Decorate for Halloween even with Restrictions and a Budget
Part of the fun of a holiday like Halloween is decorating. Without decorations, it just doesn't feel the same. Whether you like your decorations cute and fun, a little bit spooky, or downright creepy, you don't have to miss out just because you live in a dorm.
Dorms have a lot of restrictions when it comes to things such as wall decorations, noise, flames, and lighting, so it can seem impossible to find a ways to stay festive and make your room feel like home. The good news is, lots of products exist that are inexpensive, don't take up space, are simple to display, and will keep you feeling the spirit of Halloween!
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Window clings are absolutely perfect for college dorm rooms. They take up absolutely no space because they're flat and stick right to the window, if you have one. If you don't have a window, most of them will stick to mirrors just as well. They won't harm the window or mirror because they don't actually have any adhesive, so you won't need to worry about damaging any of the property in the room. They're also really inexpensive; all of the choices below are less than $5 each. It doesn't get much more simple or cheap than that!
You can decorate with cute clings, spooky ones, creepy ones, or mix and match for a fun, unique look.
These cute window clings are festive while still being cheery and nice.
Spider web window clings offer just the right amount of spookiness to get you in the Halloween mood!
Gel clings are similar to regular window clings because they too don't use adhesive and can stick to any glass or nonporous surface without harm. They're different though because the less detailed, outline look provides a whole different look, and, honestly, they're fun to poke. They're squishy and fun!
You can even turn decorating into a game with these by standing about five feet away and tossing them at the window to make them stick.
A word of advice though: Don't use these on walls. They stain.
My roommates and I learned this the hard way when we got a little overexcited and carried away with our "game" of tossing them, not realizing they were messing up the paint!
Get creepy and scare guests with these gel blood splats.
Cob webs and spider webs are great at evoking spooky Halloween feelings. They hardly take any space, they're cheap, and they're fun to put up. They don't damage walls because you can work with what's already in the room when finding ways to attach the web around the room. Doing it that way also make each web unique, like a real spider's web!
For a small space, this single stretchable spider web with two spiders is perfect.
This 12 pack is a great deal if you have a larger space or want to go heavy on the decoration for a party.
Pumpkins can be used to decorate for Halloween (as Jack-o-lanterns) or just for the fall season in general (often paired with other foods such as ornamental corn). These decorations take up more space because they have to sit somewhere, but you can find spaces that aren't often used like the top of the microwave, the windowsill, the center of the coffee table or dining table if you have one, the corner of your desk-- get creative!
You can usually purchase mini pumpkins, gourds, or ornamental corn for a couple dollars at grocery stores, roadside stands, or pumpkin patches. Not only do they make excellent decorations, you can play a competitive, laughter-filled, entertaining game of pumpkin bowling when you're done with them instead of just throwing them away. If you'd rather opt for non-food decorations, check out the interesting items below.
This little Halloween tree is absolutely ADORABLE. This is a must have if you like cutesy Halloween decorations.
This Mr.Potato Head look-alike is a decoration and a fun toy all wrapped into one.
This plush Ty beanie baby jack-o-lantern will gladly sit atop your table, your bed, or whatever spot you decide to place him.
All of these decorations shouldn't be a problem when it comes to dorm rules, but make sure to check if you're not sure whether something is allowed or not.
However you decide to decorate though, have fun with it! Keep it simple with one or two things, or mix and match with a little bit of everything for even more festivity.