Halloween Door Decorations You Can DIY in No Time (2023)

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Dress up your door at home, school, or the office.

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ByChloe Gorman

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Brian Woodcock

It's time to share your Halloween spirit with the whole neighborhood! Whether you like spooky Halloween decorations or something a bit more subtle and fall-inspired, put that passion on display on your door. These DIY Halloween door decoration ideas work perfectly to set the mood at your house, your office, or even at a classroom at school.

What's more, odds are your neighbors will end up putting up their own outdoor Halloween decorations—and you're not one to turn down a little friendly competition, are you? From insanely cute creations (furry monsters for the win) to downright creepy Halloween crafts (a few paper bats is all it takes!) to a pretty and friendly corn maze inspired scene, there's something here for every style and mood. Of course, if you're not in the DIY spirit, you can always find plenty of Halloween decorations on Amazon that will arrive on your doorstep in no time! Happy Halloween and door decorating!

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Brian Woodcock

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Horror Novel Door

Before scary movies, there were horror novels. So why not incorporate the classics right onto your Halloween door—especially if you're wearing a book character costume?

Make the Book Door: Cut long, thin rectangular pieces of differing colored kraft paper (we used red, gray, and black). Draw titles of books on the paper. Outline letters with gold paint pens. Fill in outline with paint pen or gold acrylic paint. Attach to door with double-sided tape. Add large bushel basket and buffalo-check doormat.

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Evin Krehbiel

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Balloon Spiders

Add a spooky balloon spider to your door for a not-too-creepy addition to your decor.

Make the body: Blow up one large black balloon for the body and one smaller black balloon for the head. Tie the two balloon knots together to form the spider.

Make the legs: Wrap eight lengths of unfurled wire hanger or 12-gauge craft wire with black faux fur, holding in place with hot-glue. Twist ends of four lengths together, creating bundles of legs. Repeat with remaining four lengths.

Assemble the spider: Wrap a black pipe cleaner around twisted ends of leg bundles. Wrap pipe cleaner around “neck” of spider where balloons are tied together. Wrap fishing wire around leg to hang.

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Brie Williams

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Cutting Board Pumpkins

Fashion pumpkins from round wood cutting boards stained with orange wood stain. Craft leaves from green kraft paper and tendrils from green pipe cleaners.

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Dripping Moss Wreath

Cover a wreath form with dripping moss and suspend from your front door with a spooky skeleton hand and black ribbon for an elegantly understated creepy decoration.

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Corn Maze Inspired Decor

You've stocked up at the pumpkin patch, toured the corn maze, and gathered all the inspiration and materials you need to create this lush and multilayered door decoration. So nestle mums in apple baskets, create height with hay bales, frame the scene with corn stalks, and place a friendly scarecrow by the door to greet guests. Door decor win!

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Hooded Hanging Skeleton

No crafting required to create this eerie door decor. Simply head to the craft store, buy what you need, and tack it up on the door. To give it your own twist, try adding gauze strips or town fabric around the door frame with plastic spiders attached.

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Brian Woodcock

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Morgue Door Decor

Although there are many ways to turn your door into a spooky entrance, we think this morgue idea is the creepiest of them all.

Make the Morgue Door: Attach three precut 20- by 30-inch pieces of foam core together with spray adhesive. Attach a piece of black paper, cut to size, to the top piece of foam core using spray adhesive. Insert the rectangular piece of two 6-inch stainless steel T-hinges between the first and second pieces of foam core on one of the short sides; "screw" in place. Place a 6 1/2-inch handle on the opposite side; "screw" in place. Cover exposed edges of the foam core with silver duct tape, folding any excess to the back. Make two more doors. Adhere to house door with heavy- duty self-adhesive Velcro. Cut five coffin shapes from black and gray kraft paper. Paint letters on gray coffins with red acrylic paint to spell "morgue" and attach to black coffins with double-sided tape. Hang a plastic chain above the door and attach coffin cutouts with hot-glue. Add plastic pedestal planter painted Titanium Silver by Rust-Oleum and "Swiss Cross" doormat.

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Brian Woodcock

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Vintage Mask Wreath

Don't know what to do with your old Halloween masks? Make them into a unique wreath!

