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Ten spooky decoration tips for Halloween ’18

*The Backdoor is a work of fiction and humor

By Sandy Grossman

Halloween is right around the corner and that means it’s time to decorate your dorm room! But no one wants to spend a fortune on decorations, so here are ten fun tricks that will put the “do it yourself” in “do it yourself Halloween decorations.”


  1. Paper Ghosts! Everyone loves snipping snowflakes when Christmas rolls around, but why wait until December? Just grab a few sheets of printer paper and cut out some spectral shapes! Draw on a face for extra fun!


  1. Stick some stray cats to your window. No one will notice they’re gone.


  1. Jack-o-Lantern Luminaries! Just grab a Sharpie and draw triangular eyes and a mouth on an old white paper bag. Set it down on a table or walkway and throw in an electric candle. Switch it on and it’ll give the room a seasonal glow. That’s all there is to it!


  1. Perform another satanic ritual. It’s been so long since the last one. I’m sure he’s getting hungry again.


  1. Sacrifice that guy from your Political Science class. Ya’ know, the one who’s always talking about how Plato would have supported authoritarian rule and calling himself a “gadfly.”


  1. You still have that man, that man from last Halloween. He would make a good sacrifice too. It’s not like you were going to do anything else with him.


  1. Don’t forget to gather up his teeth. You wouldn’t want to skimp on the dark lord.


  1. Then light the candles. Get out the chalk.


  1. Now repeat after me: Lirach Tasa Vefa Wehlic, Belial. Lirach Tasa Vefa Wehlic, Belial. Lirach Tasa Vefa Wehlic, Belial.


  1. Flying Bat Streamers! Find a few orange or white streamers and cut some bats out of black construction paper. Tape your creations to the streamers and string them up! It’s easy! A Halloween classic in just three easy steps.

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