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Decorating Your Dorm on a Budget

 

It’s spooky season wa-BOOS! Things this year have been tough enough already, and we don’t need to add a depressing Halloween to the list. I’ve gone through the trouble of digging through Amazon to find the cutest, cheapest Halloween decorations on the site. Go ahead and spice up your dorm with this quick list, and, of course, because college students are tight on cash, everything here is under $15. We’re just looking out for you and your wallet. Go ahead and get your spook on!

Lights

Just imagine it’s the end of October, you’ve absolutely crushed your homework for the day, and you’re settling into your bed to watch Hocus Pocus. You reach over and turn on your new halloween LED lights, and you feel at peace. If you’re looking for something more multi-purpose, the orange string lights serve a purpose all year. The ghost and the pumpkin lights are more themed, but they are ADORABLE. 

Orange string lights 

LED Ghost

Pumpkin Lights

Decals and Door Decorations

If you’re a big halloween decoration nerd (like I am), then decals and other wall decorations are a must. Go big or go home with the 146 decals or keep it simple with some tasteful bat cutouts. Don’t forget your windows too! It’s important to give the people outside a good scare too. 

146 Halloween Decals 

Eat, drink, and be scary decal

Cute Halloween Decal

Paper Bats

Pillows

With all the spook going on, it’s important to keep your room as comfortable as possible, and these pillows get the job done. The “Morning Pumpkin” pillow keeps the room warm and loving, while the Skeleton pillow is sure to give you and your roommate a good laugh. If you’re into an edgier Halloween aesthetic, the vintage pillow set is probably for you. Whatever design you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. 

BOO Pillow

Morning Pumpkin Pillow

Vintage Halloween Pillows

Dancing skeleton pillow 

Hocus Pocus Time Pillow

Dress up your Desk!

If you’re feeling like your room isn’t busy enough between the lights, decals, and pillows, I would recommend going for some additives on your desk. The burlap banner would look great on your university-issued bulletin board, and just imagine the friendly ghost cheering you on while you do your homework.  

Fake pumpkins 

Happy Halloween Burlap Banner

Friendly Ghost

Jewelry

Last but not least, don’t forget to dress yourself! Costumes are a big deal, but no one is stopping you from throwing on sprinkling in some Halloween spirit in all your outfits. The star drop earrings and snake rings are more understated, but would look amazing with any fall outfit. If you want to show the world how festive you are, the pumpkin earrings and retro skull bracelet can make that happen. 

Retro skull bracelet 

Moon and Star drop earrings 

Pumpkin Earrings 

Snake Rings

Madeleine McCollum is from Bethesda, Maryland, and is thrilled about starting her career at Her Campus UVA. She has interned for Lerch, Early & Brewer Law firm and Compass realty, assisting with their marketing operations. She served as her class treasurer in high school for three years as well, primarily leading fundraising operations and coordinating the budget. As a first year at UVA, she is very excited to begin her first role as a writer. In her free time, Madeleine loves to get out into nature, travel, curl up with a book, and exercise.
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