8 spooky weed strains for Halloween
Spooky season has arrived, not just on the drugstore shelves, but also in our stoner hearts. Bereft of traditional revelries, however, 2020’s celebrations will require either more or less creativity, depending on where you sit on the cannabis spectrum. Whether you’re inhaling full-size snickers bars and watching a horror film marathon or Instagramming your would-be costumes at a zoom party, weed is going to make your Halloween altogether more fun.
The strains may have seriously Ooky-Spooky vibes, but don’t judge a nug by its label; each of these cultivars is exceptionally suited to all manners of wholesome — or terrifying — Halloween foolishness.
Keep in mind, your endocannabinoid system is like your fingerprint, totally unique to you. The effects described below may not line up neatly across the board for all users, and your experience is yours alone.
Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper is a hybrid with a pronounced sativa bend, but who’s onset eases into a slow wave. Most users find the high both powerfully euphoric and gently buoyant, without the telltale manic edge many sativas tend towards. If your low-key solution to a canceled Halloween bash is an intimate dance party, this is the strain for you and your three guests.
Jack the Ripper was bred from a clone of Jack’s Cleaner and a male variation of Space Queen known as Space Dude. The resulting flowers are dense and resinous with a terpene profile rich in terpinolene and pinene. Anticipate measured notes of fruity funk and crisp pine on a velvety exhale.
Candy Kush is, biologically, a balanced hybrid, but this strain can produce results on either side of the fulcrum depending on the how, where, and why of its consumption. One effect, however, seems ubiquitous despite the user’s disposition: legendary munchies. So whether you’re waking and baking or resting and congesting, stock up your Halloween candy bucket before indulging in this strain.
Candy Kush is a mashup of OG Kush and Trainwreck — some phenotypes display a spicier sativa dominance, while others gently slant into a complacent indica. And the “Candy” designation refers to more than just expectable munchies, this strain terpene profile is loud with limonene and myrcene, a nuanced combination that’s lemon tart in the nose and candy-sweet on exhale.
For those introverted who’ve already made a Halloween date with their couch, fave blanket, and a curated scary movie playlist, Monster Cookies is the strain to keep you locked in and chilled out all night long — or at least until you snack yourself to sleep. Often referred to as a nighttime strain, the high is deeply relaxing in both mind and body. The head tends to be cottony and insulative, while the body feels softer than a cartoon ottoman. The result is a deeply stoney indica effect that dances on the razor edge of elation and tranquilization.
Born from a marriage of GSC (formerly known as Girl Scout Cookies) and Granddaddy Purple, this cultivar’s terpene expression is peppery on top with tart underpinnings of citrus and pine on the tail end of the exhale. The aroma is reminiscent of Grandaddy Purple with notes of grape and berry pulling the most attention, but overall the mouthfeel is earthy and mild.
If you’re looking to feel some measure of full Halloween fantasy this year, scope out our pal Frankenstein. No one knows who the parents are, but legend has it, it emerged from the wild depths of the Pacific Northwest. The strain’s designation is firmly an “indica forward hybrid,” but reported effects vary from deep relaxation and muffled cognition to a springy euphoria that’s gently energetic. This mystery strain is truly out here living up to its name.
The terpene profile is brightly herbal, with nuanced inflections of myrcene, pinene, and minty ocimene presenting as either richly herbaceous or funk on funk on funk, depending on your sniffer’s interpretation of the terps. The exhale is mild and silken, with some reporting a deeply floral aftertaste and other admonishing an astringent, perfume-like flavor.
How will Frankenstein affect you? Will y’all be BFFs or will this strain terrorize your whole town? Guess you’ll have to try it and see.
Hell Fire OG
Hell Fire OG delivers both a euphoric sativa onset and a pacifying indica plateau. The name seems to indicate a fiery ambush of irreverence, which everyone just loves on Halloween, but that’s only face value. This strain’s straightforward heritage (OGs up and down the family tree) has resulted in a high that’s equal parts swinging from chandeliers and resting in meditative stillness, arguably the greatest way to quarantine during a full moon Halloween.
Hell Fire OG is a hybrid of OG Kush and SFV OG Kush, and as such carries on the signature, mild lemony diesel aroma of its parent strains. The terpenes are led by myrcene, with caryophyllene and pinene playing supportive roles, resulting in an exhale that is sweetly herbal and effortlessly sheer.
