Dorm Room Halloween Decorations

It’s that time of year when there are colorful leaves all around, a chill comes to the air and pumpkin flavored everything is everywhere.

It’s also the time for carving pumpkins, getting candy and decorating for Halloween. This time can be a difficult time for those who absolutely love this spooky time of the year, but live in a small space like a college dorm room or residence hall.

I suggest getting a few little Halloween decorations to help you get into the Halloween spirit. I don’t have a ton of room in my apartment, but I love Halloween decorations, so I’ve settled for a few small things that are easily transported and stored for my dorm room Halloween decorations.

I don’t have much, but It’s enough to make me think of Halloween when I come back to my room. It also makes me happy to see them, so it works well for me.

I have a cute little door sign that I found last year, and a few pumpkins and some cute Halloween storage book decorations. Although it is simple, it still gets you in the mood for Halloween and adding some dorm room Halloween decorations can really brighten up the look of a dreary dorm room.

To make your own little Halloween set up, all you have to do is get some little Halloween themed things from any shop or store that sells Halloween things. small and flat-ish things work well for dorm rooms because they are also easy to put into storage or pack back and forth from home to college.

Dorm Room Halloween Decorations

My little Halloween room additions.

Rockin’ with the Scotts

Considering the title of this post, one may think that I am just referring to my family, but oh no. I’m talking about a diverse group of people who come from all over the world, but trace their ancestry back to the borders of Scotland, back to the mighty Clan Scott.

Clan Scott AGM

The red modern Clan Scott tartan with my lanyard from the 2015 AGM.

A couple of weekends ago I traveled to Estes Park, Colorado to attend the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival where Clan Scott Society held their Annual General Meeting. Clan is means family, or a group of closely related families, and is usually used in reference to groups of Scottish families.

The Clan Scott AGM happens every year at different places throughout the US. This is the first time that I have been able to attend one and fully participate.

First, I want to discuss the festival itself. It is so much larger than the one that we have locally. The location is so much bigger and there are so many more places to go and things to do. It was hard to figure out where I wanted to be because I wanted to be everywhere at once.

There were some awesome vendors and I was able to get a lot of cool stuff that I wouldn’t have been able to get had I not been at this festival. There was also a ton of great food. The Scottish barbecue was incredible. I also enjoyed being able to walk around and see different events going on around me. There were bagpiping competitions, highland dancing competitions, the traditional Highland athletics, and many other entertainment opportunities.

One of my favorite parts of seeing all of the events was being able to see some awesome new bands that I had never heard of before. I really enjoyed the music from The Elders and Albannach. The Elders have a kind of Irish Folk/Rock vibe, and Albannach has a Scottish primal sound. I don’t know if that makes a whole lot of sense, So I’ll link to a couple of videos to show you guys what I’m talking about at the bottom of this post.

Now, back to the Clan Scott AGM part. I enjoyed being able to participate in this. The actual meeting part was kind of boring, it was great to meet so many other people who are part of Clan Scott, as well as seeing a different and bigger Clan Scott tent setup than what my family puts up at local events. (My dad is comissioner for Clan Scott Society in our state, so we go to the local festivals and set up an information tent, and we never see this many members of Clan Scott drop by.) ┬áHere’s a picture of the tent with just a few of the people who were there visible:

Clan Scott Tent Colorado 2015

Clan Scott Tent, Longs Peak Highland Festival 2015

I was one of the youngest participants, and part of the meeting discussed attracting younger members. Due to this, I may be helping the Clan to expand their social media presence. This is exciting for me because it will give me experience and it gives me a way to be a bit more involved with the clan overall.

The biggest takeaway I experienced from this trip was to meet with others who are as passionate about their heritage as I am. It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many people who care about keeping their heritage alive, and not only Scottish heritage in general, but that of my clan. Now I have a greater feeling that I am a part of something bigger than what I see on a daily basis. I feel that I can see the “bigger picture” a bit better now and that I’m a part of a community that I hadn’t really felt like I was a significant part of before.

I’ll probably be posting a Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Festival haul video in a few weeks. Keep an eye out!

Here are those videos I promised earlier in the post: