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Dorm-Friendly Halloween Decor To Add To Your Room This Year

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If there’s one thing I love about the fall and Halloween, it’s the decor. From colorful leaves and pumpkins to spooky ghosts and skeletons, decorating for the holiday can be relaxing and fun. I could spend hours on Pinterest searching for Halloween decor inspiration and play around with endless ideas. Speaking of fun, one place that should always have fun decor is your dorm room! I’ve decorated my room for all of the holidays over the years. I used to run to Target and IKEA for the cutest home decor items, and spent the weekend trying to replicate the coziness of my home. 
With the back-to-school season underway, now is the perfect time to start decorating your dorm for the fall, and especially for Halloween. Even if your room aesthetic isn’t filled with orange and other Halloween colors, you can still add cute items to your dorm room for some spooky Halloween vibes. And with online shopping — like Amazon and the TikTok Shop — it’s even easier to shop for Halloween dorm decor. There are so many ways to decorate your dorm for Halloween without ruining the walls or furniture. So here are some dorm-friendly decor ideas for Halloween that will be sure to give your classmates a fun fright!

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are a great way to add some pop to your dorm room! There are so many different types to choose from, too! Target has a huge assortment of Halloween throw pillows with cute sayings and fun images, but I really love this $25 knit pumpkin pillow. It comes in orange, green, and tan, which would look cute on your bed or bookshelf!

Spooky Lighting

I love having different types of lighting in my room. Warm string lights are great for creating a cozy atmosphere, but for Halloween, why not go for something a little spookier? Any color like orange, yellow, or purple would be great for Halloween. This spiderweb LED light is on Amazon for $17 and comes in orange or purple. It also comes with a remote for different modes. Imagine hosting a scary movie night and having this cobweb light across your wall!

Halloween Posters

Nothing screams Halloween like some aesthetic wall decor. Amazon sells numerous wall collage kits, like this Halloween-themed one that has 50 prints! You could frame them throughout your dorm, or create a statement by creating a big collage.

Candles & Fragrance Plug-Ins

Enveloping your room with fall scents creates the perfect dorm atmosphere. Of course, most campuses don’t allow lit candles, so I would recommend a fragrance plug! Bath & Body Works sells many scents and plug-ins, like this Haunted Castle Projector ($40). Not only does it waft your favorite fall fragrances throughout your space, but it also features bat and blood moon wall projections. If you have a fall candle that you really want in your room, try opting for a candle warmer to avoid any fire mishaps. 

Bedding & Blankets

The great thing about college dorms is that you can always swap things out. Just like swapping clothes for the cool weather, try swapping out your bedding for a spooky Halloween atmosphere. This pumpkin orange duvet cover is the perfect color for Halloween — imagine pairing it with this ghostly throw blanket from IKEA. Perfection.

Decorating for the spooky season can be a breeze with this dorm-friendly guide. So fill your dorm with these fun and frightening items this Halloween!

Camille Birdsong is a Her Campus National Writer for the Style section. She writes weekly articles about all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and decor. Beyond Her Campus, Camille works as an Associate Producer for CNN Max. She previously worked at NBC News, where she produced heartwarming stories for the TODAY Show audience and viewers nationwide. Camille graduated in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Leadership Studies at Hampton University. She was the Director and Line Producer of her university’s newscast and has interned at NBC Nightly News, the TODAY Show and the Weekend TODAY Show. Camille is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and is passionate about sharing community-driven stories. In her downtime, she loves creating content, visiting new cafes, and obsessing over reality dating shows.