Ghost Train Haze
Spooky Season just wouldn’t be the same without strains like Ghost Train Haze, a boisterous sativa that hits hard and lasts long. This strain’s reputation for high-key manic energy makes it terrifically fun for physical adventuring, but larger doses can be overwhelming for lower tolerance users or those prone to stoner paranoia, so puff cautiously. The head high is typically creative and euphoric, with an effervescent body high that operates at a lifted vibration.
Ghost Train Haze is parented by Ghost OG and Neville’s Wreck, indica and sativa hybrids respectively. Though Ghost Train Haze claims one relatively mollifying strain as a parent, its phenotype is a powerful expression of stereotypical sativa dominance with complex notes of terpinolene and myrcene, underpinned by a delicate suggestion of limonene. The resulting mouthfeel is mildly herbal and reminiscent of tropical fruit.
Death Star is a potent indica hybrid with an aroma that is pure skunky earth. Though the strain leans indica, the high is more complex than that designation can describe. The onset is typically a slow one, tentatively wading into the deeper waters of the user’s psyche before blossoming into a powerfully relaxing body/mind euphoria. If your Halloween plans involved dressing up your dog as an Ewok, or doing some form of Star Wars cosplay, for the love of George Lucas, include this strain to keep the vibes from turning to the dark side.
Though Death Star delivers an undeniably deep indica high, it’s parentage is an even sativa/indica split. Death Star is a hybrid of Sensi Star and Sour Diesel, with a terpene profile that boasts caryophyllene in front and myrcene and limonene in the back. The resulting exhale is earthy and peppery, with a muted, fruity undertone.
This hybrid strain leans ever so slightly towards its indica lineage, its high is overwhelmingly relaxing yet sparkling with creative euphoria. Halloween revelry this year is going to require a bit of ingenuity on our end, and Phantom OG is a great strain to lose yourself while building cardboard robot costumes for your hedges or paper mache skulls for your porch..
Phantom OG is another OG Kush baby, but this strain is decidedly mellow, with its most prominent effect reported as sleepy. If you’re planning on getting stoned enough to ignore whatever brave trick or treater darkens your doorstep, Phantom OG will set you on your way. The terpene profile is a balanced rapport of caryophyllene and limonene and a whisper of hoppy humulene bringing up the rear. The aroma is pine-sol bracing with the slightest suggestion of herbaceous mint, while the mouthfeel is lemony and crisp, with a smooth, sheer exhale.
Featured image by Gina Coleman/WeedmapsThe strains may have seriously Ooky-Spooky vibes, but don't judge a nug by its label.
Halloween Weed Strains: List of 25 Spooky Strains
When it comes to holidays, Halloween will always show up as one of the most exciting days of the year, especially for weed enthusiasts. The spooky season is filled with candies and chocolate (munchies!!), fun costumes and an overall mysterious atmosphere that makes people go crazy for it. If you are a Halloween lover and want to make the most out of this season, a scary strain will spice things up and make your experience way more interesting.
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This year, Halloween may feel even more special: a glowing full moon will make you feel like you are in an actual horror movie. This is why knowing which are the best Halloween strains will help you make this day an unforgettable memory. Whether you smoke it or bake some great cannabis brownies, you can’t go wrong with these Halloween weed strains.
Ghost Train Haze
Get a one-way ticket to a fun, stimulating and euphoric Halloween night with Ghost Train Haze. This sativa-dominant strain is a cross between Ghost OG and Nevil’s Wreck and can have up to 27% THC. Its lemon, minty and spicy flavors will give you an instant adrenaline and creativity rush, which is perfect for having a wonderful Halloween party.
However, if you are new to cannabis, you may want to keep it on a lower dose, since it can make you feel paranoid and anxious due to its high THC content. For this reason, Ghost Train Haze is one of veterans’ favorite Halloween weed strains.
If you want to devour candies this Halloween, Ghost OG will be the perfect strain to open your appetite. Even though it is an indica-dominant strain, these dark green buds will induce strong cerebral euphoria, giggles, energy and socialization after thirty minutes of its consumption. On the other hand, your body will feel relaxed and mellow, making you fall asleep after a couple of hours. This is why Ghost OG is the perfect Halloween strain for a night out chilling with friends and telling spooky campfire stories.
