It’s the spooky season! Halloween is such a fun time of year. By this time, the season has officially changed to fall, the leaves have changed colors and the world revolves around pumpkin spice. I mean, who doesn’t love that?
Halloween in college is a whole different ball game. You need at least three costumes to wear to the house parties or bar and you might even need four in Halloween doesn’t land on the weekend. Sometimes the costumes just aren’t enough and we crave that home-like feeling we get when we go back home to our parents’ house. Your mom has taken out the millions of pumpkins and skulls to embody the spooky vibe Halloween brings. You too want to make your college home ready for the holiday.
This holiday is a perfect time to switch up the decoration in your home. Even if you’ve decorated for fall, you’ll definitely want to give every a scarier vibe. Even if you are n0 longer in college but are living that post-college broke like still, these decorations are perfect for you. Going into Home Good or Michaels can be overwhelming. Those $70 glass pumpkins might be beautiful and would go amazing with your apartment but trust me, they really aren’t worth the money.
Don’t feel like you can’t have your apartment looking great for the upcoming holiday. Halloween is a time to get creative and express yourself. You don’t need to break the bank in order to decorate.
These easy Halloween decorations are perfect for just about everybody. Some are cute while others are a little more on the scary side but if you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to keep them up all year round.
Keep reading if you want to learn 10 easy Halloween decorations that you’re guaranteed to love.
1. Bat Cutouts
Bat cutouts will give your home a spooky vibe for sure. You can either make them with some construction paper and a printed cut-out bat or you can purchase the gooey ones that stick to your window. Either or are perfect if you want to do something quick and easy. These are perfect if you have a guest coming over because you can cover the walls with them.
2. Colored Lights
You can get really creative with these. Buying purple, red, orange, black, etc. lights can really spice up your living space. Christmas string lights work perfectly for Halloween because you can wrap them around the staircase or hang them around the ceiling. If you are hosting a Halloween party, this will definitely give off that glow that will provide light but also give off a creepy vibe. They are cheap and you can even use them all year round if you wanted too.
3. Craved Pumpkins
OK, I know we are not five-year-old little kids who want to crave a jack-o-lantern but carved pumpkins are cheap decorations. Get a group of friends, pour a couple glasses of wine and go to town carving. It’s way more fun than you realize and then you’ll have tons of unique and easy Halloween decorations. You can keep them inside or put them on your front porch (be careful in college towns, for some people may steal them.) Or if you aren’t feeling up to craving pumpkin guts, you could paint the outside of the pumpkin. This allows you to be really creative and put your own twist. Giant pumpkins can be expensive but if you buy from a local farm or dealer you may be able to get a few for a discounted price.
Cobwebs will, without a doubt, cause some screaming no matter where they are. They are gross and creepy and nobody wants to be near them. Which is why they make an easy Halloween decoration. You can buy a giant bag of them at the dollar or party store for very inexpensive. Cobwebs scream Halloween so if you want to jazz up your home, definitely try this. They also can be put almost anywhere. You can drape them over the stairs, put them on the wall, in the corner of the room, etc. Whatever floats your boat.
5. Bloody Table Runner
Blood makes everything better. Fake blood, duh! Take a giant piece of gauss and splash a little bit of fake blood on it…or a lot. And that’s it. It’s quick and easy and fake blood screams Halloween so it will look perfect dropped across your kitchen table. Or you could just get a white table cloth and add some blood if you aren’t feeling the gauss. Either way, it’s cheap and will make your table look scary.
6. Ghost Paper Bags
Remember those paper lunch bags we all used to bring to school? The ones we were all embarrassed by for some reason. They make a cheap and easy Halloween decoration. Simply cut out a ghost-like face on the front of the bag. Pop in a fake candle tea light and let it flicker away. If you really want to make them look like a ghost, you can paint the bag white. These can be put around your home or outside for a luminaire glow.
7. Mummy Porch Post
Theses are so cute and everyone will stop and look at your house. Wrap white streamers around the poles on your porch or anywhere inside your house. Add on some googley eyes and boom! It’s that simple and they look absolutely adorable. Obviously, wrap the white streamer around the pole so there are some holes and it has a mummy-like look.
8. Hanging Doll Parts
This one might be a little bit morbid to some but if you love Halloween, I’m sure you will love this. Buy a couple plastic baby dolls from the dollar store and rip off the arms, head, legs, etc. Next, take from clear string and tie the body parts to the string and hang them from the ceiling. This might not be a decoration that you’ll want around all the time but for a Halloween party, it’s perfect and creepy AF. Or if you don’t want to use a plastic baby doll, you could hang spiders that are from the dollar store. They are just as creepy and gross.
9. Candy Mason Jars
This isn’t scary but it’s definitely cute. Buy a couple of mason jars or you might even have them around the house. Target usually has them for cheap and they might even have Halloween inspired ones. Put them around your house and fill them up with candy! Specifically candy corn or Halloween M&M’s. They look pretty and they are great when you have guests. Your guests are able to snack on the candy while hanging out.
10. Caution Tape
Caution tape obviously insinuates, “don’t go in there,” and it makes a cheap and easy Halloween decoration. Put in on your doors, lining the ceiling or even around your porch outside. This gives off such a creepy look and is perfect for your Halloween party. You can buy a giant roll on Amazon or even the dollar store. Go to town with caution tape.