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5 Best Creepy Plants For Halloween



Invite those eerie vibes into your home, just in time for spooky season! Explore five of the best creepy plants for Halloween.
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Spice up your Halloween decor with creepy plants like Venus Flytraps and Brain Cacti! These unique plants add an eerie touch to your home or garden.

The Venus Flytrap is a carnivorous plant that captures insects with its spiked leaves. It requires high humidity and plenty of sunlight to thrive.

The Brain Cactus and Old Man Cactus are perfect for Halloween with their bizarre appearances. They require indirect sunlight, well-draining soil, and minimal water.

Halloween is officially on the horizon, which means it’s the perfect time of year for a bit of spooky fun — including decorations, pumpkins, and sweet treats! Of course, ghosts, witches, and black cats quickly come to mind when you think of Halloween.

But, have you ever thought about adding a few creepy plants into the mix too? Decorate for the spooky season by including these plants with your typical holiday décor, or plant a few in the garden depending on your climate.

From dark and ominous to weird and eerie, discover five creepy plants to add to your home or garden for Halloween.

1. Venus Flytrap
Venus flytrap plant

If you’re looking for a lively addition, look no further than the Venus flytrap. The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is a carnivorous plant that feeds on small insects and spiders. They make the perfect addition for Halloween, taking creepy to another level since you can watch the plant in action! This type of plant has multiple leaves with hair-like spikes on either side that it uses to capture its prey. Movement triggers its leaves to snap shut and from there, the plant uses digestive enzymes to devour its prey.

Venus flytrap plants like high humidity above 50 percent and full sun to partial shade, around six hours daily. The ideal temperature range is between 70 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Plant in sphagnum or peat moss soil mixture and water weekly, ensuring the soil remains evenly moist.

To increase humidity indoors, place a tray or pan beneath your pot and fill it with an inch of water, or regularly mist around your plant.

2. Brain Cactus
brain cactus

Liven up your Halloween décor with a brain cactus! ​​​​​These quirky cacti quite literally look like a human brain, with its bumpy texture and curvy growth habit. Brain cacti (Mammillaria elongata f. cristata) thrive in full, indirect sunlight (six to eight hours daily) and warm temperatures from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid direct sunlight which may scorch or damage the plant.

Like most cacti, this plant is drought-tolerant and can survive on minimal water. Therefore, you should only water your brain cactus when the soil feels quite dry. Plant in well-draining soil, preferably using a cactus soil mix when growing in a pot as a houseplant. Ensure your container or pot has adequate drainage holes, allowing excess water to flow through after each watering.

Up the spook factor by placing your brain cactus in a skull planter alongside your other festive décor this Halloween!

3. Old Man Cactus
old man cactus

This popular houseplant is another must-have creepy cactus to add to your Halloween décor! Old man cactus (Cephalocereus senilis) grows up tall, usually 3 to 4 feet tall indoors, with multiple long white hairs that develop all over the plant. The hairs have a somewhat shaggy appearance that may even remind you of an old man’s hair (hence the name) or perhaps it reminds you of a ghost or a bunch of cobwebs!

Old man cacti like lots of sunlight (six hour or more daily) and temperatures from 65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. They can handle dry climates and periods of drought, so be careful not to over water your cactus. Water thoroughly, allowing it to drain from the bottom of the container, and then wait for the soil to completely dry out before watering again. Do a finger test if you are unsure. To do this, stick your finger into the soil a few inches deep to see if it feels dry to the touch.

4. Black Bat Flower
black bat flower

Not for the faint of heart, black bat flowers (Tacca chantrieri) simply scream Halloween! Picture ominous deep purple blooms with a truly unique shape — two bracts (leaves that look like flower petals) form above its blooms, resembling the wings of a bat, and long thin bracteoles (leaf-like structures) hang down at the bottom, appearing like whiskers. These flowers are quite the sight and will surely bring those spook-tacular vibes to your home! While bat flowers are usually more difficult to find, around Halloween they tend to pop up in gardening centers to welcome the start of the spooky season.

Bat flowers like hot and humid conditions and are hardy to growing zones 10 through 12. These tropical plants do not tolerate frost so when temperatures dip to 45 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, they must be brought inside. Most of the time, they are found growing indoors as a houseplant, with similar needs to orchids.

Choose a bright or sunny spot that receives plenty of indirect sunlight (around six hours daily), along with proper air circulation. Bat flowers love humidity, so place a humidifier nearby or mist the plant regularly to increase humidity levels. Grow in a well-draining soil mix and make sure it remains moist, watering whenever the soil feels dry. You will want to halt watering in winter when the plant is dormant.

5. Spider Plant
spider plant

Nothing says creepy and crawly more than a few spider plants. Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) get their name from the small offsets they grow, often called pups or babies, that resemble spiders. One plant will produce multiple pups on trailing stems that you can easily propagate your plant with — allowing for multiple spider plants to use as Halloween décor! When the offset is still attached to the mother plant, allow it to root in the soil. Once roots develop on the pup, trim the connection between the mother plant and pup. Alternatively, you can also trim a pup that already has visible roots and pot it in a new container. The pup should be at least two inches in diameter before re-potting.

Grow spider plants both indoors and outdoors, depending on your climate. Those with a more mild climate can grow spider plants outdoors, as long as temperatures range between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, grow spider plants indoors as a houseplant. Plant spider plants in well-draining soil and opt for a location that receives indirect sunlight for six hours daily. Water regularly, allowing the soil to dry slightly before watering the plant again.
Trick or Treat!

Halloween is a great time of year to get creative and use your imagination to decorate for the season. Think outside the box and consider adding any of these five creepy plants. One bonus is that after the holiday is over, your plants will live on for years to come. Take proper care of your plants and reuse them as décor every Halloween!

Which creepy plant is your favorite for Halloween? Do you have any of these plants already? Leave a comment down below and share!

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