Fun with Frightful Fonts

By Kate Riley October 14, 2011

I had coffee with a two blog friends yesterday who live in my town (Cathe and Elise) and we got to talking about some holiday creations we’re planning with fonts (stay tuned for some magic!) but then that got me thinking about how much fun it really is to play around with different fonts on the computer.

My graphic design skills are limited, but I do love to play around with all sorts of different fonts and create simple cards, printables, or labels.  Halloween is one of those holidays when it’s especially fun to combine images and fonts together, and last year I made beverage labels using the free software from Picasa, here’s a look back. 

I created several kid friendly beverage labels including juice box labels …

juice box label set cg

soda and large juice bottle labels…

spooky labels for soda and juice cg


… and three different water bottle labels too (only one shown).

wicked water bottles

Download and print the above labels here


It’s easy to make your own, last year I wrote up a simple tutorial on how create your own Halloween labels in Picasa.

change tilt font in picasa


I also had fun making Halloween wine bottle labels, here are a few examples . . .

wine bottle labels cg

Download my four different wine bottle label designs here (three shown).

Or don’t use my designs, create your own!  With Picasa, you can change the color, size, and position of any font, like I mentioned in an earlier article about creating your own printable word art.  It’s easy to design your own Halloween labels or creations with frightful fonts.  Here are some of my most favorite spooky (and free) fonts to play with (click on font for source):

witched font




fright night


Chiller font

Search for more online under “free Halloween fonts” and you’ll find plenty of sources. You can also search for and use “free Halloween dingbats” and install them on your computer to create your own printables or word art (like I mentioned here).  I used various Halloween dingbats to form the witch, bats, and haunted house to make this Boo Game Printable below for our local Boo Game Tradition.


It got stuffed in these Boo Bags filled with little treats for friends and neighbors!

boo game bags cg


Halloween is such a fun season for kids young and old, so experiment and get creative with some frightful fonts! 

Coming up later today, a fabulous giveaway from one of your favorite retailers, you’ll definitely want to enter to win, so come on back this afternoon!






  1. I remember your word art from last year–I think you’ve got skills! Love those cute BOO bags. BOOing and Elfing don’t go over well in my neighborhood, but my MOPS group did BOOing a few years ago and it was so much fun (although difficult b/c so many of us are spread out over a few different counties). It really is a blast!

  2. Those are awesome!! Question: do you ever use a Cricut or Cricut type machine? I’m trying to get opinions before getting one. I think it would make my crafting, labeling, stenciling, bla bla haha easier but there are so many options haha. Thanks again!!

  3. It’s nice that some people still live in places where they would eat treats randomly left on their doorstep LOL! Not sure I would. It is a totally cute idea, though.

  4. The bags and wine bottle labels are great! I’m definitely using the wine bottle labels! Thanks for sharing:)

    • Oh yeah Gwen, I’m with you, wouldn’t that be fun, creaking doors, spooky ghosts and goblins, and cackling witches, love it!

  5. What a helpful post to demystify those professional looking labels. I am going to read in depth and the tutorials you made when I have the chance.

  6. Once you have downloaded a new font, how do you get the font into a program like Picassa? I’m trying to figure that out. Thanks, Katharine

  7. So glad I saw this today, we always have some neighbor families over after trick or treating, and I’m hosting a movie night this Thursday – can’t wait to make some spooky labels for it all!

  8. Thanks for sharing the printables! I’ve got the 2 liter labels printed and ready to go for our spooky halloween dinner. :)

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