Halloween Desktop Backgrounds for Mac or Windows

Add a ghoulish touch to your desktop display with Halloween wallpaper

Halloween is a favorite holiday for many, so lots of people dress up their houses in appropriately ghoulish attire. But don't stop with the house!

Outfit your computer's desktop with spooky chills and thrills. Here are some fun sites where you can download free Halloween desktop wallpaper or backgrounds. Since they are just images, all of these backgrounds should work great on Windows or Mac; just make sure you choose the right size for your specific display!

Halloween Wallpapers

Halloween wallpaper you can use on your Mac
Spooky field with Halloween Characters. Courtesy of Halloween Wallpapers Blog

The Halloween Wallpapers site contains a number of themed wallpapers that will be a hit for Halloween. The wallpapers range from Halloween owls, angels, and gothic scenes to cute pets, Victorian-era scenes, and painted and traditional ghost and goblins.

Halloween Wallpapers updates its images on a regular basis, with many of the images added in the months just preceding Halloween, so be sure and check back here before the big day for new wallpaper to use.

There are many Halloween wallpapers to choose from, and all are richly detailed, just waiting to decorate your desktop.

Spooky to Fun Halloween Wallpaper

Scary haunted house wallpaper
A classic haunted house. Courtesy of Night Rabbit

The Balance website has a very nice collection of Halloween wallpaper just ready to scare you or make you laugh. Either way, you can choose from 43 different images.

When you find an image you would like to use, be sure to click on the More link to actually visit the download sites. This step allows you to download the correctly sized image for your display.

Halloween Wallpaper Originals

Cat with Pumpkin desktop wallpaper
Our dogs say there's nothing scarier than a cat on the desktop. Courtesy of WallpaperOrginals.com

Stop by GraphicFreebies.com for 24 fabulously fun desktop wallpaper images for your computer. Haunted houses, skeletons, witches, cats, and trick-or-treaters can adorn your desktop.

The process for downloading the images on GraphicFreebies is not very clear but is easy enough.

  1. Simply click on a thumbnail image you would like to use for your Halloween wallpaper. A new page will load that contains the image on a slightly larger scale.
  2. Right-click this new image.
  3. Select Open Image in New Windows from the popup menu.
  4. The full-size image will now be displayed. You can select Save As from your browser's File menu and save the image to your Mac.

IconFactory: The Headless Horseman

Headless Horseman Halloween Wallpaper
The Headless Horseman rides again. Courtesy of Dave Brasgalla/the IconFactory

"The Headless Horseman" by Dave Brasgalla has been one of our favorite Halloween desktop wallpapers to use. It has just the right amount of spookiness without being horrific.

Dave Brasgalla puts his own spin on Washington Irving’s tale of the Headless Horseman in this high-quality image for your desktop.

Ilona Melis Holiday Desktop Pictures

Halloween wallpaper: Dungeon
Descending to the dungeon. Ilona Melis

Ilona Melis has a flair for capturing the light and shadows of Halloween in these oldies but goodies. Four desktop images are available, grouped in two downloads. The first download includes 'Ghost' and 'Dungeon.' The second download includes 'The Claw' and 'In the Closet.'

  1. It is best to download the largest size 1152x870. Once you click on the size link, the wallpaper will be downloaded in hqx format.
  2. Once the download completes, double-click either the Ghost_Dungeon_1152x870.hqx file or the Claw_inTheCloset_1152x870.hqx file.
  3. You may see an error message saying that Stuffit archives are not supported. You will then find a compressed .sit file in the same folder as the .hqx file.
  4. Double-click the .sit file to finish the decompression and save the wallpaper to your Mac. If you are unable to expand the .sit file, you may need a third-party compression utility such as the UnArchiver.


VLADSTUDIO Halloween in the Midnight Forest

Halloween in The Midnight Forest wallpaper
Vlad Studio's Halloween in The Midnight Forest. Courtesy of VLADSTUDIO

VLADSTUDIO offers 'Halloween in the Midnight Forest' as a free download suitable for use as desktop wallpaper. Registered users who pay a three-, six-, or 12-month subscription fee can access all of the high-quality wallpaper images on the VLADSTUDIO site, as well as Photoshop source files, tutorials, and other services.

VLADSTUDIO: A Halloween Wallpaper Collection

Ghosts wallpaper
Halloween ghosts. Courtesy of VLADSTUDIO

VLADSTUDIO’s collection of 11 Halloween-themed wallpapers is just the thing to get your Mac ready for this very popular holiday. These highly detailed and stunning images are a fun and easy way to decorate your Mac desktop for Halloween.

VLADSTUDIO offers these images as free downloads suitable for use as desktop wallpaper. Registered users who pay a three-, six-, or 12-month subscription fee can access all of the high-quality wallpaper images on the VLADSTUDIO site, as well as Photoshop source files, tutorials, and other services.

American Greetings—October Wallpapers

Spooky Pooches
Spooky Pooches wallpaper. Courtesy of American Greetings

American Greetings offers 16 different wallpapers for Halloween. The wallpapers are lighthearted—just the thing for the family Mac. The collection includes some great offerings. If you're a dog lover, you won't want to miss Spooky Pooches. If you're more of a cat person, a Ticked-Off Kitty may hit too close to home.

Halloween: Trick or Treat? (Pac-Man Edition)

Halloween: Trick or Treat? (Pac-Man Edition)
Courtesy of Vlad Gerasimov

Introduced more than 30 years ago, Pac-Man is one of the most well-known arcade games ever created. The Halloween: Trick or Treat? (Pac-Man Edition) desktop wallpaper from Vladstudio is available in a multitude of sizes, from 800x600 pixels to 2560x1440 pixels, and is free for personal use.


Halloween by =UnidColor
Courtesy of =UnidColor

“Halloween” is a beautiful digital painting of a windswept, slightly stormy fall evening. The warmly lit house welcomes you in, although it’s tempting to linger and admire the pumpkins. This image would look especially good on a widescreen display.