Can you believe it’s almost that time of year again? Autumn is coming up fast, and that means Halloween is right around the corner. Halloween has been my favorite holiday since I was a child. While I miss all the fun of dressing up and trick-or-treating (those childhood memories will never fade), I have to say that being a grown-up is pretty cool where Halloween is concerned. My parents never did anything to spruce up our house and make it fun or scary, which I thought was lame when I was a kid. But now I get to do that with our house, which means fun not just for me, but for my whole family!
If you are looking for a way you can dress up your house for Halloween, one of the easiest and simplest things you can do is decorate your door. It is easy to miss decorations in your yard in the dark, but nobody is going to miss the door, since trick-or-treaters need to walk right up to it to ask for the candy!
There are a number of different approaches you can take to decorate your door for Halloween. I want to share two ideas with you: monster doors and monster door wreaths.
The idea with a monster door is simple; you just use paper and other supplies to create a face on your door so that the door itself is the “monster.” With a monster wreath, you are creating an adorably scary little critter that hangs on your door and greets trick-or-treaters.
Now I’m going to share my favorite monster door and monster wreath projects with you. You can duplicate these exactly or you can use them as inspiration for your own spooky Halloween door projects!
1. Jack Skellington Door
Sometimes it seems bizarre to me that The Nightmare Before Christmas came out clear back in 1993—that was over two decades ago! I still remember how absolutely amazing that movie was … twenty-three years later, there still hasn’t been anything else quite like it. That’s why it’s stayed a classic—and why even little kids today will instantly recognize the lovable face of Jack Skellington on your door. Check the link for a free printable!
2. Halloween Monster with Streamers
Here is an absolutely adorable Halloween door monster which you can make using simple supplies including a couple of paper plates and some streamers. You could probably get this done in a matter of minutes. Very cute!
3. Paper Bag Monster
Not only is this three-eyed door monster very cute and spooky (if I were a small child, I might actually think this door was ready to eat me), but it is super cheap and easy to make. You recycle paper grocery bags to do it, so the total cost is around $7. Check out the link for the full list of supplies and instructions!
4. Mike Wazowski Halloween Door
Here is a door which was recently painted a pea green color for reasons completely unrelated to Halloween. But once the door was painted, its owner realized that it was the perfect color to turn into a Mike Wazowski door! A few colored sheets of poster paper and the door was all ready to go. The door’s creator points out that it is smart to laminate the sheets so that they can stand up to the weather. Check the source link for a couple other great Halloween door and window display ideas.
5. Vampire Door
Here is a more elaborate Halloween door design on the door of a classroom in a school. Isn’t she adorable? All the details are amazing, especially the hair and the ruffles around her collar.
6. More Adorable Homeroom Doors
Monster doors are actually quite popular in schools. Follow the source link below and you will find a blog post which includes a whole bunch of cute and creative monster doors all located in the same school. I’ve shared a couple of images with you below, but it is well worth it to check the link to enjoy them all! I imagine that the combined effect walking down the hallway in the school is outstanding.
7. Frankenstein’s Monster Door
This monster door pattern is very popular; you may even find a number of different versions of it if you check around the web. In fact, below you can view a rendition for a classroom door and another on the front door of a home. It’s very cute, so I can see why it is so popular!
8. Monster House
Here is a wonderfully spooky creation which takes the idea of a monster door a step further … a monster house! This is a brilliant fit with this home because of the sheltered porch; whereas monster doors are designed to look like they could eat you, you have to actually step inside the maw of this fearsome beast to ring the doorbell. The process to put it all together was pretty complicated—read the source link to find out how it was done. It was definitely worth it though; it looks absolutely amazing!
9. Eyes in the Dark
Who says that you can only put one monster on your door? This door is unique and very cute—the entire door has been redone in black and there are a number of glowing eyes peeking out from the dark. I imagine that this would look particularly great at night. If you could use glow-in-the-dark paint, the effect would be incredible!
10. Monster Garage
This idea follows right off of the monster house from before. Instead of turning your entryway into a monster, you convert your garage!
11. Cute Green Monsters
Here is a doorway which includes a couple of adorable green monsters. There are instructions at the source link, but you will probably need to hit “translate” to read them. Either way, it looks fairly easy to recreate.
12. Mummy Door
Here is an incredibly cute and easy idea which you can do for just a few dollars. You could throw this together in a matter of minutes, so it is a great choice if you don’t want to spend a ton of time decorating for Halloween. Find full instructions at the source link!