Frankenberry has a rich strawberry aroma that will make your mouth water. This hybrid strain makes your mind wander and stimulated, perfect for watching a horror flick and feeling the ghoulish effects of the night. Thanks to its average 15-20% THC content, Frankenberry is a Halloween strain that will help you enjoy the night after a long day, alleviating depression and stress. Make sure you smoke a joint of this flower during a chill horror movie night with friends, since it will induce chattiness and uplift your mood.
This strain has a strong CBD content, making it a great Halloween strain for a night out. Harlequin will clear your mind and melt anxiety away without giving you psychoactive effects, acting against the paranoia produced by high THC levels. Moreover, this is a strain that both newbies and veterans can enjoy, having fun with its uplifting and invigorating effects. On the other hand, you may want to have a drink with you; this strain will make the cottonmouth strong.
If you are looking for an intense ride to the psychedelic part of your mind, Killer Queen is definitely the ideal Halloween kush for you to start a movie night. Even though its initial effects will have you talking non-stop and uplifting your mood, you will soon be sent into a deep sedated state. These effects are provoked by its 16-20% THC content, climbing your body until it unexpectedly hits you. However, your mind will stay active and focused, which will allow you to follow conversations or the intriguing plot of a horror movie.
This Halloween icon is also a powerful strain that combines the best of Killer Queen and Jack the Ripper. These crystal-coated bright green buds are a perfect start for newbies who want to try a stronger THC strain, since it contains up to 18% of this cannabinoid. A cheerful high will rush through your body and activate your mind, helping you stay focused and creative. If you are decorating pumpkins or having a daytime Halloween crafts session, Jack Skellington will increase your attention and creativity. Thanks to its fruity citrus aroma, this sativa strain is perfect for daytime use before a busy Halloween night.
Don’t be fooled by its spooky name. Voodoo has a relatively moderate THC level when consumed at low rates, which comes as a convenient Halloween strain for those who are just getting started on cannabis. This strain’s fresh fruit aroma and nutty taste appeals to newbies and experienced smokers, delivering uplifting and euphoric effects. Moreover, its
8-26% THC level has proven to treat depression, stress and mood swings. However, beware of Voodoo’s potent side effects, since you could experience paranoia and couchlock.
This strain will certainly cast a strong spell on you. The combination of Valley OG Kush, Chem D and Cinderella 99 make Witches Weed a powerful sativa hybrid with rich fruity flavors. Release all the mental tension and pain and replace it with a strong head euphoria with a drag on Witches Weed and prepare yourself for a spooky night. It’s 22% THC content may be too much for newbies, so if you are curious about the effects of this Halloween strain, make sure to take low doses of it.
Named after the unfortunate event in 1986, this sativa-dominant strain has bright green buds with a radiant glow. The THC level of Chernobyl can go up to 20%, which made it enter the High Times Top 10 strains of the year in 2010. This Halloween strain is perfect for a smoke during a spooky party, since it will stimulate your brain and boost your energy and creativity. You become talkative and giggly, alleviating depression and reducing the stress of the day. However, those who are new to cannabis should refrain themselves from trying out Chernobyl, as it may cause paranoia and couchlock if you are sensitive to high THC levels.
This spooky strain is a must for those who love sedative and relaxing effects. Pennywise may sound quite creepy, given it is named after the scary IT clown. However, this indica hybrid has a CBD and THC content that goes around 15%. For this reason, you will not feel the strong effects of THC and will instead fall into a mellow state. On the other hand, your mind will still remain focused on your tasks, allowing you to stay grounded.
The bite of this strain will have you feeling its psychoactive effects in no time. While this could be a strong strain for beginners, those who have experience with high THC buds will enjoy the cerebral high and euphoria produced by this stimulating sativa strain. Black Widow is a real treat, with a great coat of resin covering its buds. However, don’t let yourself be fooled by these effects; this strain will produce some sluggishness and have you on the couch after some minutes.
Killer Queen and Querkle are the proud parents of this 50/50 hybrid. Sweet, fruity and spicy, Killer Grape will hit you right between the eyes and provide a cerebral effect that makes you feel focused and grounded. The THC level of this strain is between 15-20%, allowing you to forget a stressing day and feel the body tingle that will ultimately lead to a heavy body stone.
Blueberry Ghost Kush
This strain is perfect if you want to settle into the spooky atmosphere of the night. Blueberry Ghost Kush is a balanced hybrid with an average 18-22% THC level. These fat, purple buds will make you feel a potent physical and cerebral high, hitting you almost instantly. Each inhale brings in tastes of berries and citrus with some spicy notes, making it hard to resist. You may feel hungry after a couple of drags, so make sure to have some good snacks on hand.
