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Quick and Easy Halloween Garage Door Decoration Ideas

Updated on October 30, 2011

Your garage door takes up a huge portion of your house, so don't let it go unnoticed this year during Halloween.

Show it some love with these quick and easy Halloween garage door decoration ideas.

Supernatural Special Effects

Calling all special effects fiends. This is a quick and easy garage decorating idea if you want to add some pizzaz to your normal Halloween decorations this year, and with the right supplies, you can make a big impact with not a lot of work.

This idea is ideal for an evening with good weather because you will have to leave your garage door open.

Go grab...

  1. Sheet of black plastic large enough to cover your garage door
  2. Tape
  3. Scissors (box butter, exacto knife, or kitchen knife would work too)
  4. Lights (strobe light, colored lights, and/or black lights, etc.)
  5. Smoke machine
  6. Stereo
  7. Scary music

Now here's the plan of attack...

  • Open up your garage door, and cover the opening with a big sheet of black plastic
  • Make slashes of varying lengths and cuts all over the sheet with your scissors.
  • Set up lighting inside your garage. You can do all sorts of different lighting effects. You can set up strobe lights, black lights, or different colored lights. It's really up to you!
  • Setting up a smoke machine inside your garage will take the decoration up to the next level. The smoke will seep out of the slits you made in the black plastic sheet, and leak out onto your driveway.
  • Lastly, place a stereo in your garage and play some creepy music.


From your front yard (and probably into the street), people will be lured to your house by the creepy music. The lights you set up inside your garage will show through the slits in the black plastic sheet, and the smoke won't have anywhere to go but out the slits, leaking out onto your driveway.

You can tweak the idea to fit your preferences. For instance, you don't necessarily have to have the smoke machine if you don't want to buy or rent one. You don't have to have a bunch of different colored lights, you can just turn your garage light on the inside.

The more creative you are, the cooler your garage will look.

Spine-Chilling Silhouettes

If your garage has windows, don't let them go to waste! Windows provide an ideal spot for some really cool Halloween decorations so you can play up your garage windows for Halloween. This idea is good for rainy or colder nights because all your d├ęcor will be inside your garage, and you don't have to have the door open.

Just grab...

  1. Black construction paper or poster board paper
  2. scissors
  3. tape

Plan of attack...

  • Trace the outline of both your arms from your elbow to your fingers on black paper.
  • Cut them out, and tape 2 arm cutouts up on the inside of each of your garage windows.
  • Turn the light on inside your garage.


From the outside, it will look like there are people trapped inside your garage trying to get out (arms up on the windows). To up the creepiness factor, you could make the arm cut outs look like the fingers are extra pointy and abnormally long. Eeeeek!

Wicked Webs

This is one of the cheapest ways you can decorate your garage door for Halloween this year.

Go grab...

  1. Push pins or tacks
  2. Glow-in-the-dark spider webs
  3. 2 Black light bulbs

Plan of attack...

  • Purchase enough glow in the dark spider webs to cover as much of your garage door as you'd like.
  • Stretch and secure the spider web across your garage with the push pins along the side of the garage door frame.
  • Replace the light bulbs on both sides of your garage door with black light bulbs.


The black light bulbs will make that glow-in-the-dark spider web glow extra bright, casting an eerie glow onto your lawn. Remember the more you layer and stretch out the spider web, the more realistic it will look.

Simply Smashing Garage Door

This is both a cheap and easy way to have a little fun with your garage door Halloween decorations, because... you can do it for free!

Go grab...

  1. A pair of old pants
  2. A pair of old shoes
  3. A few safety pins

Plan of attack...

  • Stuff the pair of old pants with newspaper
  • Attach each shoe to the end of each pant leg with the safety pins
  • Close the garage door down on the pants so that the pants and shoes stick out onto the driveway


This silly decoration will make it look like somebody got smushed by the garage door! You can tweak this idea in any way you want too. For instance, if you had clown shoes from a past costume, you could substitute the ordinary shoes with the clown shoes.

