A diffuser bottle with diffuser reeds surrounded by pumpkins and spices A diffuser bottle with diffuser reeds surrounded by pumpkins and spices


Spooky season is just around the corner, and it's time to bring out the decorations, costumes, and treats to ring in the Halloween spirit. Your social life may be filled with costume parties, scary movie nights, pumpkin carving and baking sweet treats with loved ones. While the costumes, decorations, chocolates, and candies are all necessities to this autumn holiday, you can make Halloween extra special this year with spicy, earthy, sweet, and fruity essential oils. Continue reading to discover the best Halloween essential oils, along with tips for blending and using the season's most festive aromas.




Halloween and other autumn holidays are associated with the crispness of cool breezes, the embrace of snug sweaters, the warmth of crackling fireplaces, the allure of sweet delicacies, and the mysterious ambiance of haunted forests. To truly capture the essence of this festive Halloween atmosphere, you will want to choose essential oils that are sweet, earthy, warm, and spicy in aroma. To help you identify the different aroma profiles, we've provided examples of essential oils corresponding to each aromatic category.

Sweet Essential Oils - Oils that possess a sweeter scent profile are reminiscent of Halloween candies and baked goods that are abundant during the spooky time of year. These luscious scents add the "treat" element to trick or treating, pairing best with spicy, oriental, woody, and earthy aromas to craft intricate and unique blends that set a delightful ambiance for Halloween and other fall festivities. Sweet essential oils include Lemon, Orange Sweet, Tangerine, Mandarin, Grapefruit, and Vanilla.

Earthy Essential Oils - Essential oils imbued earthy tones are rich, complex, and provide a grounding effect in aromatherapy. When blending Halloween-inspired essential oils, the heady and herbaceous nature of earthy oils add the necessary "dark" element that perfectly balance sweet and spicy oils. The results are audacious, enigmatic, and eerily enchanting, making it quintessential for Halloween. The prime earthy essential oils for Halloween include Patchouli, Vetiver, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang.

Spicy Essential Oils – A Halloween essential oil blend is incomplete without the inclusion spice oils. Aromas that are reminiscent of actual spices add the comforting warmth associated with the cozy season. Spice oils meld beautifully with fruity and citrusy oils, providing a unique flair to aromas such as Orange Sweet and Mandarin. Try a few drops of Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Ginger, Nutmeg, and Black Pepper Essential Oils in your Halloween blend.


Bottle of essential oil with pumpkins and sunflowers





Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil – A quintessential in fall scents and festive holiday blends, Cinnamon Bark was historically used for embracing the spirits. Today, this spice oil's warming and revitalizing properties are perfect for diffusing on the spooky days leading up to Halloween.

Frankincense Essential Oil – Frankincense is known for its deep, woody aroma intertwined with spicy undertones and subtle fruity notes. Although Frankincense is traditionally associated with Christmas as one of the gifts of the three kings, its rich, oriental aroma and astringent properties make it ideal for Halloween and other fall-inspired blends.


Frankincense Boswellia Serrata Essential Oil

Frankincense Boswellia Serrata Essential Oil


Myrrh Essential Oil – With its earthy essence tinged with spicy notes and a hint of balsamic richness, Myrrh is a great addition to your fall essential oil collection.

Cedarwood Essential Oil – Cedarwood's soft, grounding, warm, and comforting aroma is believed to possess a spiritual effect that brings people together, making it perfect for Halloween and other festive gatherings. Its harmonious blend of woody and sweet undertones complements both fruity and spicy oils, creating an effect that is reminiscent of deep, spooky woods.

Cypress Essential Oil – Cypress has a multifaceted aroma that is woody, smoky, and dry or green and earthy in scent, making it a calming and invigorating oil. 

Sweet Orange Essential Oil – Radiating a delightful, citrusy essence, its vibrant and zesty aroma serves as the perfect note for Halloween night.


Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Sweet Orange Essential Oil


Patchouli Essential Oil – Diffuse Patchouli throughout your home to reap its grounding and calming properties. Patchouli's deep earthy aroma blends harmoniously with sweet and spicy oils for crafting an intricate and eerily enchanting Halloween essential oil blend.

Pine Essential Oil – While Pine is predominantly associated with Christmas blends, it can accentuate Halloween beautifully when synergized with other oils. Its clarifying, uplifting, and invigorating aroma is reminiscent of the deep woods, making it a refreshing yet mysterious choice for Halloween.


Bottle of essential oil in front of an orange pumpkin wreath





Need some ideas on how to blend the best Halloween essential oils? Discover our picks of sweet, spicy, woodsy, and mysterious essential oil blends that will invigorate your senses and elevate your Halloween experience.

Trick-or-Treat (source: oneessentialcommunity)

Welcome the trick-or-treaters this year with a blend that is sweet, citrusy, and woody.

FrankinFruit (source: oneessentialcommunity)

Unleash your inner Frankenstein with this luscious blend of Frankincense and juicy citrus oils.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Inspired by the seasonal drink, this blend is a scrumptious treat for your skin. Your senses will be delighted by invigorating coffee oil, comforting spice oils, and a touch of brilliant citrus.

Haunted House

This blend of essential oils captures the true spirit of Halloween. Perfect for costume parties and trick-or-treating.


Make your space extra spooky with this mysterious blend of spices, fruit, and coffee oils.

Flannel Diffuser Blend (source: Gya Labs)

Reading by the Fire Diffuser Blend

Indulge in one of the greatest pleasures of the autumn season with this woody and citrusy blend.

Morning Fog Diffuser Blend (source: Amber Clemons)

Corn Maze Diffuser Blend

Spooky Woods




The simplest way to use Halloween essential oils is to diffuse them throughout the home. Whether you choose one or a blend of the oils mentioned above, utilizing a diffuser can add a festive atmosphere to any room while also allowing you and your loved ones to reap the aromatherapy benefits of each individual oil.

Another unique way to embrace Halloween-inspired aromas is to apply them to your seasonal DIY projects. If you and your family like to get crafty in autumn, you can add a small amount of oil(s) to your crafts and seasonal decorations. Apply one drop of oil of your choice to cornucopias, wreaths, centrepieces, pumpkin, and spider décor for an experience that will engage all the senses. Aromas last between 2-3 hours.




All New Directions Aromatics Essential Oils are for external use only. They should not be ingested and should not be stored within the reach of children, in case of accidental ingestion. As with essential and carrier oils, a patch test should be conducted on the inner arm or another generally insensitive area of skin, using a dime-size amount of the specified oil to check for sensitivities. An absence of an allergic response within 48 hours suggests that the oil is safe to use.

The topical application of most carrier oils is generally known to be safe with responsible use, but irritations, allergies, rashes, and other side effects are possible. In the chance of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

Essential or carrier oils must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.

IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.

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