Make the Mask Wreath: Source colorful vintage paper masks from websites like Etsy and eBay—you will need 10 to 15 total. Attach to an 18-inch craft ring with a dab of hot-glue, layering and overlapping them as you go.

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Brian Woodcock

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Candy Wreath

Sure, you may want to eat all the Halloween candy you can, but it makes for the perfect decoration too. Case in point? This very sweet wreath.

Make the Candy Wreath: Gather an assortment of old-fashioned candies in autumnal shades such as yellow, orange, and magenta. Wrap a 14-inch foam wreath form in white ribbon. Attach candy with hot-glue, layering and overlapping as you go. Finish with a yellow burlap bow.

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Brian Woodcock

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Broomstick Door Decor

If you're planning on wearing a witch costume this year, why not decorate your door with broomsticks? Matching your costume to your decorations is always a good idea.

Make the Broomstick Door: Drill a small hole in the handle of two large outdoor brooms. Hammer five small nails in front door. Hang two brooms, right sides up, through holes. Hang a third large broom and two small "witches brooms" by threading the bristles over the remaining three nails. Add black plastic Grecian urn planters and "Spirit Board" doormat.

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Brian Woodcock

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Spider Wreath

This wreath will definitely give your guests the creepy crawlies. Enter if you dare!

Make the Spider Wreath: Tie six pieces of white string across a 14-inch foam wreath form, making sure to loop each one at the midway point of the first piece attached to create a central point. (This is the base of the web and should have 12 "spokes.") Tie a long piece of string to the center point; weave and loop from the center out to create the web. If you run out of string, tie another piece to the end and continue weaving. When you reach the wreath form, tie off at your ending point. Move the twine up and down to create uneven gaps in the web. Wrap the wreath form with white burlap ribbon and attach faux spiders with hot-glue. Loop a piece of white burlap ribbon around the form to hang.

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Brian Woodcock

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Candy Corn Door

Can't figure out what to put on your door? Get inspired by your favorite Halloween sweets—like candy corn!

Make the Candy Corn Door: Create a candy corn-inspired "quilt." Paint wide stripes, using acrylic paint (we used orange, mustard, cranberry, and gray), on thick artist's paper. Once dry, cut into equal-size triangles. Cut a 2-inch paper trim in a corresponding color. Attach to door using double- sided tape. Add whitewashed woven planters and "Lobster Rope" doormat.

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Brian Woodcock

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Vintage Harvest-Inspired Door

Your door decor doesn't have to be super scary. Pretty vintage pumpkin and harvest-style prints will still conjure up feelings of Halloween.

Make the Harvest Door: Download fall-themed vintage seed packets and print on 8 1/2- by 11-inch cream-colored paper. Adhere to door with double-sided tape. Add vintage crate planter and pumpkin doormat.

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Witch Wreath

You'll be bewitched by how easy these wreath is to make. All you need are a few supplies and your spooky creation comes to life (cue maniacal laughter).

Make the Witch Wreath: Cut 150 6-inch-long strips of 2-inch-wide black grosgrain ribbon. Fold the strips in half and attach them to a 16-inch foam wreath form with straight pins, layering them on top of each other to create a ruffle effect. Cut out a silhouette of a witch from black kraft paper. Attach it to the center of a 16-inch round clear piece of acrylic with double-sided tape. Hot-glue the edges of the acrylic round to the back of the wreath form. Finish with a bow with long tails.

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Cobweb Wreath

Hang one or multiple of this simple cobweb wreaths on your door this Halloween season.

Make the Wreath:
Stretch faux cobweb over the inner ring of a 12-inch embroidery hoop; add out ring to hold in place. Trim any excess web from the back and add a few small faux spiders to the front.

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Joseph De Leo

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Gilded Pumpkins Door

Not all Halloween door decorations have to be scary! Channel a sophisticated vibe instead by creating these chic, gilded pumpkins.

Get the tutorial.

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Googley Eyes Everywhere

Your front door and potted plants will keep eyes on passersby. Cut pupils out of adhesive-backed felt and position them on assorted Styrofoam balls or half-spheres. Use double-stick tape to attach peepers to the door or skewers to stake them into greenery.

