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UNC students get into the Halloween spirit with dorm decor

Halloween Decor
Junior Jamie Ramos decorates her dorm to make people smile. Photo courtesy of Jamie Ramos.

With Halloween quickly approaching, UNC students are decorating their living spaces in honor of this spooky holiday. 

Junior Aspen Jackson decorated her apartment with her roommates to get in the Halloween spirit.

"A couple of weeks ago, my roommates and I decided to take a study break after working all afternoon,” Jackson said. “We headed straight to Target with one goal in mind — we needed Halloween decorations.”

After an hour and a half of shopping, they got everything they needed to turn their apartment into a “spooktacular” living space. They hung spider lights from the ceiling and spider webs from their light fixtures. They then added black and gold bats to their walls and a few pumpkins here and there.

First-year Kirsten Smith and her roommate covered their entire door with toilet paper — three rolls, to be exact. After putting two eyes, the door resembles a mummy.

“Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays because I was due on Halloween, so I insisted we decorate our door,” Smith said. “She was all for it — and so the mummy was created.”

First-year Sarah Jane Clouser created a witch on her suite hallway.

“I really love to decorate for any season, and since the weather wasn’t getting me in the mood for Halloween, I asked my parents to mail up some old decorations they weren’t using anymore and put them up in our suite hallway,” Clouser said. “When I put them up, no one else was in the room, so I really liked to see all my suitemates’ reactions to seeing the decorations.” 

Junior Jamie Ramos went to the extreme when it came to decorating for the spooky holiday. She covered the light panels on the ceiling in front of her door with several layers of tissue paper. She then covered her door and the adjacent walls with spider webbing and added plastic spiders and bats. On top of that, she used Halloween tape that said "Beware" on her door.

“I decorate because it makes people smile as they walk by,” Ramos said. “People have been coming to take pre-Halloween pictures of their costumes outside our door, which makes us smile, too. Hallo-week, we'll put out a little cauldron full of candy, too.”


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