Make sure to create a spooky playlist, or better yet, invite one of your school's musical ensembles (instrumental or choral) to dress up in costumes and play while attendees enjoy food, sweets, hot cocoa & drinks!
Check out some of these other cool Halloween-themed event ideas happening on campuses across the continent:
5) Host a Spooky (or Fall-Themed) Event for a Good Cause
Halloween activities can be a great opportunity for students to give back. At Kingsborough Community College, student volunteers guide people through the park on a Haunted Halloween Walk with spooks and food for all!
At Rutgers University, student organizations, fraternities, sororities, residence hall and alumni groups compete in the annual Charity Bed Race. Teams decorate beds during Homecoming and race down College Avenue, and the winning team gets to donate a cash prize to a charity of its choice.
In College Park, Maryland, costumed community members join up for Monster Dash 5K run around the lake to support low-income, immigrant youth in the DC metro area.
6) Throw a Pumpkin Carving Party
Pumpkin spice up your night! Celebrate the harvest (or wrapping up midterms) with a fun evening of pumpkin carving, a cherished Halloween tradition. Whether an intimate gathering for your student organization or a larger event open to the whole campus community, students will have a blast enjoying an evening of treats, pumpkins and hot cider while creating lasting memories with friends.
Set up your own small pumpkin patch for your guests, or make a trip out of it and take your group to a local pumpkin patch to pick out the best gourds, followed by a festive pumpkin carving party on campus! Make sure to include pumpkin picking strategies, carving techniques, tools and printable templates.
7) Explore International Cultures & Traditions
Take your taste buds on a trip around the world with an International Potluck, or organize a Thanksgiving Feast before students leave for break. Invite guests to bring food and drinks from various cultures to share and then have everyone vote for favorites. (Bonus history lesson: ask guests to write a short background on the dish on an index card to display next to their dish!)
Explore holidays and cultural traditions. This is a wonderful opportunity for student organizations and leaders to really shine as they create, organize and promote an event on campus. Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with the South Asian Student Association, learn about Mexican culture and the celebration of life at El Dio de Los Muertos festival hosted by the Hispanic Student Association, or dive into Bavarian culture at Oktoberfest with the German Club.
8) Take a Trip to a Local Orchard
Get your group together and go apple-picking for a quintessentially fall excursion! Many orchards offer multiple varieties of apples in the fall months that you can pluck directly from acres of bountiful apple trees. (Plus, spending some time outdoors at a local farm is a fantastic way to destress from classes.)
Go on a hayride, travel through a corn maze… a trip to the apple farm is a great way to spend an afternoon off campus with friends! While you’re there, make sure to try their homemade baked goods like fresh apple crumble, pumpkin muffins, pies, donuts, apple and pumpkin butter. Be sure to snap some photos of your group in action!
9) Have a Cozy (or Spooky) Movie Night
Spend some time outside before it gets too cold! Cuddle up with your classmates for a film screening under the stars on a cool, crisp fall evening. Bundle up in your favorite blanket with popcorn, treats and hot cocoa to watch favorite flicks with friends.
Host a monthly Movie Night with different themes each month and allow students to vote on which films they would like to see. (October is perfect for binge watching Halloween movies!)
10) Show Off Your Campus Foliage at a Fall Photoshoot