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Paper Spider Wreath

Like a spooky paper snowflake this wreath is fashioned from black craft paper.

Make the Wreath: Fold 2 sheets of black paper accordion-style (about 1.5" inch folds), and then fold each in half lengthwise so you have two segments. Cut the top of the fold diagonally so you'll have a pointed end when it's unfolded. Then, cut three rectangles out of the paper, about half an inch apart, on each part of the segment. Once you have folded and cut both sheets of paper, tie them together tightly at their center folds. Take each loose edge of folded paper and using a glue stick, attach it to the end next to it. You'll see the paper will start to open up like a web! Attach a faux spider with hot glue and hang with black twine.

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Eerie Entryway

Trick out your front porch with a layer of moss, spiderwebs and critters—plus a menacing tree trunk on the door.

Make the Doorway: Use painter's tape to attach brown kraft paper to your door, cutting slits for the handle and knocker. Cut eyes and a mouth out of black construction paper; tape to kraft paper with double-sided tape. For the wood grain: Take white craft paint and draw curved lines first around the facial features, then vertically on the door. Place preserved green moss along the edges of your front steps or porch. Top with pumpkins.

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Monster Door Decoration

This furry purple exterior means you don't have to worry about scaring the youngest trick-or-treaters! (And those friendly eyebrows and teeth totally steal the show.)

Make the Monster Door: To make eyes, paint black circles on two 8" foam half balls; let dry. Paint on white highlight. Cut eyelashes and eyebrows from black foam. Cut two 16" squares and hot-glue each around a 12" foam wreath, from three yards faux purple fur. Glue eyeballs in center and eyelashes across top. Add a string across back of each eye for hanging. Frame door with strips of fur using pieces of double-sided tape.

Use Command Hooks to hang eyes above door. Tack or tape eyebrows in place. For teeth, use foam cones, and then attach to top of door frame with double-sided tape.

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Jonny Valiant

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Keep Out Door Decoration

This ghostly graveyard is for die-hard Halloween fans only. Jokes aside, you'll have to be committed in order to pull this one off. Planks of cardboard "wood," gooey green "slime," and even mini tombstones are just the tip of the creepy iceberg here.

Stretch cobwebs to cover door; secure with masking tape. Cut cardboard to resemble various-size wood slats. Paint a "Keep Out" sign on two slats; let dry. Glue bolts to each piece of cardboard. Tape slats to the door.

Set gravestones on and around steps. String the plastic chain from one door light to the other. Tap in nails over the door; loop a chain link over each to secure. For ghost, cross two wooden dowels in a T-shape and duct-tape together. Spear a Styrofoam ball onto the upright dowel for the head; drape the sheet over the top. Trim two eyes from black felt and glue to face, or draw on with permanent marker. Push the bottom dowel into the block of floral foam. Position the ghost near the doorknob and place two rocks on top of the foam (under the sheet) to secure. Cut sheets of vinyl to look like dripping green slime. Tape to stair fronts.

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Witching Hour Door

A black-and-white theme elevates the entire atmosphere of this charming front porch. It'll get all your neighbors in the Halloween spirit—without scaring them.

Get the tutorial at Tatertots + Jello.

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'Boo' Door Decor

Fun-Kins, which are artificial, carvable pumpkins, dress up this leaf-covered door with other fall accents.

Make the Boo Door: Use a utility knife to halve two Fun-Kins lengthwise. Print and cut out stencils for the word BOO. Trace each letter onto a halved Fun-Kin with a pencil. Use small paintbrush to apply gold enamel paint inside lines; let dry. Hang on door with Command wire hooks.

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Jack-o’-Lantern Door

Looking for last-minute Halloween decor? Just cut, tape, and hang some wrapping paper, and this statement is ready for visitors.

Make the Jack-o’-Lantern Door: Cover door with orange wrapping paper, overlapping as necessary; secure with masking tape. Cut eye, nose, and mouth from gold glitter paper; tape to the door as shown. Cut a small hole in the top of large pumpkins with a craft knife. Insert the leaf branches; push down until secure. Secure branches to door with fishing line and a small nail. Spray small pumpkins with spray adhesive; dust with glitter; let dry. Arrange cabbages and pumpkins in planters on the steps. Add faux crows, if desired; secure with fishing line as needed.

