Halloween Door Decorations for Families

Whether decorating at home or school, our Halloween doors are to “DIY” for! Not very crafty? Try the “mummy and me” door for beginners. More experienced crafters can try our “fear the waking dead” door. Either one will be a thrill for trick-or-treaters!

Click here for instructions on how to decorate a door for Día de los Muertos.

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MUMMY AND ME Halloween Door (beginner)

SUPPLIES
Roll of black paper
Masking or Painter's Tape
2 extra-large googly eyes 
Hot glue/glue gun (for googly eyes)
Toilet paper
Clear craft glue
Scissors

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut black paper to door size, leaving hole for the knob, and secure with tape. 
  2. Using hot glue, attach googly eyes (5 inches apart) about one-third of the way down from the top of the door. 
  3. Leaving a space around the eyes for where the mummy face would be, attach toilet paper with clear craft glue at irregular and opposing angles across the door as though wrapping a sarcophagus.
  4. Optional: Attach a sign (ideas below).

Sign ideas for home:

  • I {heart} my mummy
  • We're dying to meet you!

Sign ideas for a classroom:

  • Mummy and Me Toddler Time
  • We're dying to learn about Egypt

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FEAR THE WAKING DEAD Halloween door (advanced)

This 3D zombie door is great for night owls, teen bedrooms and parents who need coffee before fulfilling family requests.

SUPPLIES
Rustic Wood “Better Than Paper” Bulletin Board Roll (wood-look paper by Teacher Created Resources — available at craft stores)
Scissors
Masking or Painter's Tape
Pencil
Medium cardboard box
Black poster board or paper 18” x 24”
Zombie face printout (below) or life-size head shot of family member
A pair of white, grey or flesh-colored rubber gloves, lightly stuffed with paper or filler
Hot glue/glue gun
White craft glue
Utility knife
True-to-size color copy of a coffee cup (or one drawn on paper)
Black marker
White cardstock

DIRECTIONS

  1. Measure and cut wood-look paper to fit the door. Secure with tape, but leave one (long) side open for a later step.
  2. Determine where your zombie will “break through” the door and draw a jagged shape no bigger than 18”x 24” (off center; about chest high of an adult). Cut out the shape and discard. 
  3. Cut a 4”x 21” strip of cardboard. Cut one "board" from the wood-look paper roll and attach to the strip of cardboard with glue. Set aside for now.
  4. Cut out the zombie face and glue to the center of the black poster board. 
  5. Slip the poster board behind the wood-look paper (through the open edge). Center the zombie face in the opening and glue the black poster board to the paper (not the door!). Trim edge of black poster board, if needed.
  6. Tape down the side of wood-look paper that you previously left open.
  7. Hot glue the wrists of the gloves to the back of the cardboard strip so that the fingers hang down correctly over the front (thumbs facing inward, so it looks like the gloves are grasping the board). 
  8. Secure the paper cup and gloves to the front of the “board” — making sure it appears one glove is grasping the cup. 
  9. Using hot glue, attach the board across the bottom of the break-through space, just below the zombie face. 
  10. Use black marker to draw nail heads so it looks as if the boards have been nailed onto the door. 
  11. Make a sign on white cardstock and attach near the zombie opening. Ours says “Fear the Waking Dead: Requests filled after coffee.”
  12. Optional: Add spooky or fun items like paper chains, fake nails or spiders, based on your theme.

Door ideas for school library

Attach a color copy of a favorite book cover (instead of coffee cup). 

Sign ideas:

  • Beware the unREAD
  • Book fines can be deadly. Return your library books on time!

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Free printable zombie face!
Download a pdf of this ZOMBIE FACE to print and cut out for the Fear of the Waking Dead Halloween Door (or other decoration).

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Emily Dolton is a local artist, Ravenclaw and mummy to two teen boys.

Click here for instructions on how to decorate a door for Día de los Muertos.

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