I have a real bad case of arachnophobia, so I don’t even know what I was thinking when I agreed to find giant Halloween spiders for our house! Except that I do love watching my kids get excited about the holidays. So I suppose if that means standing on my roof and attaching these oversized Halloween spiders, well at least it put a temporary smile on my middle schooler’s face.
This was actually super simple and we did it after school one afternoon! I am sure you can DIY the spiders. Once I started adding up all the materials and time it would take to make my own Halloween spiders, that idea went out the window. I also was imagining random pieces of the spiders blowing off the house in a strong gust of wind. I know my limits! So I did what I always do and got on Amazon.
Giant Halloween Spiders On Our House
I wanted the absolute biggest spiders for the cheapest amount of money. These are largest I could find anywhere- they are almost 7.5 feet if you were to stretch each leg out end to end! The body isn’t huge, and I contemplated making that bigger with black faux fur and something attached underneath. Again, too much work (see a theme here?).
I included all the materials off Amazon, for all you slackers like me. 😉
- Giant Halloween Spiders (I ordered 5)
- Zip Ties
- Zip Tie Mounts
- Hot Glue Gun (Basically my 5th child! I have been using this gun for 10 years at least. I am not crafty these days but with kids I get so much use out of this. Mine is super reliable because it is heavy duty. These glue sticks are the ones I use that fit inside.)
The giant Halloween spiders arrive in a small box. Inside they all folded up, but look at how big this guy is right after I took him out of the box!
Just looking at this giant Halloween spider makes me get chills. Yuck. I can just imagine it coming alive!
The arms have bendable metal inside, which is great for attaching! I was able to hang one up outside my garage windows by bending his legs over my shutter hinges. That worked out well, but I needed something sturdy for the other spiders that would cling to the brick and siding of our house.
How I Attached The Giant Halloween Spiders To My House
Of course this goes without saying, but if you’re standing on a roof please be careful. It’s not worth risking your life to put a silly Halloween spider up! Please don’t be dumb.
The mounting pad is a little flat square with adhesive on the back. You’re not going to use the adhesive- that is too weak. (Make sure you take the adhesive backing sticker off when you attach the spiders. Hot glue won’t stick well to the plastic sticker backing!)
- Slide a zip tie through the mounting pad.
- Put just the end of a spider’s leg inside the zip tie, pull the zip tie tight, and bend the end of the leg a bit as extra precaution so it won’t slide out.
- You only need to do this for two or three of the spider’s front legs. Leave the rest alone to hang.
- Take a pause. When I was ready to attach the giant spider to my house, I didn’t see any neighbors passing by – and that was good because I looked legit crazy! Nobody is standing on their roof for Halloween decorations on October 1st except for me.
- Take off the adhesive backing sticker from the mounting pad. Using my hot glue gun, I put a dot of glue on the bricks, and put the mounting pad with the spider attached onto the glue dot. Once you get it stuck on, press firmly on the mounting pad for 30 seconds as the hot glue dries. Remember to bend the spiders leg so he can’t slide out.
That’s really it!
Since the mounting pad is clear, I am probably going to just leave the mounting pad up and cut off the zip ties when Halloween is over! My brick is painted white and I am not about to pull the paint off. Also, without the zip tie you can’t see the little mounting pad from down below.
Of course I will want to do this again next year and now it will be easy!
This entire project cost me about $110. I bought 5 giant spiders, so if you need less that would decrease the cost. Not too bad, given that I can do this for future Halloweens!
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