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Halloween Decor: Fun Threads to Use to Spook & Delight

Happy Halloween…Decor, that is!

halloween decor pillow

Halloween decor is so much fun to make and display. All bets are off when it comes to embellishments, too. The more the better! Add some fun effects to your Halloween decor with thread that glows, reflects, sparkles and pops! The pillow above features several different thread types, and YES it glows, too!

Let it Glow

Sulky Glowy thread is my first choice for Halloween decor projects. There’s no better time to create glow-in-the-dark wall hangings, table runners, quilts and the like.

Some embroidery designs are even digitized specifically for glow-in-the-dark thread, such as the Halloween Glow – Jack o’ Lantern by Urban Threads pictured below. But you can certainly swap any color in any design for Glowy and you’ll love the result!

Halloween glow design

Neon Lights

40 wt. Poly Deco neon thread is a great choice for machine embroidery as well as topstitching applications on Halloween decor. If you’re into free-motion work, this thread is nice and strong and produces a shiny, bright finish.

If you’re hosting a Halloween party at home or at the office, try making a set of jar labels using Neon threads. Attach the labels (Devil Dust or Bone Powder are fun) to different sizes of jars using craft glue and fill them with different (questionable) candies or spirits.

Rayon Revelry

halloween place mat

If you’re working on a project that features embroidery with a lot of fill stitches, rayon is your best bet for good results. The spider featured above would be equally as cute with Glowy eyes, too! Conveniently, we’ve bundled the top 10 Halloween thread colors into one rayon thread pack so you’ll have all the traditional Halloween colors at your fingertips. BONUS: The thread palette comes with FREE DESIGNS, too (including that cute spider)!

Rayon thread also works great for the additional quilting that’s added to this featured place mat project. And on quilts, too! Grab our Frankie Quilt kit to try adding rayon embroidery to a lap-sized quilt that’s a cute as it is cuddly.

halloween quilt to make

Metallic Monster Mash

A little bit of metallic goes a long way! Adding a hint of glimmer to an embroidery design, such as on the buckle of the witch hat on this table runner, gives a little pop to this Halloween decor project.

Halloween Table Runner close up
Fun embroidery for the season

The bats on the pillow featured above got a little sparkle, too. Just stop and start the design when you want to switch from black to silver metallic to create this fun effect.

halloween thread for decor

Don’t you CRY

Sulky CRY thread stands for Coated Reflective Yarn. It’s particularly fun to use it for costume details and T-shirts you’ll wear out at night. But it also works for Halloween home decor, too. Embroider a large-scale design onto felt or fleece and hang it as an ornament next to your porch light so it reflects when car lights pass by.


I know you’ll have so much fun creating new Halloween decor with these fun threads in your sewing arsenal. Let me know what you make by commenting below!



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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!