DIY Halloween Crafts

Get in the spirit with these October-themed projects

Photo by Sammy Croteau

By: Lindsey Elliott| Herald Contributor

It’s that time of year again! As the leaves fall and the days become cooler, students all across campus are gearing up for this year’s Halloween festivities. As a college student with a busy schedule, you may not have had the time to decorate your dorm for Halloween yet, or simply thought it would cost too much money to find cute decorations. However, there are many simple ways to craft your own decorations using common and inexpensive items! If you’re looking for a fun and creative way to show off your Halloween spirit this month, here are five easy DIY dorm decorations.

1. Mummy door

As a college student, the doors to our dorm rooms are often used as a means of communication and expression. Many people hang name tags, funny signs, or whiteboards on the doors to their room. This practice can easily be applied to Halloween decorating as well. One fun way to decorate your door for Halloween is to wrap it up as a mummy. All you need for this craft is a roll of toilet paper, tape, and colored construction paper. Take the toilet paper and tape it across your door in overlapping layers to make it appear like gauze. Next, cut out eyes from your construction paper and add them on top of the toilet paper to finish your spooky mummified door.

2. Flying Bats

Another simple craft to hang in your dorm is a string of flying bats. To make this craft, all you need is black construction paper, scissors, string, and clothespins. Use the paper to cut out as many black bats as you want to hang up. If you can’t draw bats very well, there are thousands of stencils online that can be printed and traced. After you’ve cut out the bats, all you have to do is clip them to your string with the clothespins. When you’re done, you’ll have the perfect decoration to hang up on your walls this October.

3. Ghost Garland

Many people use paper chain garlands around the Christmas holidays to decorate their trees and homes. This style can also be used for Halloween decorations with a few changes. One way to create a Halloween garland is to use black and orange chains or paper and to include some ghoulish paper ghosts that will hang down from the chain. This craft is easy and only requires paper and tape to complete!

4. Creepy Window Decals

Another option for simple decorations is making your own haunted designs to hang in the window of your dorm. To do this, you can just use normal printer paper and tape. To make these designs, either print out some of your favorite Halloween photos or draw them yourself! Some fun designs you can include are ghosts, skulls, spiders, and jack-o’-lanterns.

5. Lollipop Ghosts

This traditional Halloween craft doubles as both a tasty treat and a decoration. To make the ghosts, wrap a tissue over the top of the lollipop and secure it with a rubber band. To finish, take a black marker and add the eyes and mouth. These ghosts can be hung around your dorm room or handed out to friends as a Halloween surprise.