Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to embrace the spooky spirit than by decorating a Beetlejuice Halloween Tree? Inspired by Tim Burton’s classic film, Beetlejuice, this whimsical tree is sure to be the focal point of your Halloween décor.
This Beetlejuice Halloween tree is the perfect balance between eerie and classy.
The black and white scheme with pops of lime green and purple can be both sophisticated and haunting.
And adds to the Beetlejuice party theme without being too literal.
The result is a stylish focal point that adds a touch of whimsical elegance to your Halloween party.
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- Black Christmas tree* – Mine has white lights but purple, green or orange ones would work.
- 3 or 4 white feather boas* – We’ll use these to give the impression of black and white stripes on the tree.
- 1 roll of lime green mesh ribbon*
- 4″ paper lanterns in black*, white*, purple* and lime green* – I used these instead of traditional ornaments, and hung the larger-sized ones from the ceiling to add to my party decr. But you could use regular round Christmas ornaments if you prefer.
- Our printable DIY Beetlejuice ornaments (available for free if you sign up for our Resource Library)
- 2 pairs of black and white stockings* – we’ll use these to make the sand worms.
- 4 pool noodles or pillow stuffing – these are also for the sand worms.
- 4 zip ties
- Handbook for the recently deceased* – to use as the tree topper.
- Black and white striped tree skirt*
You can use a white Christmas tree instead of a black on if you prefer.
In this case, substitute black feather boas for the white ones.
All the other decorations can remain the same.
1 | Put up your tree
To recreate the quirky and eerie atmosphere of Beetlejuice, start by putting up a black Christmas tree.
This will serve as the perfect canvas for our Beetlejuice-inspired decorations.
The black branches give an otherworldly feel and will make the additional decorations stand out.
2 | Add feathery stripes
We’ll begin by adding “stripes” using white feather boas.
String the boas around the tree between the branches, leaving open black branches in between.
3 | Wrap mesh ribbon
Now, let’s add some color!
Tie lime green mesh ribbon to a branch at the top of the tree.
Wrap it around the tree going down on an angle.
Pouf the ribbon out so it sticks out a little beyond the branches.
Then push the ribbon into the tree and wrap a branch around it to keep it in place.
Keep going around the tree this way until you get to the bottom.
4 | Hang paper lanterns
You can’t have a tree without some ornaments.
But instead of regular Christmas tree ornaments, I used small white, purple and lime green paper lanterns.
They came as part of a package that I used as other decorations for my Beetlejuice party. So they didn’t cost me any extra money.
I like the texture they add to the tree. And the colors are perfect for the Beetlejuice theme.
5 | Add DIY Beetlejuice ornaments
No Beetlejuice tree is complete without some themed ornaments.
So I created some easy, inexpensive ones with the most common Beetlejuice sayings on them.
And put them up on the tree, too.
For more details, read the step-by-step instructions on how to make our DIY Beetlejuice ornaments.
6 | Create Sandworms
One of the most memorable creatures from Beetlejuice is the sandworm.
So I wanted to add some black and white striped “worms” to mimic them.
To make them, cut the legs off black and white stockings.
Insert pool noodles or pillow stuffing into them.
Cut the pool noodle so it is a little shorter than the length of the stocking.
Then use zip ties to close the end of the stockings.
7 | Add the sandworms to the tree
Position your sandworms creatively among the branches.
Stick both ends of each worm into the tree while allowing the body to stick out past the end of the branches.
This makes them appear as if they are slithering in and out of the tree.
8 | Put up the ultimate tree topper
For a Beetlejuice-themed tree topper, I used a replica of the “Handbook for the Recently Deceased”.
This quirky addition is the perfect nod to the film.
To make it stay, I rested it on top of a couple of branches at the top of the tree and leaned the back up on the stem.
9 | Lay down a striped tree skirt
To complete the Beetlejuice theme, lay down a black and white striped tree skirt at the base of your tree.
It will cover the stand and add to the color theme at the same time.
The finished tree
And that’s it! Your Beetlejuice Halloween Tree is complete.
This show-stopping decoration is sure to be the talk of your Halloween party, so get ready to receive plenty of compliments on your spooktacular creation!
Other Beetlejuice decorations you might like
Or read all about our Beetlejuice themed Halloween party.