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Arachnid Descent




Feeling mischievous? Rig up rubber spiders to rise and fall before trick-or-treaters as you open the door.


  • Screw eyes
  • Three 10-foot lengths of monofilament (5- to 10- pound weight)
  • Needle
  • Plastic spiders


  1. Step 1

    Attach 3 screw eyes to the top of your door's outer frame, spacing them a few inches apart.

  2. Step 2

    Attach a fourth screw eye (a removable adhesive plastic hook will also work) to the ceiling above the door frame; it should be about 3 feet from the door and in line with the hinges.

  3. Step 3

    Cut three 10-foot lengths of monofilament (5- to 10- pound weight).

  4. Step 4

    Using a needle, attach a spider to one end of each strand. Run opposite end through a screw eye in the door frame.

  5. Step 5

    Gather all three lengths, and thread them through ceiling hook.

  6. Step 6

    With the door almost closed, adjust the monofilament, so the spiders rest at different heights above kids' heads.

  7. Step 7

    Tie the monofilament to doorknob.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2006



Reviews (1)

  • Ludona 16 Oct, 2014

    My mother-in-law rigged up this rising/falling spider for our kids when they were little and now this year my husband is following your instructions to create it for our visiting grandchildren. Thanks for helping us keep up with family traditions Martha.