Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: October 2012 (Halloween Edition)


We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over four years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for October 2012. Many of the wallpapers this month are related to Halloween2 which seems to have become a tradition on Smashing Magazine over the years. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
  • You can feature your work in our magazine3 by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?


Designed by Mohamad Khatib4 from Lebanon.

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Autumn Is The New Spring

“Who says Autumn isn’t fun? It’s the new Spring, after all!” Designed by Marina Zhukov21 from USA.

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Watercolor Autumn

“There is nothing like being surrounded by beautiful, fiery, natural art for 2.5 months every year. This piece was inspired by the Falls I remember back in my New England hometown.” Designed by Rachel Ladew34 from USA.

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Sweet October

“I love eating candy corn in the Fall time. Especially around Halloween. It just makes me think of Fall.” Designed by Lindsay Ebner51 from USA.

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Departing Monsoon Clouds

Designed by Paarva Creations64 from India.

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Fallen Woods

Designed by Dan Ioanitescu77 from Canada.

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Will Miss You On This Halloween

“It’s the Halloween tonight… Jack-o-lanterns and spooky ghosts are coming to fight the haunted house, witches all alive again! But this time don’t miss your friends. It’s time to scare the family, pals and mates with ghosts! Wish you a happy Halloween night again and again.” Designed by Debobrata Debnath90 from India.

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Autumn Squirrels

Designed by Jenny Hurman (Evoluted New Media)107 from United Kingdom.

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Autumn Leaves

“Altering tints bringing belief.” Designed by Lubos Volovar122 from Slovakia.

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Designed by Cheloveche.ru141 from Russia.

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Pac Man

“A tribute to the iconic video game, Pac Man.” Designed by Simona Gosu157 from Romania.

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Stinging Nettle

“Stinging nettle in front of Vienna.” Designed by Kai Szendi178 from Austria.

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Designed by Katerina Bobkova221 from Ukraine.

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Halloween Moon

“A simple Halloween wallpaper for October.” Designed by Andy Murphy238 from Northern Ireland.

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Dream Of Autumn

“Graphics and hand-drawing picture a cat.” Designed by Irina259.

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Say “Bye” To Summer

“And hello to Autumn! The Summer heat and high season is over. It’s time to pack our backpacks and head for the mountains — there are many treasures waiting to be discovered!” Designed by Agnes Sobon274 from Poland.

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Sweet Halloween

Designed by Cortando Pixeles289 from Argentina.

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Designed by Andrei R. Terbea310 from Romania.

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Cheerful Autumn Days

“This photo was taken in an English garden in Prague. It was a beautiful Autumn day. I was walking in the park and suddemnly saw leaves, cones and other nature objects on the bench. What I saw inspired me to shoot this image. At first I created this photo, and then I photographed still life at sunset.” Designed by Larina Yevgeniya328 from Ukraine.

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Blue October

Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek345 from Belgium.

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“A vector illustration of a dragon tipping over a wheelbarrow of pumpkins in a field with an illustrative fox character.” Designed by Cerberus Creative367 from USA.

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Autumn Chillout

“It’s Autumn — chill out and prepare yourselves for the Winter.” Designed by Lasuperbaa388 from Poland.

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Autumn Red

“The colors of autumn captured in New Zealand.” Designed by Ashley Hau403 from Singapore / Malaysia.

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Creepy October

Designed by Christina Mokry from Germany.

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Autumn Deer

Designed by Amy Hamilton428 from Canada.

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Zfort Autumn

“When nature prepares to rest, it brings very beautiful transformations – immense inspiration resource. That’s how Zfort is inspired by Autumn.” Designed by Zfort Group459 from Ukraine.

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Scent Of Autumn

“After october’s rain you want to go to the backyard, wrap yourself in a blanket and feel the scent of Autumn.” Designed by Sotnikova Antonina from Ukraine.

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“October in Poland was always nostalgic. I also love to draw things with a pencil, ink and stuff and then colorize and manipulate it in an image editing application. So I’ve mixed nostalgy and my skills and here it is!” Designed by Kanze516 from Poland.

