Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on October 29th, 2010

13 Drupal Themes that Scream Halloween

Every Halloween (starting last year) I like to post a blog that combines the holiday with what I love best: Drupal. In case you missed it, check out last year’s post: Drupal Modules that Scream Halloween.

As a raving fan of Drupal, (and having exhausted nearly all the Halloween-themed Drupal modules in my post last year) I couldn’t help but wonder if there were any themes that may inspire a spooky, eerie feeling. Luckily, I’m not the only one who doesn’t mind the chills every so often. What follows may not be suitable for small children, puppies, Christmas elves or the entire (former) cast of Full House. Here are the top 13 Drupal themes that scream Halloween.

Drupal Halloween Theme #13: Fall

Everyone loves the fall; leaving are changing colors and falling gracefully to the ground; the weather is cooling off and giving us chilly morning commutes; and football season is well underway with disappointing or surprising seasons. I guess it depends if you are a Cowboys fan. (tear)

The Fall theme, posted by silverhosting, is just over a year old. It features three collapsible columns and 21 block regions. The project development and maintenance status are unknown, and there are no published releases for this project. So if you want to try it out, you may have to wait until next fall...

Drupal Halloween Theme #12: Midnight

You can’t think about Halloween without your imagination automatically putting you in the dark. Seriously, who likes trick-or-treating in the daylight? Let’s face it, people are much more afraid of the dark than they are of the sunlight. Darkness, you scary! And there is no darker time than midnight.

Midnight is a new blogging theme blogging that features a user information bubble for nodes and comments where information displayed is dependent on permissions like access profiles, access comments, display post information, etc. It also comes with the option for two sidebars or just one, with both displayed to the right of the content.

This theme also utilizes the 2.x-dev version of the Skinr module.


• Hiding titles

• Sizing content

• Size and font families

• Content alignment

• Floating image fields

• Different menu styles

• Different list styles

The Midnight theme is currently under active development, but the maintenance status is currently unknown.

Drupal Halloween Theme #11: RootCandy

Remember when you would bring home a bounty of Halloween candy from trick-or-treating just to have your mom confiscate half of it in order to “prevent any unnecessary trips to the dentist?” This theme brings back those tears... almost.

RootCandy is a 3-column theme that focuses on your admin section:

• Supports node/add /edit pages

• Re-colorable

• Icons

• Top navigation by role

• Simple dashboard

• 3 column fluid or fixed layouts

• RootCandy dark sub-theme

• Icons in compact mode

• Sliding region

To know more, read the documentation ->

Drupal Halloween Theme #10: Black Mamba

Indiana Jones doesn’t like snakes and neither do I. There is something so creepy and very “halloween” about them that just makes me want to throw a shoe.

Posted by giorgio79, the Black Mamba theme is a heavy mod of the Waffles and Acquia Marina themes, so much of the credit goes to them.


• CSS-based (tableless)

• Flexible layout

• 1, 2, or 3 column

• 13 collapsible block regions

• Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict

• Cross-browser IE 6/7, FF 2/3, Safari 3/4

There are currently 826 sites (as of press time) that are using this theme.

Drupal Halloween Theme #9: Fever

I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more Drupal! That’s all I’ve got. As for the theme itself, Fever is a multi-purpose magazine-style theme suited perfectly for news, sports, gaming, and entertainment. It is three columns, fix width with two flexible sidebars that can be switched on and off. It also features a unique blog style with neat comments layout that support avatar.

Standard Features:

• 100% CSS driven

• 2 level droplist navigation menu

• Over 14 block regions: header, two navigation bars, search, showcase, left & right
sidebar, five main bottom with closure. See available regions below for detail

• Unique blog style with neat and stylish comment

• Support Views Slideshow: Dynamic Display Block with custom theme

• Tested on modern browsers: IE7, IE8, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari

As of press time, this theme is getting sported on 557 sites.

Drupal Halloween Theme #8: Salamander Skins

Aren’t "salamander skins" an obligatory ingredient in any witch potion? Every magical potion I made growing up certainly included at least one skin of a salamander. But to each his own...

Drupal’s Salamander Skins theme is largely a rewrite of the Salamander theme. It looks much like Salamander but it features 16 more color styles, 15 collapsible regions, suckerfish menus and built-in IE transparent PNG fix.


• 1, 2, or 3 column fluid or fixed layout

• Another 12 collapsible block regions

• 17 color styles to choose from: main Salamander theme plus 16 modular sub-themes

• Drop-down for primary links menu (optional)

• Support for secondary links menu

• Support for left or right menus position, fluid or fixed widths (see ReadMe.txt)

• Includes icons for theme links like "read more", "add new comment", etc.

• Valid XHTML 1.0 strict and CSS

• Cross-browser tested in Firefox, IE 6, IE 7, Safari, Google Chrome

• Sub-theme plugin support

There are currently 928 sites using the Salamander theme.

