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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.

Source: Halloween 2000, Volume 2000


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.


  • Scissors

  • Double-sided tape

  • Black construction paper


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

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

  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.

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