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Spooky Forest

Designed by Colin Whitehurst533 from USA.

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October Quotes

Designed by Jonathan Guillou554 from France/Canada.

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Superman Goes Halloween

“Superman, chubby bee, and pink rabbit, hit the streets for their first Halloweeen!” Designed by Sean Bobbato569 from Canada.

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Eat, Drink And Be Scary

“This calendar is a play on the olds saying, ‘eat, drink, and be merry.’ I am a huge fan of clean, minimal design. As my college design teacher would say, “give me exactly what I want, no more, no less, do it well, get the A, and let’s move on.” Designed by Brandon Barringer582 from USA.

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Fancy Sugar Skull

“Day of the Dead fanciness inspired by a make-up and rock and roll.” Designed by Barbra Ignatiev604 from USA.

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Weird Season

Designed by Ryan Thompson619 from USА.

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Roger That Rogue Rover

“The story is a mash-up of retro science fiction and zombie infection. What would happen if a Mars rover came into contact with an unknown Martian material and got infected with a virus? What if it reversed its intended purpose of research and exploration? Instead choosing a life of chaos and evil. What if they all ran rogue on Mars? Would humans ever dare to voyage to the red planet?” Designed by Frank Candamil661 from USA.

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Join In Next Month!

Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

A big thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month678!

What’s Your Favorite?

What’s your favorite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comment section below.

Stay creative and keep on smashing!


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  1. 1

    Whoo I made it. Thanks Smashing Mag for posting it.
    If your screen size is not up let me know. Ill try to make one for you :)
    Lots of good submissions this month. I particularly like Spooky forest and Zfort Autumn

    Eat drink and be scary everyone!

    • 2

      I like your spider. Maybe I’ll choose your calendar to scare my brother off the computer:D Still choosing, though:) I like a couple of calendars this month.

    • 3

      I like Spooky Forest and Zfort Autumn too xD. But my screen size is 1366×768. Plz help, Ill be very grateful xD. Thank you :D

  2. 4

    Oooh, so many lovely choices!!!<3 Congrats, guys! There is really something for everyone here:)

  3. 5

    Lots of brilliant options this month. Some awesome images.

  4. 6

    My favorite is October Quotes!

  5. 7

    Haha mine is so pink compared to the rest. Oh well, was going for girl and fancy and colorful.

    Love “Watercolor Autumn” and “October Quotes” too! Fabbity fab job, everyone.

    Thanks also to Smashing for including me on this one.

  6. 11

    Going to be a tough decision this month! …good thing I have two computers…

  7. 12

    A beautiful collection as usual. A shame only two are MBP Retina-resolution.

  8. 13

    Looking good. Too bad none are retina MacBook resolution (2880×1800)

  9. 14

    Wow, these are gorgeous! I really like “Autumn is the new Spring”, Blue October, Autumn Squirrels and the Halloween Owl. Talk about lovely!

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    Creepy October!

  12. 18

    Seems like we have more selection this Month. I love Watercolor Autumn and Autumn is the New Spring.

  13. 19

    Ups.. “Autumn Chillout” 1680×1050 without calendar has calendar :)

  14. 22

    Wow! It’s an honor to see my illustration Whoops! Up there! Thank you so much

  15. 23

    I love the Autumn wallpaper, especially the watercolored. It’s fantastic!

    But there is a south pole you know. And it’s spring in here. Think about it on the next post and will be a lot more downloads and happy hearts :D

  16. 25

    oh no! Departing Monsoon Clouds has no Halloween! it’s missing Oct 31

  17. 26

    This month I was very practical and just got two that would serve well for the calendar function. There were some fabulous designs, but my favorites were Ladew’s “Watercolor Autumn” and Murphy’s “Halloween Moon.”

    Great job, everyone, and thanks for sharing so generously!

  18. 27

    Been waiting for this!!!…Did the happy dance when I saw it!! These wallpapers are so awesome!!!!

  19. 28

    October Quotes is superb…!

