It’s that time of year where the weather is getting colder, the leaves are changing colors and the vibes are getting spookier. On a chilly, overcast day, there’s nothing better than staying in and cozying up to your favorite horror movie with apple cider in your hand. As appealing as this vision probably sounds, it’s not always easy to make your dorm or residence hall room feel cozy. To make your room more snug on autumn nights like these, take into consideration these eight dorm decor ideas: 

Fall Scented Candles 

To appropriately set the mood, whether it be a mysterious or comfy one (depending on if you’re planning on watching Insidious or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown), a seasonal fall scented candle will do the job. Popular scents that can be found at Bath & Body Works include Marshmallow Fireside, Pumpkin Pecan Waffles, The Perfect Autumn and Vampire Blood. If you don’t want to risk having candles in your dorm, Bath & Body Works also sells air freshener plug-ins of all its autumn scents. 

Halloween-themed String Lights

With the main lights turned off, any color of string lights will certainly make for an intimate setting. If you already have regular, white holiday lights hung up. don’t bother switching them out because they already implement coziness. However, if you are feeling extra festive, feel free to purchase pumpkin-shaped or green, purple and orange string lights to get in the Halloween spirit.

Pumpkins and Gourds 

Hopefully, over fall break you hit up your local pumpkin patch and grabbed some pumpkins and gourds. If you haven’t yet, Libby’s Pumpkin Patch, 41251 State Farm Road, is the perfect place to fulfill all your pumpkin needs. Painting and carving pumpkins is a tale as old as time, and they make for a classic yet modern decoration depending on what you carve or paint onto it. Carving and painting pumpkins can get quite messy, so grab some old copies of The Post and head out to your favorite outdoor area with friends to let your creative juices flow. Set your newly decorated pumpkins outside your dorm door with gourds surrounding it. 

Spider Web Lace 

A common theme that is seen on doors around campus dorms is spider web lace. Many students deck out their door with spooky lace from top to bottom. To spice it up, try adding a fake spider in the mix to really startle your floor-mates. 

Bowl of Candy 

As cheesy as it may sound, let’s be real: We all miss trick-or-treating. Whether you loved dressing up, receiving candy, coming home to chili and hot chocolate or just everything about trick-or-treat night, try convincing other people who live on your floor to put out bowls of candy. This way, it’ll be just like old times and make for a cute decoration and floor bonding experience. 

Fall Festive Pillows

For those of you who have a futon in your room, go out and buy pillows that are fall-themed. Pillows with leaves and pumpkins are the perfect addition to your room to make it fall festive and cozy at the same time. You can even buy these pillows for your bed if you don’t have a futon. 

Warm-Colored Blankets

Similar to the fall-themed pillows, warm-colored blankets will also make you feel cozier. These colors offer a lot of comfort compared to cooler, brighter colors. During the chilly months, the feeling of warmth these colored blankets can provide is nothing but soothing.

Fall Mugs with Pumpkin Spiced Coffee

To top off a cozy night, buy some cute Halloween and fall decorated mugs to hold yummy, warm drinks like pumpkin spice lattes, caramel macchiatos and hot chocolate in. No matter what you’re doing, adding a fall drink into the mix is bound to make it cozier.  


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