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Decorating Your Dorm for Halloween on a Budget

Being in college, it’s hard to find the time or the space to decorate for the holidays. With Halloween being as special and spooky as it is, it deserves some time spent decorating and rearranging your room (…I mean how else do you plan on procrastinating studying and midterms at 2 a.m.?). With space constraints in a dorm and operating on a college student budget doesn’t seem to provide many options for decorating your space, but to put your mind at ease for spooky season, here are some easy ways to decorate for the holiday, maybe even with your friends or roommates to make it more festive. 

Carve A Pumpkin

Pumpkin carving is essential for Halloween and since it doesn’t require many tools or equipment, it’s perfect for the season. All you need is a pumpkin, which you can find for under $10 and a good knife to carve into it. If you want to be really fancy, you can get a special pumpkin carving knife kit for around $20, but you can use a regular kitchen knife from Dollar Tree as long as you’re careful. Speaking of which, you can get a tea light candle or an electronic one from Dollar Tree depending on your dorm’s regulations about candles.

Paint A Pumpkin

If your knife skills aren’t up to par, opt for painting a design on a pumpkin instead of carving it. This allows for a little for creativity as you can paint more detailed than you can carve. If you really want to be over the top, do a combination of the two, for a unique and fun design. 

Change Your Bedding

Changing your bedding to a more festive one can change the entire atmosphere of your room. A themed room of decorations can make it a bit more cohesive and put you in the Halloween spirit. Bedding with spiders, bats, pumpkins, or even astrology and constellations can make your room seems more spooky. Even changing it to all-black bedding (black sheets, black pillowcases, black comforter) can make your room seem more spooky and all your witchy fantasies come true, not to mention that they’re versatile and can be used year-round. 

Add Spider Webs

Decorative spider webs are an easy, mess-free solution to decorating your space for Halloween. They’re spooky and easy to hang with command string across your walls and ceilings (and those textbooks that you’re supposed to be reading, but haven’t quite gotten around to it). You can even spice them up by adding fairy lights in them so they light up your room.

Use Trick-Or-Treat Pails

Halloween pails were super fashionable when we were kids, but even now, using cheap Halloween pails can make your space more Halloween ready. Or, for a more mature vibe, go for plastic cauldrons, especially if you are going for the witchy aesthetic. They can be used to store your own snacks and treats, or other items such as stationery and desk supplies.

Maia is a senior at VCU double majoring in Print/Online Journalism and Fashion Merchandising. She loves to write about fashion and beauty and spends her free time reading, writing, and taking naps.
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