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5 Halloween Traditions on College Campuses!

Written by Brooklynn Taylor. Published: October 27 2023
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From haunted houses to horror flick screenings, Halloween is a fun time for college students! Many campus's Halloween traditions have been around for decades and are still going strong. Check out how these universities across the country are celebrating Halloween – their way!


1. The Healy Howl, Georgetown University

If you’re a superfan of the movie The Exorcist, you may know that several scenes were actually filmed on Georgetown’s campus! Ever since the movie’s release in 1973, students have gathered year after year to watch the film on campus. At the conclusion of the movie, at the stroke of midnight, students rush to the cemetery near Healy Hall (pictured above) to howl at the moon. To this day, it’s known as one of the eeriest campus traditions!


2. Wicked Woods, Texas A&M

The Kappa Sigma fraternity hosts an annual haunted trail in support of theBrazos Valley Food Bank and theKappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign! The 8-night event is full of jump scares, thrills, and horror sitting on a 5-acre yard behind the fraternity house. It’s also one of the largest and most celebrated DIY haunted trails in the country!


3. Pumpkin Drop, MIT

Students test the velocity and aerodynamics of the pumpkins before being tossed off the tallest building on campus, known as the Green Building! As one of the nation’s most technologically advanced universities, it’s no surprise that MIT brings a scientific flair to the spirit of Halloween!


4. Scare Fair, University of Rochester

The university’s main library Rush Rhees is turned into a haunted house and scavenger hunt for students to explore! The event also features contests, food, drinks, a Jack-O-Launcher competition, and real insects and snakes from the Seneca Zoo – eek!


5. Halloween on Franklin Street, UNC Chapel Hill

On Halloween, historic Franklin Street -- considered the center of social life at UNC -- is completely blocked off for students in full costumes to flood the mile-long street… partying into the wee hours of the night! This tradition started in the early-'80s as a quaint gathering but has now drawn crowds of over 50,000 people!


Happy Halloween!