10 Delightfully Spookified Entryways

Halloween is fast approaching – under two weeks away! It comes at a perfect time of year, too, when days are shorter and clouds hang lower and the air is chillier. Which makes the spooky factor of the holiday all the more fun. Here are ten wonderfully and frighteningly ideas to lend a little Spook to your entryway, inside and out.

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1. Inside, an assembly of black objects that bear more than a little bit of creepiness can turn any entryway table into a stylish, spooky setting. The rock skull here is a wonderful touch, as is the backward book and upright coffin. My favorite touch, though, is the black bird perched atop a barren branch.

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2. I think it goes without saying that, anywhere that holds a silent figure dressed in black is a space that makes one watch his step a little more closely. A witch mannequin definitely revs up the spookiness of this porch entry, although I like the playful touches (e.g., zipper for pumpkin mouth, smiling top-hatted rock guy) a whole lot as well.{found on site}.

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3. Quite possibly the biggest bang-for-your-decorative-buck (and time) is this example of spookifying the house itself. Turning the entryway into a monster or ghoul’s mouth is perfection…and setup and cleanup would be a breeze! Definite bonus.

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4. For most people, cobwebs inherently send shivers up their spines. Adding this as a spooky design feature is no exception. I love the clean lines of this rope cobweb, as well as the fact that all people (everyday visitors and trick-or-treaters alike) must pass through the web to enter the house. The oversized spider waiting, ready to pounce, is a must.

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5. So, maybe you have young children who scare easily, or maybe you yourself would rather not come home to a creepy-crawly entry. This is a great example of creating a spook-with-ease look. Tall black candles and a pirate’s skull provide most of the eeriness, while plenty of bright orange and spray painted pumpkins remind passersby that it’s a friendly kind of creepy.

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6. Whatever happens outside, who couldn’t love coming into this entrance bedecked with black-and-white spooks? That oversized spider silhouette seems ready to jump out of the frame, and bats hanging from the ceiling are deliciously chilling. My favorite design touch is the abstract black-and-white painted pumpkins, mounted and sitting. This is a good old-fashioned haunted entryway!

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7. Outside or inside, if you manage to mount an old black birdcage with a raven or two trapped inside, I’m pretty sure you pass the “entryway spookified” test. This really needs no explanation; the sight of it gives me the crawlies. Awesome.

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8. Add in orange string lights and a fog machine (which sounds expensive and tricky but, apparently, is quite affordable and not that hard! Who knew?) for an instant spookville aura. Even the innocent potted plants seem a little sketchy in this surround.{found on site}.

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9. For a simple, yet highly effective, spooky décor strategy, consider employing black cheesecloth over some of your everyday items. The raggedy edges of this little number lend the entryway table lamp a delicious sense of grim and grisly history.{found on inthefun}.

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10. Not for the faint-hearted, this photo shows that you really can’t overdo the Halloween décor in your entry. Ghosts, goblins, cobwebs, pumpkins, askew Beware sign, formidable iron gates…the more the merrier (or, in this case, spookier). Decorate with reckless abandon and enjoy the haunted holiday!