It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks, there will be little ones dressed as witches, spooks and goblins and shouting “Trick or Treat” at our doors. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about dressing your front door and entry for the season. We offer you a few ideas, some simple, some a bit more involved, but all with a bit of “spirited” whimsy that you can involve the kids with. Any of these DIY ideas should make your front door the show-stopper of the neighborhood for Halloween.

Lighted Spooky Spidey Wreath

This project isn’t hard, but I recommend you complete the first part without your kids. It takes a little patience. Once your wreath is set up with lights, have your kiddos take part in decorating!

Here is what you’ll need:

-1 black, 16” grapevine wreath from your local craft store. If you can’t find one painted black, buy a regular one and use a can of spray paint to make it black.

-1 10’ string of mini LED lights. I looked for black wire but was only able to find copper and silver. I chose copper as the orange color coordinates with the Halloween theme.

-Batteries for the lights. I needed three AA batteries.

-Wire to secure the battery pack to the back of the wreath.

-Decorations of your choosing.

I chose one big black spider and three small glittery green spiders, along with some fake spiderwebs and a few black and orange decorative balls.

Unravel your mini lights from the packaging completely. Slowly start to weave the string of lights back and forth on the top side of your wreath. This really does take a little patience and time. The little lights can get stuck as you weave the wire under and through the grapevines. Take your time and check to make sure you are covering the front of the wreath equally.

Once you have all of the front covered in lights, find a spot on the back to attach the battery pack. The best solution is with a heavier gauge wire that you can also weave through the grapevines and secure the pack.

When these steps are done, you are ready to decorate. There are so many fun Halloween décor ideas at the craft stores this time of year. Take the kids and decide on a theme for your wreath and enjoy a homemade lighted wreath on your door this Halloween!

Front Door Bat Invasion

You can make this colony of spooky bats come to roost on your front door in a just a few hours — and the supplies cost us only about $20. The X-acto knife cutting should be done only by an adult, but kids can help cut some of the bats out with scissors.

Here is what you’ll need:

-Large sheet of lightweight black poster board 22” x 28”

-X-acto snap-off utility knife

-A branch of faux maple leaves

-Cardboard

-Scratch paper

-Scissors

-Pencil

-Painter’s tape

Start by drawing a bat pattern on a piece of scratch paper, about 10” from wingtip to wingtip. When you get one you like, cut it out with scissors, put it on the cardboard and trace around it. Use the X-acto knife to cut the bat shape out of the cardboard. This will be your template. (Use a workbench or piece of wood underneath any X-acto knife work so you don’t cut your table or counter.)

Put the cardboard bat template on the black paper and trace around it in pencil, and cut the bat shapes out with the X-acto knife. Make them as close together as you can, so you have enough paper for all the bats. Cut about 15 large bats, then make a template for a medium and small bat. Repeat process. We made about 30 of them altogether.

Fold wings up, then attach to door and house with rolled-up tape on the back. We used painter’s tape in order not to damage the paint. For an additional seasonal pop, you can cut faux maple leaves off their wire branch, and scatter them on the porch. These are easy to find at craft stores this time of year. Add pumpkins or squash, or a dried flower arrangement to complete the look.

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