5 Last Minute Halloween Window Decorations

Natasha Ero | 13 Sep 2023 | Seasonal Trends

Is it just us or does it feel like we were just celebrating the Fourth of July? As Halloween gets closer, it feels like our to-do list is only getting longer: carve pumpkins, find costumes, haunt houses, pick up candy (try not to eat the candy)...

If Halloween snuck up on you this year, and you want to give your home a spooky vibe but are running out of time - we're sharing 5 last-minute window decorating projects to trick out your windows for a special treat.

1. Creepy Creatures

For quick and easy Halloween decor, take a trip to a craft or thrift store and find 3 spooky objects that are about the same size. You can even replicate this look by using a skull, a blackbird, and a black candle like in the photo above. These are your 3 main pieces to decorate a table or any surface near your window. You can even DIY objects for a fun Halloween activity.

Kitchen decorated for Halloween with small Halloween window display and a pumpkin shaped carafe in the corner.

Kitchen decorated for Halloween with small window display and tall black skeleton next to a small table with a pumpkin-shaped carafe.

Pictured: Natural Woven Shade in Arbor Eggshell. Photos via: @fernandmaplestyle.

2. Pumpkins Galore

This last-minute Halloween display can be made into a fun activity for the entire family. Spend a day at a local pumpkin patch picking 3-4 small pumpkins. Head to the craft store and find orange, yellow, and black leaves and Halloween decals. Pick up a small green plant and a lantern if you don't have any around the house. Arrange your pumpkins and other decorations and the result is a mini indoor pumpkin patch that glows in the window as trick-or-treaters pass by.

A group of small pumpkins arranged on the window sill. A small plant, faux leaves, and lantern are next to the pumpkins for a Halloween window display.

3. Spooky Silhouettes

Black poster board is perfect for creating creepy creatures that watch you. Print out and trace ghastly creature with our free template download or get crafty and freehand your own!

Backlit window shutter with one panel open revealing a witchy silhouette decoration for Halloween.

Pictured: Blinds.com Faux Wood Shutter in White

This Halloween project can be visible inside and outside the windows depending on the time of day. It works best with light-filtering shades or blinds with slats tilted open so light can shine through in either direction.

close up showing how the pupils float behind the eye cut outs on the Halloween witch silhouette.

Floating "pupils" behind eye-shaped cutouts will create the illusion that they are following you around the room. The trick is in the depth! Suspending the pupils a half inch from the eye cutouts gives it this unique perspective for a spooky Halloween window display.

Neighborhood watch takes on a whole new meaning...

4. Petrified Pom Poms

Halloween decor doesn't have to be limited to pumpkins and scarecrows. Pom poms strung along a thin thread and hung vertically in the window are perfect Halloween decorations that still give you full control of your window treatments. Choose a fresh color palette, like yellow ochre, black, and cream. The trick to a more sophisticated look is limiting the number of colors you use. We recommend keeping it to 3 colors max. Consider coordinating or contrasting the colors with your window treatments!

Brown wood blind with fall colored pom pom strands hung in the window for Halloween.

Pictured: Blinds.com 2" Deluxe Wood Blind in Lite Walnut

Simply tape the pom pom strands to the headrail of the blind or your window frame. We don't recommend attaching it to the valance (the decorative molding piece at the top of your blinds) due to the extra weight that could cause the valance to break or fall. For outside mount blinds, try hanging strands within the window frame so the blinds slide over them but are still visible when tilted open!

Close up showing pom pom strands taped to the headrail of the blind and not the valance for Halloween display.

5. Frightening Foliage

Leaf it alone! Try hanging leafy strands vertically in your window for a less spooky and more seasonal. A dab of hot glue or a needle and thread is all you need to string the leaves. If you opt to use a needle and thread a tiny knot will stop the leaf from sliding up or coming off the thread.

Pictured: Blinds.com 2" Deluxe Wood Blind in Lite Walnut

Spread them out on the strands for a look that feels light and airy. Hang these in the window just like you would the pom poms.

Close up of fabric leaf with string hot glued to back of it for Halloween decor.

This look would be especially cute with rustic or farmhouse-influenced decor styles. Plus it transitions into the Thanksgiving season nicely so you don't have to worry about leaving it up a little longer!

Hey! Leaf that alone! Pictured: Blinds.com 2" Premium Wood Blind in White

Try these projects on your windows and tag us in your photos on Instagram @blindsdotcom. We hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!

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  • About Author

    Natasha Ero is a Social Media Marketer for Blinds.com. She is a native Houstonian and proud graduate of the University of Houston and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In her free time, she enjoys trying out the latest workout classes and the newest restaurants in town. Follow her on Twitter + Instagram at @nicetrynatasha.