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Glam Witch in Flight

Your entryway light will make this Halloween door decoration sparkle and shine thanks to the glittery materials used throughout.

Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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Mikkel Vang

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Bat-Filled Front Door

Go big, bold, and batty this Halloween with a display you can DIY.

Get the tutorial.

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Skull Door Hanger

A set of dollar store skulls look creepy and chic with the right arrangement.

Get the tutorial at Pneumatic Addict.

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Witch Crash

This cute craft calls for a round plastic laundry basket as a base.

Get the tutorial at The Alison Show.

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FAQs

How do you make a door look spooky? ›

Another idea is to hand a spooky wreath on your front door. There's no need to go big on the design. Keep it clean and simple. Take a styrofoam wreath, wrap it in some white fabric and then attach a few ornaments on it such as some skeleton heads, bats, a few colorful feathers and maybe even a message.

How should I dress my front door for Halloween? ›

Let multicolored string lights set the foundation for your Halloween door decorations. Add even more visual appeal with a festive wreath, pumpkins, and flowers. Go all out by framing your entrance with spider webs, which are sure to give trick-or-treaters a good laugh.

How do I make a Halloween door wreath? ›

Make the Wreath: Gather an assortment of old-fashioned candies in autumnal shades such as yellow, orange, and magenta. Wrap a 14-inch foam wreath form in white ribbon. Attach candy with hot-glue, layering and overlapping as you go. Finish with a yellow burlap bow.

How do I decorate my apartment door for Halloween? ›

Apartment Door Halloween Decorations
  1. Put caution tape on your door. And don't be bashful! ...
  2. Hang skeletons next to your door. Put up life-size plastic skeletons on either side of your doors for a spooky Halloween feel.
  3. Mount broomsticks. ...
  4. Make morgue drawers.
Oct 4, 2019

How do you make a paper bat? ›

Easy Paper Bats How To With Kristin - YouTube

How do you cover a door with butcher paper? ›

Door papering tutorial - YouTube

How do you dress up a door? ›

How to Dress Up a Hollow-Core Door | This Old House - YouTube

How do you decorate a closed door? ›

Best ways to hide an unused doorway include hanging a beautiful tapestry to draw attention away, installing a bookcase or shelves, hanging a mirror, using drapes or curtains to hide the entire door, or strategically placing oversized artworks.

How do you make a fall wreath? ›

7 CREATIVE $1 Dollar Store DIY Fall Wreaths (Trendy NOT Trashy)

What do you hang on a door in fall? ›

7 Inviting Ideas for Fall Door Decor That Go Beyond Wreaths
  • Rustic Fall Door Decor. ...
  • Rake Fall Door Decoration. ...
  • Accessorize with Fall Leaves. ...
  • Hang a Fall Basket. ...
  • Fall Door Sign. ...
  • Outdoor Fall Decor. ...
  • Fall Bushel Basket Decoration.
Aug 19, 2022

When should you decorate for fall? ›

The simple answer is: When the season officially begins. The autumn equinox occurs every year between September 21st and 24th, so mark your calendar for the official first day of fall this year and ring in the season with decorations at the ready.

How do you make a dollar tree wreath? ›

2022 Year of Wreaths from the Dollar Tree | 12 Beautiful DIY Crafted High ...

How do you make a candy wreath? ›

How to Make a Candy Wreath - Martha Stewart - YouTube

How do you make a toilet roll bat? ›

Start by folding the ends in on the empty toilet paper roll. Draw and cut out some bat wings with black paper. Tape or glue the toilet roll to the wings in the middle and paint it black. Once that dries, stick on two green googly eyes!

Why do bats hang upside? ›

Bats have an easier time flying when they start already in the air. They use their front claws on their wings to climb to a high spot and launch themselves to achieve flight. Another reason they hang upside down is because a bat's talons or back claws work opposite of most muscles. In fact, their knees face backwards.

How do you hang Halloween bats on the wall? ›

Use double-sided tape on the back of the bats to attach them to a wall.

How do you wrap a paper door? ›

Tape the edge of the wrapping paper to the top of the door. You likely will need two strips of wrapping paper to cover the entire door, but just start with one strip to begin with. Once you have taped the paper across the door, roll the paper down to the ground and snip the paper from the roll with a pair of scissors.