13. This Door Wants to Eat You
This monster door looks like it means serious business as far as eating people is concerned. I love the bold contrast of colors; that maw will really stand out after dark.
14. Glass Door Silhouette
Okay, so technically this one is not a monster door (last time I checked, owls are considered pretty innocuous, unless you are a rodent). But it is a brilliantly simple idea to put a cut-out on your glass door and then just leave the main door open; you could easily modify this idea to include a monster sillouette like a zombie or a scarecrow.
15. Cute Monster
This door has such an adorable monster face! And to think it is made up of nothing more than plastic plates, painter’s tape and poster board!
16. Victims in the Garage
This is one of those ideas which is just ridiculously simple, yet absolutely genius. It would be super easy to make a bunch of reaching hand cut-outs like these and tack them up in your garage windows. Backlit like this at nighttime they look amazing!
17. Zombie Apocalypse Door
I just can’t get over the amazing detail and artistry which has gone into this! The project looks complicated, but there is a full tutorial over at the source link, and the artist who created it says he managed to put together everything from start to finish in just around four hours. That is seriously incredible!
18. Cute Fluffy Monster Wreath
This is so ridiculously adorable I don’t even know what to say! What is great about it too is that it would make great décor year-round in a child’s bedroom. There is a full tutorial in the video, so check it out and enjoy making your own!
19. Ghost Wreath
This isn’t a typical round wreath like the one above, but it is soooo cute, and it can cover your entire door. It looks really easy to make; watch the video to see how it’s done!
20. Googly Eyed Monster
This delightful wreath critter has the most amazing googly eyes! Like the first wreath I shared with you, this one would also be wonderful year-round in your child’s bedroom!
21. Bow-Tie Monster
Here is another very cute monster which you can make using some simple supplies. I love the bow-tie—it gives an extra touch of endearing adorableness to this green critter. Remember to invite your kids to help out with your monster wreaths—this makes a fun project for the whole family!
22. Mike Wazowski Tulle Wreath
Earlier I shared a project to make a Mike Wazowski monster door. Here is a project for a Mike Wazowski wreath! This is a finished product on Etsy, but it looks fairly easy to make a similar wreath on your own if this one sells out.
23. Fearsome Monster Wreath
Like many of the other monster wreaths I have featured on this list, this one is made using green tulle. He’s very cute, but he has a much more ferocious disposition than the other creepy critters I’ve shared here.
24. Christmas/Halloween Monster
This monster wreath seems to have been inspired a bit by The Nightmare Before Christmas, albeit indirectly. He isn’t a character from the movie, but he could easily be one of the Christmas creations that the Halloween Town residents tried to make. He’s awesome in any case and perfect for two holidays!
25. Snake Wreath
Snakes aren’t monsters, but they do seem to be cast in creepy roles in stories, so it seems a lot of people see them that way. In any case, there is no denying that this is a spectacular Halloween wreath, and I just had to share it on this list.
26. Mummy Wreath
Here is one of my absolute favorites, by far one of the most unique monster wreaths I’ve ever seen! The supplies are so basic—muslin or gauze, googly eyes, some black duct tape, hot glue and scissors is all you need to make one of your own. This definitely has to be one of the least frightening mummies ever though; it is just way too cute for words!
27. Lots of Little Monsters
This wreath is meant for a birthday party or a gift for a teacher, but you could just as easily use it (or design one like it) for Halloween. It would be a really fun project to customize too—you could use any colors of ribbons and create any little monsters you wanted out of pretty much any materials you could get your hands on!
28. Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath
This Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath featuring Jack Skellington is just amazing! I love the black, white and red color scheme; it is incredibly eye-catching and makes for a spectacular effect.
29. Frankenstein’s Monster Deco Mesh Wreath
Here is another monster wreath on Etsy which is just an incredible work of art. The color scheme is striking and the entire design is really whimsical.
30. Elegant Halloween Wreath
The notion of a glamorous, elegant, sophisticated Halloween wreath may be hard to picture, but this is undeniably it! There is no way to convey in words how absolutely magnificent this wreath is!
Decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to be complicated, time-consuming or expensive. Most of these projects you could easily complete in an afternoon, and your kids will have a blast doing them with you. Have a great time making monster wreaths and monster doors for spooky Halloween fun.