Something equally exciting may be dressing-up your blog. That is, if you are into that sort of thing, and if you are reading this post, then you must be a little bit curious about all of the cool things you can do to give your blog a Halloween “makeover.”
Below, I have written about a few of the things that I added to my blog for Halloween, and I have also included links to some websites that offer Halloween widgets, pictures, and such.
Add a Halloween picture to your background:
Find a Creative Commons image that you like, and save it to your computer. Then, upload it to your blog. For more detailed information, here is a link that will help with changing your background. I also made a “How to Change Your Blog Background Thinglink,” which hopefully will be of some help.
I used a very cool Halloween vector background image, which I got from Vecto2000.com. (Also, I have found that the easiest way, and hopefully the correct way, to give attribution when adding a background image is to put the picture, description, and link to the website in my sidebar.)
More websites to find cool Halloween background images:
Add your own personal header: I made my Halloween blog header in Photoshop. If you do not have Photoshop, you can use Pixlr.com, a really cool online photo editor and very similar to Photoshop. You can also use the ArtStudio app, found in the iTunes store.
- Before making your header, figure out what size your header needs to be.
- For HELP: using your own custom header image or a default header image.
- Also, if you want to learn how to use Pixlr, here are some good links to get you started: Combining Images on Pixlr and How to Use the Pixlr Online Image Editor
Here are a couple websites that offer free Halloween headers:
- Free Backgrounds and More by SJB (for use on personal blog)
- ShabbyBlogs.com (You can also find blog backgrounds there. They are not your typical Halloween headers and backgrounds, but they are adorable. Might be perfect for someone who wants to keep their blog a little more lighthearted. The only bummer is that you may have to do a little searching to find the right one.)
FUN HALLOWEEN WIDGETS
In order to use the widgets below, you will need to add a text widget to your sidebar. Then, copy the embed code of the widget, add it to the text box, and save. For a more detailed explanation: How to add text widgets.
- Countdowns and more from WidgetsofValue.com (Scroll to the bottom of their page for a huge list of all different kinds of widgets.)
- Add MUSIC widget to sidebar – Jamendo.com
- Add a scrolling text Halloween message to your sidebar.
- Halloween note generator
- Adopt a bat
- Adopt a spider
- Search for Halloween widgets from Wigipedia.com; huge selection of widgets. Check out the Halloween countdown from there.
- Halloween Witch Fall Widget 1 & Witch Fall Widget 2 (animated) for website or blog. (Witches falling across blog screen. I have not tried them, but they look very cool.)
Also, what better way to show off your creativity than to make an original Halloween image of your own and add it to your sidebar. (I drew the picture in this post, the haunted house in my Halloween blog header, and the pumpkin in the sidebar (not in sidebar any more). I got my ideas from Shoo Rayner’s how to draw videos. He is a lot of fun to watch!) And if you need help adding an image widget, here is a great link showing how to add an image widget.
Or, search for some Creative Commons Halloween images, and add them to your sidebar:
Last, but certainly not least, use ThingLink to make your header, sidebar images, and any of your post images interactive. ThingLink is awesome and free! And as an added bonus, teachers can now get full premium access to Thinglink Images and Video for only $35/year! Pretty cool! Okay, so I really like ThingLink. 🙂
That’s all for now! 🙂 If you have any questions, just ask. Thank you for stopping by!
(*New – Since I have discovered how much fun it is to change my blog header, background, and sidebar images, I will most likely be doing it very often. So, I have updated this post and added a Thinglink slideshow of all of the pictures I used to “spice up” my blog for Halloween, or you can check it out here: Halloween Blog Pictures 2014.)