Halloween is the perfect time for dressing up. Not only can you go crazy with weird, wonderful and downright gruesome costumes, you can also give your home the spooky treatment and where better to start off the scaring than right at the front door. Here we take a look at some of the most effective door dressing ideas to suit all budgets and creative abilities.
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Spiders are enough to give most people the heebie-jeebies, whether it is Halloween or not! This door will certainly make trick or treaters think twice about knocking! Find out how to create it for yourself here.
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Halloween wouldn't be Halloween if witches weren't involved! This trapped witch idea is as effective as it is easy to create. If you can't get hold of a ready-made prop, the high street is full of severed plastic limbs and witch-like fancy dress at this time of year, so it wouldn't be too difficult to create your own DIY version of this gruesome look.
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Don't limit the spooky treatment to your front door as this fantastic idea for keeping the zombies out works on both external and internal doors. Follow this step by step tutorial on how to create this sinister look. Do not underestimate the power of the pumpkin
Pumpkins are synonymous with Halloween, and the best thing about them is that they can be as simple or complicated as you want them to be. Aside from being an invitation to trick or treaters when placed on your doorstep or windowsill, they can also serve as stand-alone decorations, as this example shows. This gruesome scene was created by Elle at Erratic Project Junkie. Each Halloween she creates a different garden display using pumpkins and we asked her where she found her ideas for these amazing displays:
"Inspired by the Calvin and Hobbes snowmen strips, Pumpkin Massacre was the year that created a tradition. The display has been an annual event that has been great fun for me and those who come out to see it. Each display takes over a week to prep with myself doing all of the carving. It's a lot of work, but always worth the effort."
Take a look at some of Elle's other crazy pumpkin creations here.
It's the little touches that make all the difference with Halloween décor, and this particularly gruesome finger is enough to send any cold caller running.
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Door wreaths can make a really striking focal point on your door, and the more eerie the better! Find out how to create this floating eyeball wreath here.
A simple, yet terrifying touch that will certainly stop visitors in their tracks, are these spooky floating head ghosts. Hang them outside your door or decorate the surrounding trees and bushes for a subtler scare. Discover how to make these spooky spectators (and their more playful and slightly less scary cousins) here.
Cobweb door source
Cobwebs are fantastic for covering a larger area and work as a great backdrop for a multitude of spooky Halloween designs. This design hits the perfect combination of stylish and spooky and can be taken as far as you like with novelty Halloween props.
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Whilst Halloween can be great fun for children, it can be absolutely terrifying for some, especially if they are very young. This doesn't have to mean that you should bypass the occasion altogether.This magic door, that nestles into a tree or a garden wall, is a cute way to introduce a touch of magic without giving anyone nightmares.
Window sourceMaximise the spooky effect by applying the terror treatment to your windows as well as your doors. Black silhouettes can be extremely effective, not to mention terrifying, especially when back lit with flickering lighting. This effect can also work if you have a glazed door.