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From costumes to carnivals, Halloween on UNC Greensboro’s campus has been observed in many ways throughout the University’s 130-year history, with students seeking to tap into the spooky spirit of the season or simply to celebrate making it halfway through the semester.

What Halloween traditions did State Normal students enjoy in the early 1900s? What costumes did Spartans don in the 80s?

Transport yourself to campus Halloween parties of the past through invitations, clippings from The Carolinian, and photos pulled from University Archives.

Halloween at State Normal and Industrial College

October 31, 1908

Halloween at State Normal and Industrial College

Excerpt from the 1908 State Normal Magazine: “Halloween night greeted us with our first surprise, when having been told to present ourselves at the Training school for a gentle reminding of our misapplied pedagogic theories, we found instead, ghosts, glimmering pumpkins, apples, peanuts, and the best time!”

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October 29, 1915

A classmate of the Class of 1916 shares a handwritten invite to a Halloween party on Oct. 29, 1915.

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October 30, 1915

Pieces of an invitation are included in a scrapbook created by the Class of 1917. Partygoers were to bring 15 cents for entry to the party at Practice Hall, and once inside, they enjoyed games like bobbing for apples and pinning the stem on the pumpkin. This was voted the…

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October 31, 1922

Students at State Normal enjoyed a Halloween party in the dining rooms, complete with decorations and even a ghostly figure weaving through the tables. An annual Halloween dinner became a longstanding tradition on campus. Excerpt from the Nov. 4, 1922 issue of The Carolinian

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October 9, 1926

Many students of State Normal entertained with Halloween parties in their dormitories. Excerpt from the Oct. 21, 1926 issue of The Carolinian

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October 31, 1931

Excerpt from the Nov. 5, 1931 issue of The Carolinian

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Halloween at Woman’s College in the 40s

October 31, 1948

Halloween at Woman’s College in the 40s

In the 40s at Woman’s College, one of the biggest events of the year was the Halloween Carnival at the “Y Hut” put on by the home economics club. Students enjoyed a haunted house, bobbing for apples, and more. In a scrapbook, one student wrote fondly, “How can we ever…

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Halloween at Woman’s College in the 50s

October 31, 1950

Halloween at Woman’s College in the 50s

In the 50s, students enjoyed a Halloween costume party, a festive dinner, and a formal Halloween dance, sometimes enjoyed with UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University students.

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Halloween at UNCG in the 1960s

October 31, 1960

Halloween at UNCG in the 1960s

In the 60s, Spartans enjoyed student-hosted themed socials and dorm get-togethers. The Cafeteria would also hold an annual costume contest. Students would look forward to the Halloween Carnival, an event hosted by the Service League including games, prizes, fall treats, and a purse drive. Proceeds went to local charities, and…

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October 31, 1967

This scrapbook, created by residents of Jamison Hall, contains materials relating to the 1967-1968 school year, including a photo from a Halloween party and the McIver statue with a “Trick or Treat” bag.

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Halloween at UNCG in the 1970s

October 31, 1970

Halloween at UNCG in the 1970s

In the 70s, horror films were screened on campus, and RA’s hosted themed parties in their halls throughout the week. The Cafeteria would transform its appearance and menu for the season and hold its annual costume contest. In these photos from a 1973 issue of The Carolinian, a student dressed…

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October 31, 1975

Students would share stories of the “UNCG Ghosts” to get into the spooky spirit of the season. This article was written about the Aycock Auditorium spirit for The Winston Salem Journal in 1977 by David Kinney. 

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October 31, 1977

Photo from the 1977-78 yearbook

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Halloween at UNCG in the 1980s

October 31, 1980

Halloween at UNCG in the 1980s

In the 80s, late October was met with double the celebration, with Homecoming and Halloween happening in the same week. A Masquerade Party was held in the EUC, and various themed socials were hosted by students leading up to the 31st. “Candygrams” were available to be sent to a fellow…

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October 31, 1986

In this photo taken from the 1986 yearbook, students are dressed in costume in the Homecoming Parade.

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October 31, 1987

Photo taken from a student scrapbook from Jamison Hall from the 1986-87 academic year

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October 31, 1989

Spread from the 1989 yearbook

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Halloween at UNCG in the 1990s

October 31, 1991

Halloween at UNCG in the 1990s

The 90s brought a wave of new Halloween traditions with the goal of giving back. The UNCG Association of Nursing Students and the Black Nursing Student Association would “Trick or Treat for Cans,” ringing doorbells in local neighborhoods for can donations instead of candy to benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry and…

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October 31, 1994

UNCG’s longest-standing Halloween tradition began in 1994 with “Scary Foust,” Mary Foust Residence Hall’s haunted house. The attraction is entirely student run – from the costumes to the makeup to the planning and execution. A new theme is decided each year, and proceeds go to charity. Excerpt from the Oct….

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October 31, 1995

Excerpt from the Nov. 3, 1995 issue of The Carolinian

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Halloween at UNCG: 2000s – present day

October 31, 2000

Halloween at UNCG: 2000s – present day

The Halloween season is still cherished on campus today. Students carve pumpkins outside of their dorms, arts programs put on festive programming, such as the School of Music’s Organ Spooktacular and various timely School of Theatre productions, and events are held on campus for students to get into the spooky…

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October 31, 2018

2018 School of Music Spooktacular Halloween Concert

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October 31, 2019

Previously “Scary Foust,” the Ashby Haunted House is put on each year by residents of Ashby Residential College, an inclusive two-year program that offers a unique living and learning environment for a co-ed student community. This photo is from 2019’s “Zombicology” attraction. This year, in lieu of a haunted house…

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This week, Spartans looking to join in the spooky season can catch a screening of “The Conjuring” on the Friday, Oct. 29 in the EUC Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Put on your best costume for a chance to win a prize.

On Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 10 p.m., enjoy festive activities at Fright Night at Piney Lake, including pumpkin painting, lawn games, and a haunted trail.

Visit cap.uncg.edu for more information.

Archived material courtesy of University Libraries

 
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