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Halloween Dorm Decorations: 13 Eerie-Sistable Ideas

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Trendy 2021 College Dorm Halloween Decorations

A collection of the best Halloween dorm decorations to get you ready for everyone’s favorite ghostly season.


Autumn starts slowly, but once it gets going there’s no stopping it. With pumpkin scents and clovey aromas erupting in every store and leaves changing colors, so rings in my favorite holiday–


And I love all the activities that go with it. Like going to the pumpkin patch, getting those perfect pictures, picking up a pumpkin-spice latte, and jumping on crunchy leaves.

Even if COVID puts a damper on the fun of trick-or-treating and parties that go all Halloween night, at least we can still have fun decorating.

In this post you’ll find Halloween dorm decorations ranging from cute to scary to help you capture the Halloween spirit aesthetic.

Now, let’s get witchy!


Halloween Decorations for Dorms

1. Tarot Card Tapestry

Unleash your mystical side with a cool tarot card tapestry.

Tapestries are the perfect opportunity to redecorate for any holiday. They’re a popular staple in college dorms for a reason!


2. Big LED Spider’s Web

Make a statement with a big spider web in the corner of your room!

Now is the time to embrace all things creepy and crawly. But maybe, not literally (unless that’s your jam)?

Thankfully a plastic spider will work beautifully as a substitute for a real tarantula.


3. Ghost Candy Bowl

Animated Ghost Candy Halloween Serving Bowl

It’s October, so candy is kind of a must.

This animated ghost candy bowl from Target is a cute addition to your Halloweendecor with a unique twist!


4. Decorative Festive Pillows

ZJHAI Halloween Pillow Covers 18×18 Inch Set of 4 Trick or Treat Pillow Covers Holiday Rustic Linen Pillow Case for Sofa Couch Halloween Decorations Throw Pillow Covers

These pillow covers will give your bed the spooky vibes you’ve been searching for! Place them all together or throughout your dorm for all to enjoy. 


5. Shadow Casting Tea Light Lantern

 How neat is this wooden tea light lantern? It’s like a hands free shadow puppet!

And the atmosphere it creates just feels oh-so-right for reading scary stories in the dark and giggling over jump scares with friends.


6. Moon Phase Garland

Moon phase garland is the ideal wall decor for those who love a modern boho look.

Subtly festive, it’s the kind of thing you can style your bedroom with all year long. Double win!


7. Spooktacular String Lights

What dorm couldn’t use a good set of LED lights??

There are so many festive options that’re spooky and adorable all at the same time. Hang them around your bookshelf or along your wall for halloween greatness! 


8. Scary Bat 3D Wall Stickers

HOZZQ DIY Halloween Party Supplies PVC 3D Decorative Scary Bats Wall Decal Wall Sticker, Halloween Eve Decor Home Window Decoration Set, 28pcs, Black

A flock of removable 3D bat stickers are just what you need to transform those bland, boring walls into something more.

Peel and stick to your heart’s content!


9. Mini Decorative Pumpkins

Ogrmar 12 Pack Artificial Assorted Pumpkins, Mini Fake Pumpkins Artificial Vegetables for Halloween,Harvest Thanksgiving Party Decor (White)

Artificial pumpkins are a must when it comes to fall decorations.

I like these white ones because you can create your own custom designs with just a sharpie!


10. Punny Party Banner

Show your sense of humor and love of puns with a fun Halloween party banner!


11. Ghost Neon Sign or Lamp

Give your college roommates the cutest fright ever with a little ghost neon lamp like this.

Custom neon signs are very in right now and I’m loving this trend!


12. Horror Movie Posters for a Spooky Halloween Gallery Wall

For those of you who appreciate things that go bump in the night, horror movie posters are the way to go.

Add some sinister flavor to your halloween decorations by displaying your favorite movies.


13. Flameless Candles

The candles that won't burn you

These candles won’t burn you, but they still add to the ambiance of a thrilling All Hallows’ Eve night!

These are battery operated and dorm-room-friendly; perfect for busy, and sometimes forgetful, college students. 😜


How to Decorate Your Room for Halloween

Dorm Halloween Decor Examples That Perfectly Capture the Aesthetic

Below are 11 styled ideas to inspire you while decorating your dorm room for Halloween.

Mood lighting and pumpkin patterns galore! All the little details pull together so well in first this college bedroom.


college dorm bedroom decorated for Halloween
Via VSCO @caitymiller

Never underestimate the power of orange! The right tapestry pairing is the ticket to bringing the Halloween spirit to your dorm.


black and white witch aesthetic college dorm
Via Instagram @ghostlyanni

If a witch aesthetic is more your vibe you might try a more minimal approach like this. Tarot inspired decorations will set the right style mood.


Halloween decorated orange and ghost shaped pillow on bedroom
Via Instagram @kalynnicholson13

If you don’t have the money to splurge on a seasonable duvet, it’s just as easy to work with what you’ve got!

A few ghoulish throw pillows will capture the spirit of Halloween without draining your bank account.


college girl adjusting her dorm room fall/Halloween decoration by her bed
Via Instagram @coisasdaca_52

I love this take on dorm Halloween decorations.

The autumn leaf garland and “boo!” on the letter board are subtle, but SO cute. 

ghost shaped string lights
Via Instagram @coisasdaca_52

Upon closer inspection, the string lights are even tiny ghosts!


corner of bedroom with pumpkins, ghost, and witch decorations
Via Instagram @littlehauntedhome

You may not be able to paint the walls in your dorm (or college apartment), but you can take some style notes from this impeccably decorated corner. 

Though if you really want to go for it, temporary wallpaper is a great alternative to painting. And thrift stores are a goldmine for unique Halloween knick knacks to display. 


dorm room halloween decorations
Instagram via @chloflores

Here’s proof that pink goes with everything! The curated bookshelf of Halloween titles is an excellent touch. 


dorm room halloween decorations
Instagram via @_allisonhudspeth

Have some shelf space?

Spookify your room with a Halloween mug or two, plus a stylish no-carve pumpkin. Check out the video below for some easy ideas!

DIY Video: Craft Your Own Personalized Pumpkin

YouTube video


bedroom with spooky Halloween pillows and horror movie posters
Via Instagram @mrs_betelgeuse_

This room is legitness–Halloween scream team to the max! 


bed with Halloween haunted horseman comforter and throw pillows
Via Instagram @autumnfirstbabe

This last bedroom combines sugar, spice, and everything nice.


Final thoughts on Halloween dorm decor

I hope these dorm-friendly options help you strike the right balance of macabre and a love of everything Halloween! Go with your feels and get into the supernatural sentiment of the season.

So get your comfy slippers on, put on seasonal films like Halloweentown or Hocus Pocus, sip your favorite festive drinks (apple cider is my go-to), and get to decorating.

Happy Haunting! 👻


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