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Spooky, silly Halloween fun

Alcohol-free options about for those looking to get down and spooky this Halloween


Many people look forward to Halloween with candy, orange and black everywhere and costumes galore. In Athens, it is estimated that some 20,000-30,000 people gather on Court Street for one of the biggest block parties in the country.

While some may enjoy the crowds and costumes, other people may opt for a tamer Halloween. OHIO has a solution, with activities celebrating Halloween all week.

Shriek Week starts on Monday, Oct. 25. The Ohio University Program Council (UPC) is holding events all week that will be sure to thrill and chill.

Ghost Hunters International
The first event is ROCKSTAR paranormal investigator from television network Syfy’s popular supernatural reality show “Ghost Hunters International” will be speaking in the Baker Ballroom at 8 p.m.  After the lecture, a 40-person ghost hunt will take place at 10 p.m. Admission to the lecture is $1, and tickets to the ghost hunt are on sale for $10.

Walking tour
The city of Athens has a reputation as one of the most haunted places in America and some area people have claimed to have experienced paranormal activity. To learn more about the ghost stories that are told around the residence halls, Participate in the UPC's Athens Walking Tour on Tuesday, Oct. 26, led by local expert Joanne Prisley. The group will meet outside the fourth floor of Baker University Center at 6 p.m.

“Thrilling” dancing
On Wednesday, students can get a “thrill” and learn how to dance like Michael Jackson. There will be dance instructors teaching participants how to do the famous dance to Jackson’s hit, “Thriller” in the Baker University Center Ballroom from 6-7 p.m. 

Pumpkin carving
If you haven’t already put your bones to work, then come to pumpkin carving on Thursday from 7-9 p.m.  in the Baker University Center Theatre Lounge.

Mystic music
The Ohio University Symphony Orchestra won’t trick you, but rather treat you to a fun night filled with Halloween-themed music. The third annual Hallowpalooza, “The Hills are Alive”, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. The Halloween- themed concert will have a medley from The Sound of Music and “Recaped Tango,” inspired by Superman. You don’t want to miss this fun-filled, spooky concert.  All proceeds from the concert go to student scholarships. 

Monster mash

On Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30, you can boogie all night in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Fraternities Phi Beta Sigma and Kappa Alpha Psi are hosting dances from 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. The fraternities sponsor these events so students can have an alternative to Court Street activities.

“It is an alternative to uptown. It is a very chill environment, there will be a DJ. Some people may not want to drink on Halloween, but still want to have fun so it’s a good way to do that,” senior and member of Phi Beta Sigma Josh Cosper said.

OHIO’s overall goal is for students to have a safe Halloween. With tens of thousands of people coming to Court Street and the campus in general, safety is key. Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi hopes that students know OHIO’s main priority is safety.

“Our focus is on safety. Educate the students on how to keep safe. People come in from out of town who don’t care about the OU community as much as our students do, so there can be problems,” Lombardi said. “We encourage students to stay in their residence halls or find ways to have a fun, safe Halloween. Chose friends to go out with that you trust and stick together.”

Whether you chose to venture out to Court Street or not, OHIO provides some great, safe alternatives to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year.  

Sporting spookiness

Get into the Halloween spirit and support OHIO as they take on the University of Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in Peden Stadium on Saturday. All students and guests visiting for Halloween weekend are welcome to join the kick off at Rocky Bobcat Student Park. 

Rocky Bobcat Student Park will feature free food courtesy of Domino's and Sonic, inflatable games, cornhole and a DJ. The park opens at noon and the kick off will begin at 2 p.m.

That evening, OHIO volleyball will play Eastern Michigan in the Convocation Center at 7 p.m. All fans in attendance can warm up to a free bowl of chili.