If you’re reading this, you’re probably already pumped up for the Halloween season. And let me tell you, you have definitely come to the right place. Halloween is great for many reasons – from the candy, the festive drinks and seasonal movies, to dressing up as whoever or whatever you want to be. One of the most exciting parts of this season is decorating. You can decorate your place with Halloween room decor that is scary, silly, or just plain cute, and it’s all perfectly acceptable. Keep it affordable and simple this year with some fun items to use as Halloween dorm decorations.
Whether you’re living the broke college student lifestyle or just a fan of DIY projects, there are plenty of ways to spookily decorate your place while avoiding the most lavish decorations in town. In fact, the most creative decorations don’t have to cost much at all. With just the right tips, you can have the best Halloween residence in the hall or place on the street.
With these tips and tricks, you’ll have a store of Halloween decorations and dorm-friendly options to impress all your friends with, and soon you’ll be known as the seasonal decorator to live up to. Here are 15 easy, fun, and inexpensive Halloween decorations to get inspired this spooky season.
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1. Spooky Halloween Gallery Wall
The secret to the easiest Halloween decorations? Change the decor you already have. Swap your regular gallery wall for some spooky additions and pick up some inexpensive frames at a local thrift store or hang them up.
2. Your own personal pumpkin
This is not your normal pumpkin carving, folks. Go all out and let your pumpkin express your personal style. Gather your friends one afternoon and get creative with paint, glitter, studs, and whatever else you can think of.
3. Balloon animal decorations
Are there really good balloon animal artists in your hall? No? That’s perfectly fine. A few YouTube tutorials will have you creating cheap and spooky AF decor in minutes.
4. Cobweb frame
All you really need to do for these DIY sites is take a trip to the dollar store, but you can definitely find these items elsewhere as well. With the help of a glue gun, assembly is faster than you can say, “Boo!” Just form the string into a web shape, glue it to the frame, glue on the spider, and you’re good to go. Plus, you get a really cool frame that you can use year after year.
5. Skeletons In A Jar
Looking for something a little more whimsical? Sounds like you might be into this DIY option. Skeletons in a jar are just spooky enough to be from a creepy lab and perfect for the Halloween season – and best of all, cheap! Simply place a mini skeleton figurine in the mason jar and fill it with water. Then add some food coloring to make the water different colors if you like.
6. LED Halloween lights
In your dorm room, you really can’t go wrong with string lights to set the vibe. String lights with little pumpkins, cute ghosts, and sparkling cobwebs? These are all ideal Halloween decorations.
7. Cobweb trays and sweets
These spider web bowls make super cute decorations on their own, but to be super festive, definitely add some seasonal candy. People will be at your door all month long (but you may need to refill often).
8. A really big cobweb
Not into the little DIYs? Go big or go home with a giant spider web that you can just buy and throw at the wall. Stick it on your dorm wall, outside your door or on your ceiling.
9. Decorate Festive Pillows
Adding Halloween spirit to your bed or couch can be as easy as adding a pillow cover. Make it a fun DIY project with one of your friends, or buy a set on Amazon, like this spooky vintage-inspired one. The best part? You can reuse them forever.
10. Mummy Mason Jars
How cute are mummy mason jars? You’ll really only need to spend a few bucks to grab some cheesecloth or gauze, in addition to some mason jars and some googly eyes to achieve this cute Halloween staple. If you’re feeling extra, add some tea lights for instant mood lighting and you’re good to go.
11. Glow Stick Broomsticks
If you’re looking for a cute and easy DIY decor item that you can do while watching TV or drinking tea, these mini glow stick broomsticks by Debbie Chapman of One Little Project are the thing to do. Simply buy some bracelet-sized glow sticks and use the basic craft supplies of string, double-sided tape, scissors, paper and cardboard to make them. Whip them up, hang them on your dorm door and give them to your friends to hang on theirs. It’s an instant broom group, and it’s oh-so-adorable.
12. Bat Wall Decals
Stickers can sometimes be on the more expensive side, but if you play your cards right, you can earn a few for just a few bucks. These bat wall decals add just the right touch of Halloween spirit to your place without going overboard.
13. Wine bottle Christmas sticks
This simple DIY decoration looks like something straight out of a witch’s or vampire’s lair. And let’s be honest, you might have more than a few empty — or soon-to-be empty — wine bottles hanging around your apartment. Just paint a few bottles matte black and stick the taper candles right on top for some eerie ambient lighting.
14. Pom Pom Garlands
If you’re not one for all the spooky and scary decor and are more into the seasonal colors of everything, making a cute and cuddly wreath with Halloween and vintage-inspired hues is the perfect simple DIY for the cozy core space. Thread the pom poms with a needle to a strand of yarn and you’re done! And if that doesn’t sound easy enough, there are plenty of tutorials out there to help you hone the craft.
15. Garbage Bag Cobwebs
Literally all you need to make some giant spider web ornaments are some black garbage bags, scissors, and a step-by-step guide on how to cut the shape. And voilà – an easy and affordable DIY that will transform your room into a Halloween haven.
Once you’ve decorated the place, throw a Halloween party to show off your hard work. Happy Ghost Season!
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