Or, you could stuff an old flannel shirt and attach it to the pants to make it look like a scarecrow was trying to sneak into your garage, but got caught in the process.

This idea is good when your driveway and garage area are well lit, because, after all that hard work (laugh), you want the trick-or-treaters to see your genius decoration.

Garage Door Grin

This ghastly grin is great for any kind of weather conditions you might run into Halloween night. I would suggest you decorate the day of, because the decoration might not hold up for longer than one night.

Go grab...

  1. A disposable plastic tablecloth in whatever color you'd like (I would go for red in this case).
  2. Tape
  3. Push pins
  4. Scissors

Plan of attack...

  • Stretch the table cloth out and make sure it can span the width of your garage door.
  • Cut the plastic in half
  • Use one half of the table cloth to make the top row of scary looking teeth or lips, and the other half to make the bottom row of teeth and lips. You could go for a vampire mouth with fangs, or a pumpkin carving look with goofy crooked teeth and zig-zag cuts, or any other idea you can think of.
  • Fold tape along the edges of the cutouts you just made, so the plastic won't rip as easily when it's outside.
  • Pin both cut outs to the sides of your garage. Push the pins through the taped portion of the plastic so the pin won't rip the plastic table cloth.


This idea turns your garage door into a giant mouth, smack dab on the front of your house. I like the flexibility of this idea because you can make your garage grin as scary, or goofy, or beastly, as you like.

Psycho Themed Garage Door

If you are going for Psycho themed outdoor Halloween decorations for your whole house, this is the perfect idea for your garage. It could look out of place as a stand alone decoration.

Now Grab...

  1. Masking tape

Plan of attack...

  • Using masking tape, tape off your garage door to look like a row of doors to The Bates Motel rooms.

  • Put masking tape numbers on each of the squared off areas (doors) and call it good!


The row of taped off areas will look like a row of motel doors. You could even tape off an area above the doors, and (using the tape) write The Bates Motel.

Crime Scene

Go Grab...

  1. Purchase some "DO NOT ENTER" or "CAUTION" tape.
  2. Scotch tape
  3. White chalk

Plan of attack...

  • Wrap the "Do Not Enter" or "Caution" tape around your garage door. You don't even have to stop there, keep wrapping and by the time you've used all the tape, your whole house might be turned into a crime scene.
  • Secure the crime scene tape with some scotch tape.
  • Grab somebody and have them lie down on your driveway so you can trace an outline of their body with the white chalk.


Your garage door will make a pretty interesting statement covered in "CAUTION" and "DO NOT ENTER" tape this Halloween. The chalk outlines on your driveway will also add something extra to your crime scene theme.

Ghostly Graveyard

When most people decorate their lawn to look like a graveyard for Halloween, they leave their garage untouched. But, here's a fun way to include your garage door in the decorations. It's a big space, so don't waste it!

Go grab...

  1. Some cardboard boxes
  2. Black spray paint
  3. Tape

Plan of attack...

  • Cut up the cardboard boxes into strips about 3 inches wide
  • Spray paint the strips black
  • Arrange them on your garage door into as a scary wrought iron fence.
  • Trace, and cut out a scary tree and some gravestones as well.


The wrought iron cardboard fence across your garage door will help set the scene of a creepy graveyard. You could even use a few sheets of black poster board as a substitution to the cardboard, if you prefer.

You could cut out a smaller picture of a witch flying on a broomstick to stick to the upper portion of your door, above the fence. Place the cutout of the tree along the side of your garage door.

Wrap up

I hope these quick and easy Halloween garage door decoration ideas help you get in the Halloween spirit this year.


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    • carcinojen profile image

      Jen Owens 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Loads of great ideas here. Never thought to do much with the garage door. Thanks!

    • Dan90017 profile image

      Dan90017 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      These are some pretty neat ideas!