How to Decorate Your Dorm, Apartment for Halloween

By Carmen Castillo 


Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays out there especially on the U of I campus. UIUC students love Halloween – we can dress up as whoever or whatever we want and party all night. But the best part about Halloween is the excitement you get in preparing for it.

Decorating is one of the best parts about Halloween, but it’s impossible to decorate in a tiny dorm room or apartment, right? WRONG! Here a few ideas that could make your dorm or apartment Halloween friendly.


Little Pumpkins




Pumpkins will give your room a fall vibe like no other. Little pumpkins are easy to place on a desk, or maybe on a table in your apartment, without taking up a ton of space. If you can add candles like in the photo, it’ll make your “home away from home” that much more cozy (you might just have to remove the stem). But of course, residence halls do not allow candles. If that is your case, you can always place the pumpkins in a solid tray or a see-through glass container. They will also be fine placed somewhere on their own.

Spider Webs


Of course, adding spider webs to your dorm or apartment is extremely optional. Not everyone is a fan of webs, but if you go all out for Halloween you should definitely try this. You can also attach fake spiders for a creepier feel.


Halloween Welcome Mat




This might be more possible for those with apartments, but you can also do this for dorms as well. Doormats will let everyone who walks past your door know about your joy for Halloween. It’s also a very welcoming gesture, so you can’t go wrong no matter what you pick. The spookier the better! Halloween doormats can be found on Google for less than twenty dollars.


Halloween Pillows




Buying pillows specifically for Halloween can be a little pricey, but it will definitely make your bed ten times more fun. You can choose a mature Halloween bed theme by buying a black blanket to go with your pillows, or you can buy a bright orange blanket to make it more colorful. Other than that, all you really need are spider web pillows, spider pillows or pumpkin pillows.


Halloween Shower Curtain (Apt.)


If you live in an apartment, you can have a little bit more fun decorating for Halloween. Decorating your bathroom will make the space more exciting and enjoyable. Not to mention your guests will be extremely impressed with how much effort you have put into your home.

Chalkboard/Whiteboard Drawings

Lastly, something simple that you can do to decorate for Halloween is to put a little sign on your door. It can be a countdown for Halloween; it could be Halloween drawings on a chalkboard or a whiteboard; it can even be Halloween pictures that you just print out and put on your door.

You really don’t have to do much to decorate for Halloween. Anything can make your dorm room or apartment Halloween friendly. All you have to do is put in a little effort, and your room/apartment will be all set for the spookiest time of the year.


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