4 Inexpensive Halloween Decorations for Your College Apartment

Halloween decoration ideas

Halloween is closing in on us fast, but there’s still plenty of time to find some inexpensive last-minute decorations for this spooky holiday. Whether you are in a tiny 1-bedroom apartment or a 4-bedroom suite, these decorating ideas can transform your apartment for the holiday.

Monster Door 

Sure, it might be a little cheesy, but turning your door into a monster is a fun, cheap, and easy way to get into the Halloween spirit. Get some large colored butcher paper (which you can probably find on campus relatively cheap), some yellow, white, red or black construction paper for the eyes, and some masking tape to hold it up.

Place the butcher paper over the door, then use construction paper to create the eyes and a mouth full of sharp teeth.

Some fun ideas for the door:

  • Jack-o-lantern
  • Frankenstein’s Monster
  • One-eyed, One-horned, Flying, Purple People-eater
  • Mummy (You can use toilet paper for this one.)


Create a Halloween wreath for your front door. All you need is a large ring, whether you use foam or wire is up to you and how you want to decorate it.

Here are some items you can use to decorate the wreath:

  • Fat quarters. Pick up a few black and orange (or Halloween-themed) fat quarters from WalMart for a couple dollars. Cut them into strips and tie them around your wreath base.
  • Spider rings and cotton web. Take the cotton web material and wrap it around the wreath base so it spreads across the hole in the middle. Hot glue the spider rings all around the circle of the wreath and place one or two spiders in the middle of the web.
  • Silk flowers and Halloween trinkets. With a foam wreath base, take a bunch of orange, purple, and black silk flowers and stick them in it. Add things like googly eyes, spider rings, plastic bats, and small skulls arranged among the flowers for an extra spooky factor.
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Pick up some orange and black sparkly garland to hang around the doorways, tables, and shelves in your apartment. You can generally find these at a dollar store nearby along with other cheap decorations to accent with.

Here are some do-it-yourself options that you might have fun with as well:

  • Candy corn garland. Pick up a few bags of candy corn and some strong thread and a thin needle. String the thread through the needle and use the needle to string the candy corn along the thread.
  • Bat garland. Use black construction paper, felt pieces, or foam, cut out small bat shapes from them and string them together to create a long bat garland.
  • Pumpkin garland. With the same method as the bat garland, you can create a pumpkin or jack-o-lantern garland too. Or find little paper pumpkin cutouts at a craft store to do the same thing.
  • Halloween fabrics. Use themed fabric pieces to make a fun flag garland. Cut fabric into triangles and glue them to a long piece of twine, leaving an inch or so in between each flag. Hang on the wall, over a window, or in a doorway.

Candy Bowl

What’s better than a decoration that you can eat? Go to a thrift store to find some decorative bowls or vases, or look at a dollar store for Halloween themed plastic bowls. Put your favorite fun-sized candy in them and set out on a shelf or as a centerpiece on your table. Candy corn looks great in a glass vase with a fun piece of ribbon tied around it.

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If you are living in college dorms or in approved student housing, just make sure that any decorating you do is approved by your housing managers before you start.

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