Halloween College Traditions

Halloween College Traditions

It’s that time of year again! Scary movies on TV, pumpkin flavored everything, and Halloween college traditions! There are always festivities surrounding October at college, but here are some unique ways students celebrate Halloween!

If you happen to visiting any of the colleges listed below or other colleges on Halloween weekend, be sure to ask about campus Halloween Traditions.

http://huntnewsnu.com/2015/10/event-calendar-oct-29-nov-4/MIT Pumpkin Drop                                                                 

It’s no surprise that MIT takes a scientific approach to having fun. Each year students freeze a large pumpkin using liquid nitrogen and drop it out of a window of a tall building! Large crowds of students watch on as the pumpkin is dropped, creating a big explosion of pumpkin. Read More

Ohio State Block Party

The largest college Halloween tradition may be Ohio State’s annual block party in Athens Ohio dating back to 1974. The event averages about 20,000 attendees dressed in costumes partying in the streets of downtown, complete with live music and food vendors. Many people from out of town come just to be a part of the large crowds taking over the small town.

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Pennsylvania State Pumpkin Festival

A more family friendly event is Penn State’s Pumpkin Festival! Open to students and the community, this event is all about carving pumpkins and other fall related crafts and activities. There’s a contest for the best jack-o’-lantern, drawing in about 1,000 different pumpkins.

Texas A & M Wicked Woods

What would Halloween be without a good scare? The fraternity Kappa Sigma’s annual philanthropy event is a walking tour of the haunted woods, while raising money for the Military Heroes Campaign, and canned food for a local food bank. This is their 20th year of the Wicked Woods, and each year is more extravagant, all while raising money for a good cause.

Brown University Organ Concert

Brown celebrates Halloween with music! Every Halloween night at midnight, students camp out in one of Brown’s historic halls to listen to the traditional organ concert. Creepy sounding songs are played on one of the largest organs in the country, getting everyone in the spooky spirit.

With these and many more traditions, you can be sure that colleges across the country will be ready to celebrate Halloween in their own unique ways. Have fun and happy Halloween!


Author: Charlotte Tuohy

Charlotte is a Hospitality Tourism Management major in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. As an intern at Smart College Visit, she is gaining real-world experience working with editors, researching topics, creating content and working in teams. Click on her name to read all of her posts. Charlotte also manages SCV's Instagram account @collegevisit.

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