Get ahead of your dorm mates this season and start getting your dorm room ready for Halloween early! There are endless possibilities when it comes to Halloween decorations. For instance, you can do a full Hocus Pocus or Nightmare Before Christmas theme, or you can just throw together a bunch of random Halloween decorations to transform your dorm room into your very own ode to All Hallows’ Eve!
To help you get started decorating for this spooky season, check out this list of the 16 best Halloween decorations for your dorm room!
1. Halloween blanket or comforter
The first place you can get creative with Halloween decorations this year is your bed! Find a fall-themed comforter or decorative blanket at any online or local retailer, or whip up your own Halloween-themed quilt if you’re looking for a challenge.
2. Festive pillows
Complete your bed decor with a set of festive throw pillows that match your new comforter or blanket. These pillows are also common enough to be purchased at any online or local retailer, like Home Goods, Kohl’s, or Wayfair.
3. Floating candles
These floating candles will definitely add a spooky element to the overall ambiance in your dorm room. You can either purchase these floating candles online or make them yourself if you’re crafty! Check out this tutorial to make some floating candles and a copycat Hogwarts starry sky as featured in the Harry Potter movies!
4. Ghost welcome mat
Check out Pottery Barn, Target, or Etsy for some festive Halloween welcome mats. You can set this spooky decoration either just inside your dorm room or just outside if your school allows.
5. Pre-lit spooky trees
These festive pre-lit trees are perfect for setting the spooky mood at nighttime. These trees are great for placing on either side of your welcome mat if placed outside your dorm room. If placed inside your room, I recommend setting them up on either side of your desk or closet—wherever they stand out most!
6. Creepy hands holding lanterns
A great complement to your floating candles, these creepy hands will definitely spice up the spooky factor in your dorm room! Search for this Halloween decoration online at Etsy or Grandin Road, or check out your local party supply store to see what variation of this eerie decoration they have in stock!
7. Dripping DIY bottle candles
These creepy DIY dripping candles are a perfect Halloween project to show off in your dorm room! They are surprisingly easy to make and require very little time and materials, so check out this tutorial and make as many as is necessary to effectively spookify your dorm room!
8. Cut-out bats
One of the simplest yet most essential Halloween decorations for your dorm room, these cut-out bats can be easily recreated at home or purchased online. Hang them along your walls or ceiling for the spookiest effect!
9. Fall leaves garland
The possibilities are endless with fall leaf garlands, and you can hang or drape them just about anywhere in your dorm room! Get creative and make one yourself or shop at Michael’s, Etsy, or your local art supply store for inspiration.
10. It‘s Pennywise wreath
Perfect for either inside or outside your dorm room door, this Pennywise wreath is definitely one of the most unique Halloween decorations on this list! You can either find this wreath on Etsy or put your creativity to the test and recreate it on your own!
11. Spooky lampshade
Perfect for adding an eerie element to your late-night study sessions, Halloween-themed lampshades are bountiful at Amazon and Etsy. If you’re feeling creative, turn this into a DIY project and make a spooky lampshade of your very own! There are countless types of Halloween lampshades out there, so check out this video for inspiration when planning yours.
12. Mystic crystal ball
Everyone knows crystal balls are a staple in the traditional Halloween image! While these can run a bit pricey when crafted at high quality, you can find some reasonably priced mock crystal ball Halloween decorations at Walmart, Michael’s, or eBay. If you have plenty of time on your hands, then check out this tutorial and make your very own crystal ball that you can show off to your friends and family for many Halloweens to come!
13. Halloween coffee mug
Show off your Halloween spirit every day with your morning coffee! And when you’re done, place it next to your newly decorated lamp to add to the ambiance. Halloween coffee mugs can be found just about anywhere, but if you’re looking for some unique designs, check out online retailers Unifury, Harry & David, or Wish.
14. Festive mason jars
Get creative this fall season and decorate some mason jars! This is a great project to undertake with your roommate, and you’ll want to check out this video for inspiration. Or, if you’re running super short on time, check out Etsy or Amazon and purchase a set of pre-decorated jars! As a finishing touch, fill them with some fake fall leaf decor or fresh flowers from your school’s garden.
15. Purple & orange string lights
The most traditional and most essential of all the Halloween decorations on this list, purple and orange string lights are a must for your Halloween-themed dorm room! Either hang these string lights throughout your room in a spooky pattern or run them along the perimeter where the walls meet the ceiling. These lights can be found at pretty much any online retailer or local party supply store, like Target or Party City.
16. Moon wall light
There are countless types of moon lights available online and at your local home supply store ranging from wall mounts to desk lamps. Choose one that best fits with the other Halloween decorations you’ve chosen to adorn your dorm room with! Check out this Etsy page for some inspiration.
Which of these 16 Halloween decorations are you going to use to dress up your dorm room this season? Comment on your favorites below!
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Jamie graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is an aspiring writer, professional editor/proofreader, and piano player. In her free time, Jamie enjoys reading classic literary works, composing music, and playing Xbox with her husband!