  20. 29

    Hello Guys there is so many good choices…Thanks to all guys!

  21. 30

    Asif Ali Siddiqui

    October 1, 2012 8:47 am

    Great job!!!

  22. 31

    Hm… I keep looking for a new one each month. Addictive.

  23. 32

    Great collection!

    1280×1024 for ‘Spooky Forest’ doesn’t have a calendar.

  24. 33

    And the winner is:

    Autumn Deer.
    He gets to sit on my desktop this month.


  25. 34

    Why can’t we have 1366×768 resolution for all the pictures, please? 1366×768 is still not standard enough a resolution? Ah well, I guess I can buy another machine to mach the wallpapers :-)

  26. 35

    I like Roger That Rogue Rover but there is no my PC resolution…
    Also cute wallpaper is form Amy (Autumn Deer).
    Thx guys!

  27. 37

    This is probably one of the best sets I’ve seen in months! Don’t get me wrong, the other months are good but this is the first month I’ve liked every single wallpaper in some way or another. I ended up going with Autumn is the new spring since it’s so colourful but I also really like Fallen Wood, Pac Man, Roger that rogue rover and Creepy October.

  28. 38

    I like the Autumn Is The New Spring..

  29. 39

    The kids and I changed our wallpaper every month thanks to you. LOVE this collection

  30. 40

    I downloaded Halloween Moon, because it is nice and spooky. I decided to post a calendar of my own on my own site, Creative Beacon. You guys inspired me to do my own artwork, so thank you! It was actually hard for me to make a decision between which one to use on my desktop. I like Spooky Forest, Creepy October, Delusional and Watercolor Autumn as well. Way to go guys, GREAT selection!

  31. 41

    there are so many beauties this month! i think i will end up switching every few days to accommodate my desires. i’m starting with cheerful autumn…but several others are on my list!
    watercolor autumn
    sweet october
    the owl
    day of the dead
    ….few more

    Thanks, October designers!

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    Beautiful selection this month! I usually mourn the loss of the beach and summer images this time of year, but this month there’s no reason to miss them – so much beauty captured for the fall!

  34. 44

    “Pac Man” and “Dream of Autumn” My eyes love these ones the best :D

  35. 45

    I love “Autumn Deer” so cute, and well done. Way to go Amy!!!!

  36. 46

    Creepy October for a month. Regards from Poland!

  37. 47

    October is my fav month for Smashing Desktop Bgs and since I often like more than one, I drop a folder onto my desktop to cycle through all of them throughout the month :)

  38. 48

    My favourite is Departing Monsoon Clouds
    Thanks a lot for those beautiful wallpaper

  39. 49

    I like the image with nettles in foreground and city lights in the background. It so matches my mood for this month.

  40. 50

    It seems like October – December are the best months for Smashing Wallpapers! So many brilliant ones. I might have to download a bunch and have them rotate!

  41. 51

    Thanks Smashing Magazine! So excited mine got chosen!

  42. 52

    I always love the wallpaper, but I especially love the Halloween Edition. This one did not disappoint! I will start the month with “Sweet Halloween” and see where I go from there. I like to change my desktop numerous times throughout the month.

  43. 53

    HALLOWEEN both by Katarina AND Mohamad are WONDERFUL!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!! (there is an imposter owl this month….eh? ) THANK YOU all are FABULOUS this month!!!!! :)

  44. 54

    Spider … Its quiet different and already on my desktop wall paper.

  45. 56

    LOVE Autumn Deer! Great selection this month, I almost couldn’t narrow it down.

  46. 57

    I love the little deer. Gorgeous and a nice departure from the expected October themes!

  47. 58

    My favorite is weird season. I also love Fancy Sugar Skull

  48. 59

    I choosed Spooky Forest this month :)

  49. 60

    I am a nature lover, liked your selection , pattern of colors in wallpapers , they are simple and astonishing…. very pretty. web design office

  50. 61

    Love the creepy gothic castle in the background: ‘Halloween Moon’…

  51. 62

    The best monthly calendar of the year so far

  52. 63

    1st year in 3-or-so years that I did not participate. :-( Thankfully, it’s merely because I’m quite busy! I’m really liking a lot of the submissions this year. Most aren’t big enough for my display, though. But they’re all great!

