DIY Halloween Window Decorations That Are So Easy, It’s Scary

It's not all about your front porch—make your windows stand out with these spooky window decorations. 

Dressing up your home for Halloween adds to the fun of the holiday, but after creating a costume and buying candy, decking out the entire house can feel like a terrifying amount of work. To get the maximum effect for minimal effort, create a few easy Halloween window decorations that will greet trick-or-treaters as they walk up to your front door. Visitors will smile when they see a silly monster peeking out the window, or they might stop in their tracks when they spot a spider crawling up the curtains. With each of these projects crafted from inexpensive supplies—such as poster board, contact paper, or an old sheet—you won’t have to spend a lot to get your home ready for All Hallows’ Eve. Let these projects inspire you, but don’t be afraid to go ahead and get creative. Create a family of multi-colored ghosts, or have your kids draw their own monsters to adorn the windows in their rooms. All of these ideas are so easy to create, they make great last-minute decor ideas for when October 31 pops up sooner than you expect.

1

Bat Window Decals

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Photo by Philip Friedman; Styling: Blake Ramsey

1. Print and cut out the bat templates, then trace the shapes onto the back of black contact paper. Repeat to create more bats.
2. Cut out the shapes and use a red paint pen to draw on eyes.
3. Remove the backing and adhere the bats to a window.


2

Ghost Garland

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Photo by Philip Friedman; Styling: Blake Ramsey

1. Spray starch on a white pillowcase and iron until dry.
2. Print and cut out the ghost templates.
3. Trace the shapes onto the pillowcase and cut out.
4. Using your fingertips and a black ink pad, stamp eyes and a mouth onto each ghost.
5. Glue twine behind each ghost’s head, and suspend them from a curtain rod.


3

Creepy Crawler Curtains

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Photo by Philip Friedman; Styling: Blake Ramsey

1. Print and cut out the spider template.
2. Pin the shape onto a sheet of black felt and cut it out with sharp scissors. Repeat to create more spiders.
3. Attach the creepy crawlers to window sheers (we used these sheer curtains from IKEA) using glue dots or small safety pins.



4

Scary Silhouettes

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Photo by Philip Friedman; Styling: Blake Ramsey

1. Print out the silhouette templates—they’re sized to print on an 8½-by-11-inch piece of paper, but you can scale up or down as desired when printing to fit your window and paper.
2. Using a pencil, trace the templates onto black cardstock and cut them out with scissors or a craft knife.
3. Attach the silhouettes directly to the window with clear tape.


5

Colorful Monsters Cutouts

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Photo by Philip Friedman; Styling: Blake Ramsey

1. Print out the monster templates—they’re sized to print on an 8½-by-11-inch piece of paper, but you can scale up or down as desired when printing to fit your window and paper.
2. Cut out the monster body templates (on pages 2 and 4) and trace them onto green or red poster board. Then cut out the body part templates, trace them onto white, black, yellow, or green paper, and cut out. Repeat as needed to create multiple eyes, claws, teeth, and horns.
3. Use a glue stick to adhere the pieces to the body.
4. Attach the monsters directly to the window with clear tape.