Halloween is upon us, and that means spooktacular stitching! If like us, you love the macabre, the creepy and the haunting then you're in the right place.


We rounded up our most frighteningly fabulous Halloween cross stitch patterns for you to try this spooky season! You'll find lots of free patterns from range of talented designers, plus a few kits you might like.

You'll find all sorts of Halloween projects from glowing skeletons to creepy pumpkins and bubbling cauldrons.

Keep on reading if you dare!

1. Halloween skeleton by Jenny Barton

First up with got this glorious glowing skeleton from Jenny Barton. Stitched in a glow-in-dark thread this one will be the perfect Halloween window decoration to give folks a fright when the lights are turned low and your stitching starts to glow!

Use your glow-in-the-dark thread to stitch this skeleton on black aida. Hem the edges, hang on a wooden dowel rod measuring 10cm (4in), and finish with cord.

Halloween cross stitch patterns from Jenny Barton

halloween cross stitch designs glow in the dark

2. Witch Halloween cross stitch pattern

This fabulously spooky cross stitch is completely free! We love this pattern with the bubbling cauldron and crescent moon details, perfect for any Halloween fans out there.

Find the witch halloween cross stitch, The Witchy Stitcher

halloween cross stitch

3. Halloween cross stitch cards by Rhona Norrie

These delightfully spooky cards by Rhona Norrie were originally published in The World of Cross Stitch issue 207. This free download contains three lovely designs, if you want the others they are available to purchase as a digital issue.

You'll need:

  • Zweigart* 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design
  • Stranded cotton as listed in the key
  • Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Purple, green and orange card

Download the free Halloween cross stitch patterns by Rhona Norrie

halloween cross stitch patterns

4. Halloween cross stitch - pumpkin

Create this sad Halloween pumpkin for free with the pattern from The Witchy Stitcher!

It will look fabulous hanging up on your wall this spooky season or even given as a Halloween gift to your favourite person who loves all things creepy.

Find the pumpkin halloween cross stitch, The Witchy Stitcher

halloween cross stitch

5. Halloween mug cosy

Eye of newt and wing of bat might be perfect for a witch’s potion, but they won’t make for a good cup of coffee! So, put away that cauldron, pop the kettle on and then invite around your nearest and dearest to share this spooktacular mug cosies alongside a selection of sweet treats. You could even brew up some pumpkin spice lattes!

We’ve transformed the finished stitching into mug hugs by mounting them onto strips of felt for a super-easy finish that won’t fray.

How to make a mug cosy:

  1. Trim your stitching to three squares and fray one block.
    Then back your stitching with medium-weight iron-on interfacing.
  2. Cut out your chosen felt colour to 25x8cm (9¾x3¼in), rounding off the corners for a smoother finish.
  3. Machine or hand sew the stitched piece centrally onto your felt.
  4. Attach a button to the front of your felt – position it on the centre of one of the short edges.
  5. Attach a loop of elastic to the back of your felt panel along the other short edge, lining it up with your button. Why not use a thin elastic hairband in a matching colour as your loop?

This Halloween mug cosy is designed by Rhona Norrie and first appeared in The World of Cross Stitch issue 298 as part of a set.

Download the Halloween mug cosy for free.

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6. Black cat Halloween cross stitch pattern

The black cat is a classic symbol is Halloween. There were superstitions surrounding black cats, that they were bad luck and owned by witches. However black cats are totally adorable and we think they deserve the spotlight all year round!

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halloween cross stitch - black cat

Halloween cross stitch kits

Mini Halloween cross stitch patterns

How adorable are these mini Halloween cross stitch patterns?! The bundle contains the whole kit to make these cute Halloween decorations, we love them so much we could have them hanging around all year round!

These are also so easy to create, so perfect for beginners.

halloween cross stitch

Halloween cross stitch patterns - various

Get this set of amazing Halloween cross stitch patterns available to purchase on Etsy. If you're craving creating a Halloween masterpiece this will certainly help!

Once you're finished you can decorate your home with them or give them to a friend.

halloween cross stitch

Matchbox Halloween cross stitch pumpkin

This adorable little kit would make the perfect spooky gift for somebody looking to get into cross stitching.

Thanks to its small size, it's super simple and quick to complete.

halloween cross stitch

Get spooky with Halloween cross stitch

Halloween is such a fun time of the year for cross stitchers what with all the spooky inspiration you'll have. From pumpkins to skeletons to spiders, what will be your next project?


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Katie Dolan
Katie DolanDigital Assistant, Gathered

Katie Dolan edits our needlework sections, focusing on our embroidery and cross stitch articles, as well as making videos for our arts and crafts projects. Katie runs her jewellery business, Ophelia Jewellery Art, on Etsy, where she sells beautiful resin-pressed flower earrings. She has a wide range of craft interests including embroidery – she particularly loves all things pop culture and a less traditional approach – The Simpsons and Rick & Morty are among her favourites to embroider. She has recently completed a silversmith workshop and hopes to expand her jewellery business with these new skills. When she’s not crafting, she’s usually fuelling her Harry Potter addiction with a Sunday film marathon and a couple of butter beers!

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