Scary Halloween Decoration Ideas For Your Front Door

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For trick-or-treaters, Halloween party guests and your neighbors, the front door and entryway is one of the key focal points for your home's Halloween décor. If you're in the mood to frighten and thrill, try these decorating ideas for a spooky Halloween entryway.

Door Décor

You front door will be the center of focus for trick-or-treaters, and what greets your guests before you do. Include at least one piece of creepy Halloween décor to hang on your door when decorating your entryway. Try one of these eerie decorations:

  • Black wreaths: One of the easiest ways to spook up your front door is with a black Halloween wreath. Make your own, or purchase one from a Halloween or party supply store. Black feathers and twigs are great materials for a base, while pumpkins, skulls, spider webs and moss add the final frightening touch. Ripping up strips of cheesecloth can also add a mummy-like feel to your Halloween wreath.
  • Garlands: Try draping a dark colored garland over your door, made of a variety of creepy materials. Like wreaths, try garlands made of black feathers, browning or dead leaves, spray painted black leaves, and a heavy dose of spider webs. Weave fake spiders into the garland to create a horrifying trail of creepy creatures crossing your doorway. Try spray painting a garland grey to give it an antique, haunted house look.


Toy birds are available at many craft stores, and are a great addition to creepy Halloween displays. Trying using a black raven for several of your entryway décor pieces.

  • Set the black bird on top of your front door's frame, where it can ominously watch as guest enter and exit.
  • If the wings can be adjusted, or if your local craft store sells birds with open wings, hang several black birds from the awning above your door, with wings spread wide in midflight. The frightening frenzy of eerie ravens will set the spooky tone of your Halloween décor.
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Decorating with spiders is one of the best ways to create a haunted theme for your Halloween front door display. Big or small, these eight-legged monsters are sure to frighten and delight friends and family alike. Consider adding one of the following spider decoration ideas to your doorway:

  • Giant Spider: If you have an overhead light above your front door, try affixing a large, fake spider to the bottom of the light. Wrap a large section of synthetic spider web around the spider to secure it in place, and create an authentic appearance. To prevent a fire hazard, do not turn on the light while the spider or its web is near the light bulb.
  • Spider's Nest: Why not welcome guests to your home, and the home of several hundred creepy, crawling, newborn spiders. Fashion a spider's nest out of a large ball of spider web. Wrap the webbing around a toy ball, or simply bunch up several packages worth. Pull one thick section of the web up to form a string to hang the nest from. Place above you front door, or above your entryway stairs or walkway, forcing trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests to pass by the frightening display. Place 20 or more small plastic spiders on the outside of the web ball, and just underneath the first layer of web to create the look of a real nest. Pull smaller strands of web down out of the bottom of the nest to hang several spiders from.
  • Trail Of Spiders: Create a trail of traveling spiders in your home's entryway, guiding guests to the door. Place a line of plastic spiders from a craft store or Halloween supply store up your walkways, around your front door, or around other spooky decorations in your entryway. Use double-sided tape to secure spiders to the ground, or special putty that will not damage the paint on your home's exterior. If you have used synthetic spider web on your walls, simply weave the plastic spiders into the web, where they will be held in place without tape or glue.
  • Spider Door Handle And Bell: Make guests test their will power by surrounding your door handle and doorbell with spiders. Set plastic spiders on top of your doorbell's button, and on the inside of your door handle, where you're guaranteed to get a spooked reaction from anyone.
  • Glow In The Dark Spiders: For a brightly glowing, dramatic entrance, try glow in the dark spiders, or glow in the dark spider web. Available at many party supply stores, drug stores and Halloween stores, glow in the dark synthetic spider web shines bright green when placed near a black light. The black outline of fake spiders will make an ominous statement against the neon webbing. Glow in the dark fake spiders are also widely available, and can be set in a regular synthetic web, making the neon spider the center of attention.

Skulls And Skeletons

A classic Halloween décor piece, your spooky entryway design wouldn't be complete without at least one skeletal piece.

  • Attach a skull to your door knocker, making trick-or-treaters and guests look eye to eye with the bones while they wait for you to answer the door.
  • Prop a plastic skeleton up against the wall next to your front door. Use metal or plastic rods to adjust its posture, or even stretch out its arms.


A frightening Halloween display wouldn't be complete without ghosts. Use tulle or cheesecloth to create ghostly specters surrounding your front door.

  • Wrap several large sheets of white tulle or cheesecloth around a small ball, with at least two feet of tulle or cloth hanging beneath the ball. Acting as the ghost's head, the fabric wrapped ball can be hung from the eve of your roof above your front door, where the ghost's body of tulle or cloth will hauntingly float in the breeze.
Last Updated: September 1, 2011
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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