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Staircase Silhouette Halloween Decorations

Greet trick-or-treaters with a menacing silhouette that climbs the stairs. The rise on steps doesn't differ much from one staircase to another, so these pieces can be saved and used in another location next year.

Introduction

Shadows are emblematic of Halloween: dark and fleeting, and always lurking a step behind you. But decorating with them is impossible -- at least without black magic -- so use some black paper and a little craftiness to make silhouettes, and you'll get the next best thing. Our Halloween silhouettes are simple and inexpensive to make. Use our templates to haunt your home with a prowling shadowy figure.

Searching for other Halloween decorating ideas? Let Candle Creatures, a Flying Witch, and spooky Window Decorations rule the roost on the scariest night of the year.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    To make a large silhouette for your staircase, print out our staircase template; cut out each section.

  2. Step 2

    Following the numbered diagram, tape together the sections for each stair (numbered 1 through 9) at the dotted lines.

  3. Step 3

    Trace onto pieced-together black construction paper, and cut out. Number the back of each stair section according to the diagram; attach each section to the appropriate stair riser with double-sided tape.

Source
Halloween 2000, Volume 2000

Reviews (13)

  • martamar 28 Sep, 2011

    I could not find the bat template, its so hard to find what you want .

  • bossygirl 24 Sep, 2011

    In my Oct. 2011 issue of MSLiving, page 56,there is a website for a hanging bat. I can find no such website on line. Only a template for bat wings for a costume.
    Where would the hanging bat template be found?

  • Gabstar 26 Apr, 2010

    Me too, is the upside down bat available and I just can't see the link or is it unavailable?????

  • lipsofnangel 23 Oct, 2009

    I'd also like a template for the upside down bat!

  • Alyssakid00 26 Sep, 2009

    tHey would be so spooky in my room. I like spooky

  • soapgal 21 Sep, 2009

    I got mine at Michaels where they carry Martha Stewart merch.

  • katie000 13 Sep, 2009

    Love the bats!!! Where can I get the Hanging upside down bats at or the template?

  • Manda333 5 Nov, 2008

    I used the bats and the man silhouettes and they looked awesome! I received so many compliments. They were the perfect touch to the rest of my decorations.

  • Manda333 5 Nov, 2008

    I used the bats and the man silhouettes and they looked awesome! I received so many compliments. They were the perfect touch to the rest of my decorations.

  • sweetdreams814 5 Oct, 2008

    This is an awesome effect on our stairway, very spooky!

  • SHess2004 1 Oct, 2008

    Our Halloween Party theme this year is Mad Scientist. This will be a great decoration to help transform the house into a Mad Scientists lab

  • SHess2004 1 Oct, 2008

    Our Halloween Party theme this year is Mad Scientist. This will be a great decoration to help transform the house into a Mad Scientists lab

  • traymckay 5 Sep, 2008

    My kids and some of their friends made the bat silhouettes a few years ago, it ended up looking amazing on the wall. We used a little yellow glitter glue for eyes, we also used white gel pens to make funny faces. I was most surprized by how good they looked after I had stored them and put them up again the next year. Now my kids add to our bat collection with new ones each season.