Halloween on campus: Six college traditions across the country

From fundraisers to frozen pumpkins

Emily Hatton, Staff WriterEmily Hatton, staff writer

For college students, Halloween doesn't necessarily revolve around drinking and costumes. At many campuses, it's a time to strengthen town-gown relations, do some physics problems, and an excuse to seriously scare people for a good cause.

University of Richmond: Trick or Treat Street
The community-wide event transforms part of campus into a festival with straw mazes, a pet costume contest, pumpkin decorating, and magicians. Students run many of the stations, and the event provides a safe environment for local children to trick or treat.

Texas A&M University: Wicked Woods
Every year, the local chapter of Kappa Sigma creates the fifth largest haunted trail in the state. The 15-minute experience benefits the Military Heroes Campaign and local food bank. Last year, about 6,000 people went through the trail.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: The Pumpkin Drop
In true MIT fashion, the school's tradition involves engineering and chemistry—of sorts. Students freeze pumpkins and them drop them off the tallest building, the 21-story Green Building, to put on a show of exploding gourds. Participants are first required to calculate what size, temperature, height and velocities will create the largest splash.

Georgetown University: Healy Howl
At night, students head over to the cemetery near Healy Hall. Everyone howls when the clock strikes midnight—and then breaks into the school's fight song. 

Raritan Valley Community College: Spooky Skies
The college hosts a few shows at the campus planetarium, explaining the medieval Irish history of Halloween and drawing links between monsters and celestial objects. 

Pennsylvania State University: Arboretum Pumpkin Festival
The two-year old festival boasts a jack-o-lantern display in a limestone cave, pumpkin carving contest, music, crafts, and snacks.

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