  53. 64

    Yes, best month ever. Thank you for continuing to do this! “Say ‘Bye’ To Summer” actually made me gasp when I opened it full size. Not sure why–something about the vertical light bars on the weekend dates that isn’t really visible in the thumbnail…?–but this one is special.

  54. 65

    eat, drink and be scary THE BEST!!!

  55. 66

    I like several of them , but Departing Monsoon Clouds is my favorite.

  56. 67

    I chose Spooky Forest this time… I like the color and it will remind me to keep on hiking.

  57. 68

    mindblowing sir ji

  58. 69

    Awesome wallpapers! Thank you :))

  59. 70

    This month’s selection makes it very hard to choose. Couldn’t pick less than 3. I think I’ll just put my desktop to auto rotate the wallpaper every few hours.

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    Thanks a lot :D

  62. 73

    S.M. you are always big. GOOD!!!!!!!

  63. 74

    Thanks guys, so much fantasy this month, I guess you were inspired by the places you visited this summer.

  64. 75

    I love the Halloween themed posts!

    Thank you again for a great selection this month!

  65. 76

    Hey, the Spooky Forest, which is my favorite, the 1280×1024 with calendar version doesn’t have the calendar…

  66. 77

    This is awesome. Thanks!!! All of them were so nice, so hard to choose.

  67. 78

    Autumn Chillout

    Autumn Is The New Spring

    Dream Of Autumn

  68. 79

    Cheerful Autumn Days has wrong dating (28-29th is weekend). Almost messed up a few appointments. I hope we can have QA before the backgrounds go online.

  69. 80

    Nice ones… I love all of them :)

  70. 81

    I picked the first Halloween with the focus of a pumpkin moon and the beautiful black cat as a primary and I also took a few others :)

  71. 82

    like most of these artworks~~~love the autumn colors ~~

  72. 83

    I’ve chosen one of them for my desktop. Thanks to SM and designers who created such beautiful pieces of art.

  73. 84

    Wow! So many great choices. But I’m so glad Katerina Bobkova submitted another design with her owl. I was sad I was going to have to say goodbye to September’s owl and now I don’t have to.

  74. 85

    Halloween by Mohamad Khatib and Sweet Halloween by Cortando Pixeles are my favs!

  75. 86

    I went with the Delusional wallpaper…. Great work everyone!

  76. 87

    Halloween by Mohamad Khatib, my fave. ♥ Set as background! :) Thanks for this!

  77. 88

    Today is my Birthday :)
    I like the themes with the real photos and one mistic theme from India.
    Thank you very much for the presents!

  78. 89

    I love spooky forest!

  79. 90

    The choice this month, for me, stood between “Departing Monsoon Clouds” – Designed by Paarva Creations from India and “Pac Man” – “A tribute to the iconic video game, Pac Man.” – Designed by Simona Gosu from Romania.

    But the winner was definately “Departing Monsoon Clouds” because of the many awesome texture-details and the play between back- and foreground :OD

    Very nice going, Paarva Creations from India.

    Best regards, Kristian Payne – Denmark.

  80. 92

    Karol Przystalski

    October 18, 2012 12:59 am

    I was crying when I saw that wallpaper with a spider!

    I felt in love with that pink one!

  81. 93

    Amazing wallpapers. I had to increase the number of my Mac Desktops in order to see my favourite ones every day! I love especially the illustrations.

  82. 94

    Weird Season is missing the 12th

  83. 95

    So many good ones this month! Very artistic too! Thank you all for creating such great art!

  84. 96

    “Will miss you on this Halloween” is amazing. It makes me sad inside every time I glance at it. The single light in the bedroom, the unlit empty house, and the lonely face looking up at the sky tell a story all by themselves.

  85. 97

    Halloween is so close!!
    thank you all :XDDD

  86. 98

    Love the way of designs. Simply awesome.


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