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5 Easy DIY Halloween Decorations for your Dorm Room

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Pitt chapter.

Want to decorate your dorm room to get in the spirit of Halloween but don’t know where to start? There are so many ways to decorate your room with simple crafting products, rather than going to buy decorations. Here are five simple, cute, and different ways to decorate your dorm room and make it look awesome for Halloween!

1. Monster door decoration. Grab some construction paper or oak tag, and create your own personal monster on your dorm door! First, cover the door fully with black; then make a small section of red. Finally, cut out white triangles for fangs and orange for some squinting eyes, and bam, you’re set! Your door will instantly stand out from the others on your floor, and they’ll have to enter at their own risk!

2. Clothespin bats.  Want to have some decorations hanging above you and your friends’ heads, floating around and looking down at you?  Grab some clothespins and black construction paper! Color several clothespins black with a marker, and cut out the shape of bats on construction paper (you can always Google image if, like me, you wouldn’t know where to begin with cutting out a bat). Then glue the bats to the black clothespins and hook them in different locations around your room.  You could even take a string of yarn and hang them in a row across your room!  These bats will looks creepy and create an eerie mood for Halloween!

3. Melted crayon pumpkins.  Not too creative when it comes to carving a pumpkin?  I know that when I try to carve them, it ends up being a big fail.  This pumpkin is cool, creative, and unique.  It’s easy to do, and only requires a large white pumpkin (real or faux) or use an orange one if you choose, some tacky glue, 16-20 crayons, a hair dryer, and some newspapers or trash bags to work on.  Check out this site for further instructions and a visual tutorial on how to make this pumpkin.

4. Water jug lanterns.  These decorations are so easy to make and all it takes is a milk or water jug, a black sharpie, a craft knife, and a string of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights. To make this, you can first draw ghost eyes and a mouth on the jug. Get creative and pick any design you want! Make sure to leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent. Next, take the craft knife and cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug. When done, arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them (stuff several bulbs into each of the jugs).

5. Glow in the dark eyes.  Who would have thought that toilet paper rolls could make an awesome Halloween decoration? If you’re looking to spook your friends or your roommate out, take toilet paper rolls, cut out different eye shapes in them, and put a couple of glow sticks in the roll. Duct tape the sides of the roll, place around your room, and you’ll have some eyes out at nighttime!

6) The classic lollipop ghost. I’m sure most of you have probably made this one back in your elementary school days. A classic kid decoration, all you need is a bag of lollipops, tissues, and either rubber bands or, if you want to get fancy, some ribbon to tie around the lollipop. Hang them around your room, and you have some spooky (yet cute) ghosts!


There you have it!  With these decorations, your room is sure to look awesome.  Have a happy Halloween!


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Katie handles the day-to-day management, development and expansion of our chapter network to ensure that our on-campus presence is stronger than ever. She recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Communication. Her extensive Her Campus background dates back to 2012 and she has since held the position of Campus Correspondent and Chapter Advisor. When Katie isn’t watching the Pittsburgh Penguins, you can find her trying new restaurants, obsessing over her long list of shows (The O.C., Scandal and Gilmore Girls are top picks) or setting out to find the perfect donut.
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