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How to live your best Halloween lifestyle

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

Halloween isn’t just a holiday- its a lifestyle.

To me, the best parts of Halloween are the decorations. Turning my home into a haunted house is my favorite fall activity; so much so that I usually leave my fall décor up year round! However, you don’t have to decorate using spooky things to live the lifestyle! Here are a few subtle and not-so-subtle ways to show your love for the fall aesthetic.

Have fun with color

The color pallet associated with fall is one of my favorite parts. Changing up your curtains, bedding, rugs, and home décor is a wonderfully subtle way to spruce up the house for the fall months. Deep oranges, muted turquoise, and brown tones are all beautiful fall colors, and they also can be left up year round. However, if you’re like me, you can also find specifically themed Halloween home décor with fun spooky patterns. Learning to work with color is a wonderful way to be festive, and it can help you prepare for other holidays and happenings. My favorite fall colors to pair together are burnt orange and deep turquoise. It reminds me of pumpkin patches in the evening, autumn in the Appalachian mountains, and cider on a cool day. A set of dark turquoise curtains paired with a burnt orange rug can be a wonderfully subtle way to bring the autumn life into your home, dorm, or apartment.

Pumpkin spice everything

Scent plays a big role in how we feel in our living space, and fall candles are perfect for cozy nights by the fireplace… or tv if that’s more of your vibe. However, for those living in dorms, candles and things with open flames may not be allowed. Wax burners (with a bulb, not a tea light) are wonderful and can last for weeks. I get mine from Target, and they have multiple beautiful designs to choose from. Scents like pumpkin spice, apple cider, and other warm sugary options are a great finishing touch for your fall-themed living space. Assuming that its an option, incense is also lovely and natural way to freshen up your home. These can be brought from anywhere, but I recommend finding a small business to buy from. And like with all household décor, use with caution around pets, as some scents can be toxic to them.

get creative

Outdoor décor can be a problem while in a dorm or apartment, but there are still ways to display your festivity! Opt for a spooky door hanger, or décor that can be seen through the window. Most places allow door mats to be placed in the halls, so a festive fall welcome mat can be cute and functional if you don’t want people tracking dirt in. Festive Halloween garland can also be found at the dollar store, and using command hooks to string it around your doorway is a wonderful way to make guests feel welcome in your living space. There are endless possibilities with a little creativity and a lot of Halloween spirit!

Halloween is a great excuse to get in touch with your inner interior designer, as well as give your living space some much needed TLC. Be creative, have fun, and live your best Halloween life!


Kennedy Brice

Valdosta '25

Lover of anything and everything. Writer, artist, student. Stay curious.