Drupal Halloween Theme #7: Twilight

Unless you’ve been living in bliss, you have been touched in some way by The Twilight Saga, a book trilogy written by Stephenie Meyer. The series is a young-adult, vampire romance following a teenage girl that risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. Cue the teenage obsession that ensued when the books were adapted for the big screen.

Fortunately for the Drupal community, the Twilight theme is an original, Robert Patterson-less, re-colorable theme for Drupal 5.x and 6.x.

Key Features:

• Dark base color with light color text

• Recolorable theme (like Garland theme) using color module.

• Many original color schemes are prepared.

• Supports both 2 column and 3 column layout.

• Supports both liquid and fixed width layout. It can be easily switched and configured at the theme setting page.

• Five optional silhouette images are included for the header background. They can be switched at the theme setting page.

There are currently 1092 sites using this theme.

Drupal Halloween Theme #6: Green-n-Black

How could I deny a spot on this list to a theme literally named after the symbolic colors of a witch? The Green-n-Black theme is a CSS-based (tableless) theme tested in all major browsers, including IE6 (IE6 bugs are fixed with pngFix and separate stylesheet file). XHTML valid.

The theme is not overloaded by complex code constructs, it's clean yet powerful and contains several custom regions. The region in sub-header ideally suits textual Views Sideshow block.

Main Features:

• Simplicity

• Modern CSS design patterns

• 3-2-1 columns auto settings (depending on active blocks in columns)

• Outstanding style for search form (Search module should be enabled to see this form)

• Attractive top and left side-bar menus

The theme is currently being used on 818 sites.

Drupal Halloween Theme #5: Blackout

There is an obligatory scene in every scary movie where the soon-to-be victim is running or hiding from the monster/murderer when, all of a sudden, the power gets blacked-out. This goes hand-in-hand with the “falling down when being chased” scene and “don’t go in there” door-opening scene in nearly every horror movie. When will they ever learn?!

As for the Blackout theme itself, you won’t experience any of the anxiety or frustration of the former descriptions, but you can transform a blog or small website with a clean and modern design.


• Support for site name, slogan, primary links, mission, shortcut icon and user pictures

• Fixed width layout

• Supports both 2 column and 3 column layout

• Cross browser compatible

The Blackout theme is currently being used on 550 sites at press time.

Drupal Halloween Theme #4: Shallow Grunge

While not specifically a known Halloween term, Shallow Grunge evokes thoughts of a crusty graveyard digger digging a shallow grave, or of a really bad 80’s hair metal band. Either way, both are scary.

Brought to you by Goodwin Solutions, Shallow Grunge provides a great grungy feel with a red and dark grey color scheme.


• Validates W3C XHTML 1.0 strict

• Validates W3C CSS level 2.1

• Two-columns

• Fixed width

• Tableless / Pure CSS design

The Shallow Grunge theme is currently being used on 346 sites.

Drupal Halloween Theme #3: Drupify

This theme sounds like a Harry Potter spell you would cast at Joomla! and WordPress sites, magically transforming them into Drupal-built sites. In fact, I heard a rumor that it may make the final Potter movie...

Drupify is a port of a Joomla theme called RokWebify from RocketTheme. Drupify includes a variety of optional content blocks above and below the main content.

Drupify currently supports only a right-hand sidebar. Since Drupal by default puts the Navigation and User Login blocks in the left sidebar, Drupify has been configured to include all blocks from either sidebar into the right sidebar.

Drupal Halloween Theme #2: Slash

You can’t think “Halloween” without conjuring up horrible visions of bloody slasher movies (or the lead guitarist of Guns ‘n’ Roses). But that might not have been what the theme’s creators had in mind. Or was it?

The Slash theme is originally from Slashcode. Drupal member, Frjo, found a version for PHP-Nuke and it converted to Postnuke and then to Drupal.

The main style is dark red and there are additional styles that are, black, blue (MacSlash) and green (Slashdot). Tables are used for the three column layout, the main header and the header for nodes and boxes. For the rest CSS is used.

Drupal Halloween Theme #1: Insanitarium

The Insanitarium theme invokes images of teeth-mashing insanity of the worst kind. Thoughts of an abandoned insane asylum with echoes of ghost screams from electro-shock therapy experiments gone wrong come to mind. Fortunately, the theme doesn’t resemble anything of the sort.

Insanitarium was originally design by Shiraz Shrairi. Its a clean and a simple Drupal theme.


•Table-less, Two-column, 5 regions

• jQuery Superfish drop-down menu

• Valid XHML/CSS

• Cross-browser tested; works perfectly on Firefox, IE.x, Chrome, and Safari

This theme is sponsored by Shiraz Creative Studios. There are only 77 sites currently using this theme, and with a name like “Insanitarium”, it’s no wonder.

Did I leave out a theme that screams Halloween? Let me know if a comment below and it may make my list next year!

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