How to Decorate for Halloween with Fireplace Bats

If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to decorate your fireplace for Halloween, look no further! This quick and easy decorating diy will show you how to attach paper or plastic bats to your fireplace so that it looks like they are flying up and out.

You’ll have a spooky scene that is sure to impress your guests and give you a little fright in the night. So let’s get started!

A fireplace with pumpkins lined up on the mantel.

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There’s a Bat in the House!

I am not a fan of bats.

Real ones, I mean.

Yes, I know they are relatively harmless and eat lots of annoying insects but…

… they scare me!

My single close encounter with a bat was in a charming mountain cabin rental.

How this bat got into the cabin, I have no idea.

And, since I ran screaming outside and left my husband and daughter to take care of the situation, I never really found out.

Neither bat nor human was harmed.

(Later on I found out that bats would sleep and cling to the backs of the shutters all day long!…Eek!)

Halloween Bats on a Fireplace

So, I decided to continue decorating the living room for Fall by adding a little Halloween vibe.

Using bats!

This little decorating project calls for harmless paper or plastic bats.

You can cut out your own…

…or just order this inexpensive set of 3D decorative wall bats.

Plastic bats and double sided stickers.

This set of bats comes with 4 different sizes and little sticky tabs for attaching.

Just bend the bats at the scored line by the wings and attach one of the small double-sided stickers.

The bats have a shiny side and a matte side. I chose the matte side for a more realistic look.

Because its Halloween time and a realistic bat scares me!

Bending the bat wings and attaching the double sided stickers.

Bats in Flight

Once all of your bats are taped up, it’s time to start attaching them to the fireplace and surrounding wall.

Start at the fireplace opening and work your way up and out diagonally, placing the bats so that it looks like they are flying up and out.

Let’s face it…within the context of Halloween bats, the houndstooth tiles on our fireplace actually look like bats! So, I started placing my bats on the white surround as a continuation from the tile.

This guided me in the direction of my bats, but you can go any direction you want.

I continuously stepped back to check on the bat’s progress and changed their position occasionally.

Once you’re satisfied with the placement of your bats, step back and enjoy your handiwork!

Halloween bats attached to a fireplace for spooky decor.

Stick bats to the fireplace tile, the surround, or any decor that happens to be in the line of fire.

This bat found a resting place on a mantel pumpkin!

A plastic bat stuck to a pumpkin.

These are the kind of bats that I like to have hanging around the house!

Plastic bats attached to a fireplace and surrounding wall for spooky Halloween decor.

There you have it! A quick and easy way to decorate your fireplace for Halloween. This fun and festive project is sure to impress your guests, and it’s something that the whole family can enjoy.

So put on some spooky music, grab some candy, and get ready for a hauntingly good time!


Decorating for Fall? Check out these posts!

Fall Decorating Ideas

How to Make a Hanging Pumpkin Ball

An Easy Grapevine Wreath for Fall

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Plastic bats attached to a fireplace for Halloween decor.


  1. Well, how darn cute is this? I love it, Missy! I don’t usually decorate for Halloween, but whenever I see fun ideas like this I think that I need to start. I’m going to share a photo and link to your spooky bat mantel with my readers this Saturday for my week in rewind post. I think they’ll love it too.

    Happy October!

    1. You know, Jen…I normally don’t do a whole lot with decorating for Halloween either. But these bats just captured my attention and were super fun and easy to do. Thank you so much for sharing the post in your Saturday rewind. I will look forward to reading your whole post!

    1. Such a fun link party! I am glad to be part of it! Thanks so much for checking out my Halloween bats!

  2. So cute Missy! I opted for buying them too – so much easier. My daughter made her own and covered our window and made it look like they were coming up through a vent. It was creepy!!! I love how yours look and liked that you even applied them to the pumpkins!

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