12 Truly Terrifying Ways to Decorate Your Windows for Halloween

Abigail Sawyer | 05 Oct 2022 | Seasonal Trends

When searching for Halloween decoration ideas, it's important to always remember to decorate your windows. They are one of the first things trick-or-treaters will notice when approaching your front door. In honor of Halloween approaching, we're sharing 12 incredibly creepy window decorating ideas that will frighten even the bravest trick-or-treaters.

Read on to see spooky silhouettes, moving images (You've got to see the projector trick in #12!), and more.

1. Condemned Creepiness Window

Board up windows with faux-painted foam boards for a run-down haunted house look.

boarded up window decorations for halloween

Via Halloween Forum

2. Spiderweb Sidelight Window

This easy-to-make yarn cobweb will give your front door a spooky look when trick-or-treaters come to ring your doorbell.

Halloween window spiderweb

Via DIY and FYI.

3. Haunted Castle Windows

Turn your house into a creepy castle with cathedral window silhouettes made of construction foam.

halloween cathedral window decor

Via Halloween Forum.

4. The Bat Cave Window

This simple display with purple plastic table cloths and paper bat silhouettes gives your windows a 2-for-1 effect. Shine lights from the outside to illuminate windows for your Halloween party, or turn on the lights inside to cast fluttering silhouettes that trick-or-treaters will see from the street.

Halloween window silhouettes purple bats

Via Digs Digs.

5. Deadly Draperies

Layer sheer drapes with black cheesecloth and an ominous floating skull to make your house look like something dark is lurking inside.

using black cheesecloth to decorate windows for halloween

Via Digs Digs.

6. Peek a Boo Spooks Window

Cut out cute ghost shapes to peek out behind curtains and surprise little ones at your kids halloween party.

ghost silhouette decorations for halloween

Via Digs Digs.

7. A Horrifying Haunting Window

Give passers by a real fright with ghastly figures from your favorite horror movies perched in the window. Make the illusion complete with sheer drapes behind and colored lighting in red shining on the character.

scary child decoration for halloween

Via Halloween Forum.

8. Faux Broken Glass Window

Create an realistic abandoned house look by cutting frosted glass window film into shard shapes. Just make sure your windows are extra clean so that the illusion isn't ruined.

how to fake broken windows

Via Halloween Forum.

9. Something to Crow About Window

Download and print these eerie crows on window cling paper to give your windows a halloween look.

crow window clings halloween

Via Country Living.

10. Nancy Drew Boo Window

Create a throwback window silhouette that book lovers will love with this ode to Nancy Drew Book Covers.

Nancy drew halloween window silhouette

Via Vintage Halloween Collector.

11. Ghostly Glam Window

Give the inside of your windows a haunted mansion look with elaborate draperies and candelabras all covered with cobwebs and paper bats.

Halloween window decor

Via Good Housekeeping.

12. Projector Tricks for Window Haunting in Motion

All you need is white drapes, a cheap projector and one of these effects DVDs to turn the windows of your home into a realistic haunting show.

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  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw