Glowing Spooky Eyes in the Windows Tutorial

October 23, 2013Allison Murray
Glowing Spooky Eyes in the Windows Tutorial

Glowing Spooky Eyes in the Windows Tutorial

Today we’re going super cheap and super high impact with spooky eyes in the windows!

When I moved to the country that first year I bought several bags of candy, got my porch all ready and turned on the light. Nobody came. Not even the little neighbor girls! As my favorite holiday it was something I had looked forward to all year and it was a total and complete bust. Turns out all of the country kids load up into a big van and go trick or treating “in the city”. I was irritated and down on everything all about this sucky Halloween. 


But this year I’ve decided that I’m going to decorate for Halloween for me. Who cares that no little ones come up to my door? Nowadays I instead make the 3 hour trek to my sister’s and we take the boys trick or treating. It’s every bit as much fun… maybe even more because I’m with my two favorite little kids in the whole world.

So this year I started making spooky eyes in the windows and decided that it would make a good tutorial since the project is super cheap and super easy. Let’s get it.

For this project you will need:

  • black poster board
  • X-acto knife
  • tissue paper (I used light yellow because it is what I had but I’d go bright yellow or orange)
  • watered down glue or decoupage
  • electrical tape
  • black marker (optional)

Measure out your windows to determine how much posterboard you will need. For most of my windows, which are pretty standard sized I would need 3 pieces of cardboard trimmed as  needed to fit nicely. For the window I used as an example, I only needed a single piece.


Lightly draw and cut out some creepy looking eyes from the poster board. A Google search for “spooky eyes” is a big help!


Take a black magic marker and run around the cuts to take away the glaring white edges. This is, of course, totally optional unless you’re nit-picky like me.


Cut pieces of tissue paper that are slightly bigger than your eyes. Use watered down glue or decoupage brushed onto the tissue paper to cause it to stick down to the cardboard. Allow to fully dry.


Place the cardboard in the window and tape it down with electrical tape (it’s black so you won’t notice it on the other side of the window). My first go I used old, old electrical tape and it kept peeling away through the day. I wound up using a brand new wrapped up roll and several days later, the poster board is up with no issues whatsoever.

Glowing Spooky Eyes in the Windows Tutorial

When it gets dark out, turn on the light in the room and you’re all set! If I do this again, I’ll use different colored tissue paper to get bolder results.

Will your house be sporting some super easy, super spooky eyes?

Comments (4)

  • Ниакрис

    October 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Oh, that’s cool and scary! I gave the same way as you, the stars on the ceiling for the baby. Those eyes look like cartoons.
    (Sorry about the weird translation, but helps me Google Translator)

    1. Allison

      October 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      I’m so glad you like it. I bet those stars are amazing :) And no worries. I use Google Translator all of the time. It works well enough :)

  • Carol

    October 23, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    That’s funny—we are a neighborhood of families whose children are all grown. Yet we have almost 200 kids come to our door on Halloween. We see the vans drive up and unload. It’s not so bad until the older teens come (we see them get out of THEIR cars). It used to be my favorite holiday but not so much anymore.

    1. Allison

      October 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      I can see that. When I lived in a really popular Trick or Treating neighborhood we once got a group of teenagers who were smoking that came up to the door. They were told if they were old enough to smoke then they were too old to be trick or treating. I’m sorry that the day isn’t so much fun for you anymore. That’s such a shame!

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