How big is the window in a classroom door? ›

The standard size of a classroom door window is 32" x 6", so this instructable will operate on that size - but make sure you check your sizes and make any changes necessary.

Can you use contact paper on Bulletinboard? ›

"Wood" contact paper makes a great bulletin board.

How do I beautify my front entrance? ›

  1. Showcase stylish house numbers. House numbers can be a fun way to add a playful punch of style to your entry. ...
  2. Shop your own home for front door decor. ...
  3. Dress up your front door. ...
  4. Create a cozy seating area. ...
  5. Brighten your entry with lighting. ...
  6. Add a doormat. ...
  7. Swap out front door hardware.
Apr 15, 2021

How can I make my front door more appealing? ›

10 front door entrance ideas to boost your home's kerb appeal
  1. Use great plants for your front door entrance. ...
  2. Take advantage of front door entrance lighting. ...
  3. Hang something on your front door other than a wreath. ...
  4. Create a modern front door entrance. ...
  5. Go vintage with your door fittings.
Jul 11, 2021

What is an invisible door? ›

Secret / hidden doors are sometimes called concealed doors or flush doors, all these terms basically refer to a door system that does not use door jambs or architraves to create a more simple contemporary feeling.

What can I use instead of a wreath? ›

The best alternatives to wreaths that you can hang on your front door are signs, numbers, buckets, boots, watering cans, picture frames, and even a wagon wheel among others. There are also other options such as keeping it holiday-themed where you can use pumpkins, faux leaves, pinecones, and even ice skating shoes.

What can I hang on a door instead of a wreath? ›

20 Creative Alternatives to a Front Door Wreath for Fall & Winter
  1. Frames. Make something unique with an inexpensive or even a thrift store frame. ...
  2. Make one with Twigs. ...
  3. Wooden Tags. ...
  4. Wooden plaques. ...
  5. Wooden Signs. ...
  6. Wooden Slice. ...
  7. Silver Trays. ...
  8. Burlap Bags.

How can I make a cheap front door look expensive? ›

Paint It. Painting is one of the simplest and most effective ways to give a front door a new look. Priming well before you apply the paint -- using primer designed for your door's surface -- is the key to disguising the cheap building material underneath the paint.

How do I decorate my apartment door for Halloween? ›

Apartment Door Halloween Decorations
  1. Put caution tape on your door. And don't be bashful! ...
  2. Hang skeletons next to your door. Put up life-size plastic skeletons on either side of your doors for a spooky Halloween feel.
  3. Mount broomsticks. ...
  4. Make morgue drawers.
Oct 4, 2019

How do you make a paper bat? ›

Easy Paper Bats How To With Kristin - YouTube

How do you cover a door with butcher paper? ›

Door papering tutorial - YouTube

How do you make a toilet roll bat? ›

Start by folding the ends in on the empty toilet paper roll. Draw and cut out some bat wings with black paper. Tape or glue the toilet roll to the wings in the middle and paint it black. Once that dries, stick on two green googly eyes!

Why do bats hang upside? ›

Bats have an easier time flying when they start already in the air. They use their front claws on their wings to climb to a high spot and launch themselves to achieve flight. Another reason they hang upside down is because a bat's talons or back claws work opposite of most muscles. In fact, their knees face backwards.

How do you hang Halloween bats on the wall? ›

Use double-sided tape on the back of the bats to attach them to a wall.

How do I make my door decorations stick? ›

Decorations should be easily removable and leave no residue or scratches on the door. Using magnetic tape or clear poster putty are great adhesive options that won't leave marks.

How do you wrap a paper door? ›

Tape the edge of the wrapping paper to the top of the door. You likely will need two strips of wrapping paper to cover the entire door, but just start with one strip to begin with. Once you have taped the paper across the door, roll the paper down to the ground and snip the paper from the roll with a pair of scissors.

How do you cover a door? ›

Best ways to hide an unused doorway include hanging a beautiful tapestry to draw attention away, installing a bookcase or shelves, hanging a mirror, using drapes or curtains to hide the entire door, or strategically placing oversized artworks.

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