20 Booo-tiful Halloween Silhouettes

I think we can all agree that, often, less is more in design. Well, good news – Halloween décor agrees with us when it comes to spooky silhouettes! The great thing about silhouettes is that they say so much about an iconic item, whether it’s a pumpkin, a witch, a spider, you name it.So prepare yourself to be inspired to make this year your best Halloween decorating year ever…starting with silhouettes.

View in gallery

View in gallery

Papercut Pumpkin Print Silhouettes – Make your pumpkin-carving job easier this year and instead focus on your scissor skills to create these awesome pumpkin print silhouettes. Printables are available online, then all you need to do is cut an opening in your pumpkin to fit the silhouette.

View in gallery

Spooky Lampshade Silhouettes – Flying bat silhouettes (or any fun Halloween shape, really) are the perfect addition to a lampshade during October. Simply cut out the silhouette of your choice from dark cardstock, preferably black, and tape to the inside of your lampshade. Then wait for nightfall to delight your house.

View in gallery

Mice on the Stairs Silhouettes – In thinking about traditional Halloween silhouettes, we might overlook the rodent…but that would be a mistake, because mice are eeek-squeaky. Liven up your household’s stairs experience with some creepy black cardstock mice on each step’s riser. Definitely a creative place to decorate.

View in gallery

Mini Canvas Silhouettes – Using nine mini (3”) canvas boards covered in newspaper, you can create a larger piece of Halloween wall art by gluing black silhouettes to the top of each one. Simple, fast, and inexpensive. Plus, it’s a great DIY project the kids can help with, too!{found on site}.

View in gallery

Fabric Scrap Pumpkin Silhouette – This simple DIY project can be done in less than an hour, but you’ll get a tons of décor mileage out of it! Find a silhouette you love, cut the shape out in fabric(s), and mod-podge the silhouette onto a prepared wood board. Presto change-o, a fantastic customized Halloween silhouette.{found on theturquoisehome}.

View in gallery

Reaching Hands Window Silhouette – While some window silhouettes can be pretty creepy and/or gory (we don’t want to terrorize little children with our décor, right?), this one strikes a fun balance. Trace your arms onto black cardstock or butcher paper, then mount in the window. Night or day, this easily recognizable silhouette will be perfectly festive.

View in gallery

White Pumpkin Cameo Silhouette – There’s something that makes us a little uneasy, as far as spook factor goes, when we take a perfectly innocent silhouette like a cameo and attach it to Halloween. This white pumpkin vignette provides a perfect example.

View in gallery

Witch over Mantel Silhouette – Forgo the typical fake-spiderweb-covered-mirror over the mantel this year for something a little different. How about an oversized broomstick-riding witch? Find the silhouette you love, then have a copy shop enlarge and print the witch (and friendly bats, if you so desire). All you need to do then is cut and tape it up.

View in gallery

Tissue Paper Window Silhouette – This idea is so festive, day or night. The idea is to turn each window of your house into a striking Halloween vignette. Black construction paper attached to the windows, then orange tissue paper behind that make each window Trick-or-Treat ready! (Check out this tutorial for more window silhouette inspiration.)

View in gallery

Wall of Bats Silhouettes – So this example goes a bit beyond the traditional “silhouette” concept because it’s in 3D. But it’s still a fantastic bat silhouette décor idea for Halloween! Black cardstock cut into the simple bat shape brings the eeriness of Halloween night-time right inside.{found on marvelousmommy}.

View in gallery

Victorian Framed Medusa Silhouette – I think the Victorian frame pushes this silhouette over the edge. Something about the contrast between the prim and feminine frame style with the wild and vicious Medusa mythology really creates visual tension. An awesome tension perfect for Halloween décor.

View in gallery

Old Newspaper Silhouette – It’s as simple as cutting out a spooky Halloween silhouette (or words in a creepy font) and gluing them onto some old print. Take some wooden blocks of various shapes and glue or mod-podge said silhouette-printed paper onto them. I think the old newspaper idea lends a lovely element of Halloween chilliness.{found on idigpinterest}.

View in gallery

Negative Space Raven Silhouettes – For the artistic reader, this idea is incredibly appealing in its simplicity and spookiness. We tend to see silhouettes as black-on-white, but this negative or reverse silhouette idea turns regular songbirds into eerie ravens. I love the brush strokes of the white shaft of “light” in the background.

View in gallery

Orange-Framed Black & White Silhouettes – If you’ve got some old ugly frames, a can of orange spray paint, and a printer, you can make these fabulous simple Halloween silhouettes. What makes these so festive, for me, is the vibrant orange frames (I personally love the roundness, although angular frames would look great, too).{found on eighteen25}.

View in gallery

Halloween Luminary Silhouettes – There’s something about a Halloween silhouette set against a flickering light in the night that really brings out the spook. Create your own haunted walkway by cutting out silhouettes into orange paper bags, then placing a battery-powered votive in the bag at night. A straightforward DIY project that will please the whole neighborhood.{found on burtonavenue}.

View in gallery

Yarn Spiderweb Silhouette – Decorate your front door with an adorably creepy (is that a thing?) Halloween silhouette – the spiderweb! With a painted frame and some yarn, you can follow this tutorial to create your very own spooky spiderweb.

View in gallery

Spooky Plant-Haunting Bat Silhouettes – For a great Halloween centerpiece or simply a way to spice up your home’s potted plants, these bats are a fun and easy idea. Take blue painter’s tape, trace the bat silhouette onto the tape, then place sticky-side down onto a piece of wire. Paint the tape face black, then poke wire into your pots. Boo!

View in gallery

Ghost Face Silhouettes – Sure, ghosts are technically silhouette-less, but if you look at things in a creative way, these easy ghost face silhouettes are genius. Cut out three shapes that you can turn into a ghost’s face, then glue them to some white paper. Frame this, and you’re good to go. (Maybe toy with the idea of white frames.)

View in gallery

Zombie Lawn Ornament Silhouettes – Not for the faint of heart or for the house where faint-of-heart children roam, this yard silhouette idea is a keeper. Find whatever silhouette strikes your fancy and transfer it to plywood. Cut it out, paint it black, attach the back side to conduit, and stick into the ground for the ultimate spooky yard. Bonus: You won’t be giving out very much candy this year; kids’ll be too scared to come Trick-or-Treating!

View in gallery

Creeping Monster Silhouette – Last but certainly not least among our spooky Halloween silhouette ideas is this creeping monster at the toilet. Using simple sticky vinyl, you can create your very own creeping monster, ensuring your children will never linger in the bathroom for longer than absolutely necessary!{found on craftsunleashed}.