How – To Make Halloween Planters with your Family

Halloween is just around the corner! Spend time together as a family and make your own Halloween planters! Make a goofy ghost, cute candy corn, or a funny Frankenstein! Then, plant your favorite seasonal color or try fresh and fragrant herbs! Feel like trick or treating? Why not treat your neighbors with your handmade Halloween creations? Use one of our FREE Trick or Treat Plant Tag templates and leave a sweet Halloween treat for someone special.


To get started, you will need the following supplies:

  1. Terra Cotta Pottery
  2. Matrix® Pansies
  3. Fresh Herbs like Basil, Parsley, or Cilantro
  4. Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil or Calloway’s Organic Container Potting Soil
  5. Calloway’s Premium Plant Foods
  6. White Spray Paint
  7. Kid-Friendly Craft Paint


Let’s make Halloween-themed pottery! Learn how to paint ghost, candy corn, and Frankenstein pottery for your selection of plants! First, for richer colors and easier painting, spray paint your pottery with white spray paint.

spray paint pottery

Watch the video below for tips on how to paint your Halloween planters!


How – To Make Halloween Planters with your Family



To make a goofy ghost, spray your pottery with extra coats of white paint for solid coverage. Allow it to dry completely.

ghost pottery

When your paint is dry, add eyes and a smile to give your ghost a friendly face.



mix paint to make bright green

To make a funny Frankenstein-themed planter, paint your pottery with bright green craft paint or make your own by mixing together green, yellow, and white paint.

paint pot green

Give a good coverage of paint and apply a second coat if needed. Allow the paint to dry completely and add the remaining details like the jagged hair and funny face!

frankenstein planter



candy corn pottery

To make your cute candy corn planter, work from the bottom up. Paint the lower portion of your pottery with yellow craft paint. You can free-hand it or use a ruler or tape to make a crisp line.

cute candy corn themed planter

Then, paint an orange bar above the yellow to complete the candy corn look. Once everything is dry, paint the eyes and smile to make your candy corn planter super sweet.

halloween planters

Now that your planters are painted, let’s add seasonal color or fresh herbs!




Let’s start planting! First, fill your planters with your selection of Calloway’s Premium Potting Soils.

add potting soil to planters

Try Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil! It helps your plants get the best start for healthier, continued growth. It contains water saving ingredients like Hydrogel water holding crystals, Expanded Shale and Coconut Coir for added moisture control. Additional ingredients include sphagnum peat moss, composted rice hulls, composted pine bark, earthworm castings, Dolomite lime, and trace elements. Our soil is Silicon Enriched™ to provide container plants with the same benefits as those grown in the Earth’s soil! Plus, our .2-.05-.1 professional formula contains a slow release fertilizer to help feed your plants for up to 6 months.

Planting edibles like fresh herbs? Try an organic soil like Calloway’s Organic Container Potting Soil. Our Organic Potting Soil is made from the highest quality organic ingredients, including water saving ingredients like Expanded Shale and Coco Coir for added moisture control. Additional organic ingredients include composted rice hulls, pine bark, earthworm castings, and peat moss to provide proper aeration and organic matter to the soil for rapid root growth. Plus, your plants will enjoy the beneficial ingredients like Silicon, Lime, and organic fertilizer to improve overall health and feed your plants naturally.

After the soil is added, it is time to add your plants!

plant pansies in planter

Matrix® Pansies are one of our favorites for cool season color. The striking blooms come in a wide variety of colors and many different styles like blotch or clear. They are well-known for their consistent growth and large blooms. Matrix® Pansies easily fill filowerbeds and containers with decorative mass plantings of blooms that last from the fall through the early spring. They are low-maintenance and frost tolerant to last through the cooler months.

plant basil in pottery

Cool season herbs are in stock and ready to be planted! These edible herbs provide a delicious fragrance, and you can even use them in your recipes for a healthy family meal. Fresh herbs can create a dynamic look and make for the perfect gift that keeps on giving! See what we have in stock now at our store nearest you!

After everything is planted, water in thoroughly, allowing the water to drain out of the drain hole.



decorated trick or treat plant tags

Personalize your planter with a Trick or Treat Plant Tag! We have a FREE template for you to use, available in a version that you can decorate yourself or simply print the full color tags!


trick or treat plant tag

Carefully, cut out the plant tags and attach to a small stick, like a popsicle stick, and place in the potting soil. You can also use string and tie your tag around the pottery.

tie tag onto planter

Gifting to someone special? Sign your name or write a nice note to make your gift extra special!

plant tag for halloween

For the perfect trick or treat gifting, leave your Halloween planter at their door for a sweet surprise!

gift ideas for halloween



pansy planter with trick or treat plant tag

To keep your plants bold and beautiful, give them the best food for proper nourishment. Calloway’s Premium Flower Food is great for all blooming flowers like Begonias, Cyclamen, Pansies, Petunias, Periwinkle, and more.  Our 12-4-8 specialized formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flower bloom with big, bold color!



finished halloween planters

Shop easier for your Halloween planting supplies! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your home and garden! Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, try shopping online, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

trick or treat ideas for halloween

Have a safe and happy Halloween! Share your planters with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you grow and create!