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Halloween Round-Up Part 1: Palettes & Spooky Fonts!

Photodex Halloween Round-Up Part 1

It’s here! Autumn. Pumpkins. Changing leaves…Halloween! We just love this time of year, especially the colors. It’s also the kickoff to the most festive season of the year!

Have you ever wondered where the colors that uniquely identify Halloween come from? Colors such as “pumpkin” orange and “midnight” black, both of which are pretty much the predominant colors of Halloween. It all started with the festival of the harvest, where a color of autumn is used. Which was often the color orange. Makes sense right? Naturally, orange being the most prevalent autumn tone, as it comes directly from the use of pumpkins and the changing colors in the Fall leaves. Which are observed to signify the changing of the seasons. Halloween was also once (and still is in some areas) a celebration or festival of the dead. These celebrations or festivals are usually associated with a general darkness or absence of light, as they signify the approaching of winter (darkness of winter or dark days of winter) and mainly take place at night as signified by the color black (“midnight black“).

Some examples of these festive elements that inspire the darker side of the Halloween color palette are black cats, witch hats, and candy filled cauldrons! I dare say, it’s a scream.

So…if you are working on a ProShow slideshow to showcase all your spooky/fun Halloween photos this season, then please check out our color palette & font picks below to incorporate these All Hallows’ Eve elements into your show.

Get Started with Festive Color Palettes

Color Palette #1 – Bold & Fun – Fall Basicsbold-and-cool-fall-palette

Color Palette #2 – Warm & Dark – Autumn Leaves

Color Palette #3 – Punchy & Crisp – A Festive Contrast

Color Palette #4 – Traditional – Halloween Basics

Color Palette #5 – Warm & Dark – Fall Harvest Vibes

Color Palette #6 – Warm & Rich – Earthy Tones

Color Palette #7 – Simple & Fun – Fall Celebration

Didn’t “fall” in love with the color combos listed above? Then how about selecting the color palette directly from your image?!

Try ColorPalette FX or visit Adobe’s Color Wheel and simply upload the image you wish to pull color values from and presto. Not only that but Palette FX will also provide a contrast color and a color harmony triad to accent your palette, and…. well, as to be expected the Adobe options are almost infinite. Choose from color triad, complementary palettes, shade variations to monochromatic, and more. Plus Adobe even has a library of color themes to explore. Fun! Once you have created your palette, just copy the six digit hexadecimal value and you’re all set for ProShow!

How to Choose Colors in ProShow

In ProShow, you can set custom colors for a slide background, photo border, captions and more. To enter a specific color into ProShow, click on the color wheel then enter in the HEX or RGB color code.


Accent your show with fun type… Download These Ghoulish Fonts!

No tricks… just treats! Get them free from FontSquirrel, simply click the linked type-face below:
Download the SHLOP Font From Font SquirrelDownload the Head Hunter Font From Font Squirrel
Download the Black Rose Font From Font Squirrel

*Need some help installing these lovely new type faces? Never fear FontSquirrel has this very nice how-to section, that’ll walk you through the process.

Dingbats and more fun Halloween fonts…

Download them free from Dafont, click the linked type-face below:
Download the Curse of the Zombie Font From DaFont

Download Friday the 13th Font From DaFontDownload the Wild Wood Font From DaFont

Download the Vintage Halloween Dingbats Font From DaFont


*Need some help installing these new type faces from Dafont? Visit their FAQ section, which explains the process nicely.

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Candace works as Photodex’s Art Director. Always striving to create out-of-the-box designs, that are both stunning and engaging. Special loves are Photography, Photoshop, Plotters, and Pixel Pushing.