You can’t talk about Halloween weed strains without mentioning Durban Poison. This strain is great before watching a horror movie, as its pure sativa effects will make your mind explore new perspectives. Durban Poison’s average 20% THC content provides an euphoric feeling along with a sudden boost of energy. This makes it ideal for socializing and chatting, which is something you will definitely want to do at a spooky Halloween party.
Even if you don’t think aliens exist, give this strain an opportunity. Alien OG has the perfect balance between a relaxed body and stimulating cerebral effects. Being a sativa-dominant hybrid, this strain is great for social events, as it will boost your energy and clear your head. As for your body, you will feel like you have just taken a huge weight off of your shoulders, making it easy to feel ready for any kind of adventure on Halloween.
You will certainly feel like you are a walking dead after a few smokes of Zombie Kush. This potent indica strain is a classic choice of a Halloween strain, ideal for a nighttime smoke after a tiring Halloween party. You can enjoy a good horror movie and collect all your candy bars for a last treat, since Zombie Kush will put your mind at ease and sedate you slowly. A heavy body high will take control, locking you to the couch while your mind feels calm and warm.
Jack the Ripper
If you are a haunted house lover, this classic Halloween strain is just what you need to feel terrified and active. Its 15-20% THC level will have you laughing, making you feel euphoric and uplifted. If you smoke a high dose of this resinous bud, you will experience the strong high and almost psychedelic effects of Jack the Ripper. For this reason, newbies should stay at the lower doses if they don’t want to experience the side effects of this strong strain.
This sativa-dominant hybrid will give you the boost of energy you will need to party all night long. You will feel a strong creative feeling and an euphoric mind from its low THC content that goes from 12-15% THC, which is perfect for new consumers. You will taste delicious grapefruit and citrus flavors from its bright green colors that will help you melt stress and anxiety away.
While goblins don’t seem to be very friendly, this heavy-hitting sativa will certainly become one of your favorite Halloween strains. With some sweet and pungent aromas that may sometimes include diesel notes, Green Goblin has a potent 24% THC level that will produce an uplifting cerebral high along with a smooth body relaxation. You can smoke this strain during a Halloween party, as it prompts socialization and giggles.
Named after its dark green buds, this strain has a similar taste to passionfruit that has made consumers go head over heels for it. Dark Devil is an autoflowering hybrid that provides an euphoric high along with a mellow body relaxation, making it a great Halloween strain for a movie night.
Although it is a sativa phenotype, Ogre has balanced effects that won’t take your mind way too far from reality. This calming strain produces a boost of creativity that will have you wanting to go on thrilling adventures. Ogre can be hard to find at a dispensary, but if you manage to get your hands on it, its lemon citrus notes will make you buy without a doubt.
This landrace sativa from Hawaii is a very rare strain, but there’s no doubt that its name itself is perfect for a Halloween smoke. The Blood stays true to its origins with sweet tropical fruit flavors and an uplifting high. This Halloween strain is a great option for a wake-and-bake, hitting you with an energy boost that will soon turn into focus and motivation to get anything done.
The name itself makes it a perfect Halloween strain. Floral flavors come from this strain, making it a rare indica phenotype. If you are planning on having a horror movie marathon, make sure you have Frankenstein on hand, as it will set the atmosphere and relieve your mind from any stress. Its 18-22% THC level has made it one of consumers’ favorite indica strains for a nighttime smoke in order to let go of a long, tiring day.
Although it has similar properties to Jack Herer, this sativa-dominant strain can reach up to 24% THC concentrations. The effects produced by this spooky strain are not to be feared; a strong cerebral high and deep relaxation are some of the first things you will feel once you have taken a few drags on Jock Horror. If you want to spice up your Halloween night, this strain will stimulate your creativity, making you feel like you are in an actual horror movie.
Hell Raiser OG
Created through the cross of Fire OG and Face Off OG, this sativa-dominant strain is a great Halloween strain if you are looking for potent effects and delicious flavor. You will feel an instant high and heavy motivation thanks to its 15-20% THC levels, which provide a blissful happiness and a relaxing body buzz. The sour lemon and woody notes of Hell Raiser OG have made it extremely popular, and it is perfect for a stimulating Halloween party.Halloween is a great holiday for weed enthusiasts (free candy, need we say more?) – make this year special with some Halloween weed strains! ]]>