history of the two Halloween colors rooted in that of Celtic customs. The Celtics were one of the first groups to celebrate the holiday as the inaugural festival of the harvest. Now it may just be popular opinion (which we picked up from fellow creatives at colourlovers), but we also don’t think it’s a coincidence that they burned unbleached, pumpkin orange beeswax candles and draped ceremonial caskets in black cloth. It’s seems likely we followed tradition!
And these are only two of the Halloween colors we’ve grown fond of. Over the years, we’ve added in cosmic purples, monster greens, ghost whites and blood reds. The Halloween color palette is to each their own, so long as we keep it fun and creepy.
Enjoy! Have a happy-ghoul-lucky time!