9 Ways To Add A 'Halloween Vibe' To Your Dorm Room

9 Ways To Add A 'Halloween Vibe' To Your Dorm Room

Just because you're in a dorm doesn't mean you can't have some spooky fun - here's how.


With the arrival of October, the excitement of the holiday season begins. The first holiday coming up is Halloween. Just because we're in college now, doesn't mean we don't want to see decorations. Fun decorations can help take your mind off of upcoming midterms anyways. However, being a college student means limited funds and limited space. Here are 9 easy ways to add a Halloween vibe to your dorm room this October.

1. Candycorn jars

All you need to do is to fill clear containers (such as a mason jar) with candy corn and place them around the room. Not only does this add a halloween flare, it can also serve as a yummy snack.

2. Orange/black twinkle lights  

Although twinkle lights could certainly be used at any point in the year, orange and black lights - especially in October, tend to put off a "Halloween Vibe". Plus, they make really cute backgrounds to take Halloween pictures against.

3. Wall safe stickers

Before buying any wall decals, make sure they are in accordance with your university's guidelines. If you can, it would be cute to purchase pumpkin/mummy/skeleton/ghost stickers and place them up around the walls. This takes almost no space and not time and instantly adds a Halloween feel to the room.

4. Play Halloween/spooky music

Nothing has an effect on mood quite like music does. If you are just hanging out in the room with your friends, putting on some spooky jams can have a dramatic effect on the atmosphere.

5. Plastic pumpkins

We obviously cannot carve real pumpkins in our dorm rooms. No one wants that mess, or that smell in their 11x15 dorm room. This is why I recommend going to the Dollar Store or your local target and picking up some plastic pumpkins. Some of them even light up! Even the less expensive plastic ones can give off great Halloween vibes.

6. Put out a bowl of candy

I would save this one until no father than a week before Halloween. College kids love free food & even though we are adults, we don't mind a little 'Trick or Treat" candy action. Even better if you can get a Halloween themed bowl to put the candy in. You can then set the bowl on a chair, and prop you door open with it.

7. Ceiling decorations 

In order to save space, many college students resort to hanging things from their ceiling or on their wall. There are so many cute strings or bats, skulls, mummies, etc. These can be hung on the walls or from the ceiling and because they are on the walls, the give a Halloween vibe to the whole room.

8. Table top decorations

If summer was the season to have succulents on your desk then fall is the season to have plastic skeletons. You can find cute, small table toppers for just a few dollars and place them on your desk/dresser to give a spooky vibe to your homework time (as if that wasn't scary enough).

9. Halloween movies

Similarly to music, we can lose ourselves in movies for a few hours. If you want the Halloween vibe right away, you can just simply turn off all of the lights, turn on Netflix, and watch a good, classic Halloween movie ( my personal favorite is Halloweentown).

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7 Things That Happen In Phoenix In The Fall

All Arizona residents knows that a Phoenix fall is one of a kind.

Fall in Phoenix is not your average picture of autumn leaves and warm clothing.

Fall itself is a one of a kind season: One made for pumpkins, hot chocolate, fuzzy blankets, and flannels. You see, all these things are true... unless you're in the desert. While most of the country has leaves that are changing colors, we just decorate things.

We decorate our homes and create the illusion for ourselves that the heat may one day fade away. If you haven't experienced a Phoenix fall, I can paint the perfect picture for you. Ready, here it is...a desert (still).

1. The cacti stay the same exact color.

You probably know that in New York or in Washington, the colors are changing. While if you happen to grace Arizona with your presence in October you will see a whole lot of brown, and not the pretty orange leaves you will spot somewhere else.

2. The temperature drops to a whopping 99 degrees.

The day it breaks the hundreds is one of the best days of the year here in Phoenix. Once the reality sets in that it probably won't break the 90's for quite a while, you just suck it up and wear your flannel even though it's not cool enough for it at all.

3. You can finally start drinking Pumpkin flavored coffee, but it MUST be iced.

That's right. The coffee can't be hot yet. It's even less fun to burn your tongue when you are still sweating at the same time, so here, we stick with iced drinks, it just makes life a little better.

4. People still don't use their blinker.

Does this actually have to do with fall? Nope. I just wanted to take a moment to remind all you Arizona drivers that your blinker does exist.

5. During an Arizona fall, road trips are necessary.

Since our leaves here in Phoenix don't change color, it is necessary to head up to Flagstaff and see some orange leaves! Also, while your there, you can take a second and order your HOT coffee for a change since it is most likely under 90 degrees outside.

6. Classes get a whole lot harder.

Fall also means back to school which means that classes start to become a challenge. Soon enough, they are in full swing and people are spending their days in coffee shops and libraries to get studying.

7. Everyone goes thrifting for giant sweaters.

You see, us Arizona's don't need to spend lots of money on nice brands of sweaters that we know will last because we wear them strictly for fashion purposes. Therefore, we head on down to Goodwill and give our fall wardrobe an upgrade.

To all my fellow Phoenicians, this weather can be wack, even in October. So basically fall for us means very little change other than iced pumpkin coffee drinks. It's (kinda) fall y'all. Happy October.

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25 Activities You Must Add To Your Fall Bucket List This Year

Before we blink, it'll be next year.


Jot these down, sister, it is officially the best season of the year.

1. Make apple cider

2. Carve pumpkins

3. Go on a hayride 

4. Burn ​​ALL​​ the fall scented candles, girl

5. Make homemade caramel apples 

6. Watch Freeform's 31 nights of halloween 

7. Go through a corn maze with your BFF's 

8. Bake pumpkin bars/bread/pie/EVERYTHING pumpkin

9. Visit a haunted house 

10. Make a cozy playlist 

11. Toast pumpkin seeds

12. Create a gratitude jar 

13. Attend a farmers market for fall produce 

14. Cheer on your favorite football team


15. Shop those Black Friday deals

16. Find joy in a new hobby

17. Find a new favorite soup recipe 

18. Host a friendsgiving 

19. Two words... halloween. oreos. 

20. Try a new fall Starbucks drink

21. Start a new book

22. Take all of those fall inspiration insta pictures

23. Explore a new local coffee shop 

24. Buy a new (or old) three times too big flannel 

25. Soak it all in 

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