Halloween has a long history on campus. One-hundred years ago, State Normal School (UNCG) students enjoyed Halloween in the McIver Memorial Building, which sat on the site of the current McIver building. In a 1917 scrapbook, a student recorded the following:
“Saturday evening the senior family of the State Normal College gathered for an annual party in the McIver building. Arrivals were met by ‘ghosts’ who invited them to pass up the stairs in absolute silence to their fate. Ghosts and goblins escorted them to the reception hall where they found the Halloween atmosphere still prevailing.”
This year, UNCG will host several unique Halloween events. If you’ve already read Special Collections’ UNCG Ghost Stories, and you haven’t yet gotten your thrill, check out the following Halloween-themed events:
Nightmare on College Ave.
Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., UNCG’s main street becomes Halloweentown for students, with yard games, bungee trampoline, personalized rings, candy apples, raffles and more.
“House of Torment” at Mary Foust
Every year, Ashby Residential College (in Mary Foust Residence Hall) creates a large-scale, creative haunted house experience, open to campus and the public. This year’s “House of Torment” is Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7 p.m. to midnight, in Mary Foust, 301 College Avenue.
Admission is $5 per person, or $3 with a canned food item. All proceeds benefit The ARC of Greensboro and the Spartan Pantry. See the Campus Weekly (link to) story for more details on the Haunted House’s 22-year history.
Halloween Organ “Spooktacular”
The UNCG Organ Studio will present its annual Halloween organ recital, “Spooktacular,” Monday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building’s Organ Hall. The theme this year is “Bells, Birds and Beasts,” and the performance will include costumes and pumpkin carols with the audience. The concert is open to the community and admission is free.
Digital Media Commons and Digital Acts Studio Haunted Open House
Digital Media Commons, UNCG Libraries and the Digital Acts Studio (Action, Consultation, and Training) will hold an open house to celebrate the studio’s five-year anniversary, and the house is haunted. It will feature a Zombie VR experience, a Haunted Greenscreen Photobooth, a Spooky Special Effects mini-workshop in DACTS, Scary 3D print giveaways and free food.
UNCG Staff Senate will collect costumes and candy
UNCG Staff Senate will collect donations of costumes and candy through Friday, October 27. The candy will be handed out to neighborhood trick or treaters at Spartan Village. The costumes will be distributed via a local church to trick or treaters who don’t have Halloween costume money in their budgets this year. Contact Janeen Chastain (firstname.lastname@example.org) or drop then off at 1510 Walker Ave, Room 418.
Compiled by Susan Kirby-Smith