Boo 22: Campus Halloween Happenings
by Buffy Lockette
Jacksonville State is having back-to-back theme weeks. As soon as the banners and decorations come down for Homecoming Week 2022, it will be time to light the jack-o'-lanterns for a week of fun-filled Halloween festivities.
MONDAY, OCT. 24
Spooky Open House and Escape Rooms: The JSU Writing Center and Digital Writing Lab will host a Halloween themed open house on Oct 24, 4-6 p.m., in Stone Center, Rooms 228 and 230. Activities will include an array of mini escape rooms, a "Monster Mash" and "Thriller" dance-off, a "How to Survive a Horror Film" infographic competition and a villainous "elevator pitch" competition. Families are welcome and refreshments will be served.
Tubaween: (SOLD OUT) The beloved annual music spooktacular is so popular it's been extended to two nights this year - Oct. 24 and Oct. 26. The JSU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble and ENCORE! show choir will perform haunting hits in Mason Hall, Room 351, from 7:30-10 p.m. The event is free but tickets are required. UPDATE on 10/24 at 1:40 p.m. - tickets for the Oct. 24 show are no longer available.
TUESDAY, OCT. 25
Fall Fun Fest for Faculty and Staff: (canceled) JSU employees are invited to the President's House for this second annual event featuring refreshments, a costume contest, a corn hole tournament and door prizes. UPDATE on 10/24 at 7:14 p.m. - due to the threat of severe weather this event has been canceled.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26
Harvest Festival: Area children are invited to campus to trick or treat the lawn of the Theron Montgomery Building, 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be popcorn, cotton candy, games and a performance by Crazy About Dance.
Halloween Carnival: Enjoy funnel cake, corn dogs, pretzels, chili cheese fries and other carnival goodies at Jack Hopper Dining Hall, 5-7 p.m.
Diwali/Tihar: Celebrate one of the biggest festivals in South Asia, the Festival of Lights, with food and activities, 6:30-8 p.m., at the International House.
Tubaween: (SOLD OUT) The beloved annual music spooktacular is so popular it's been extended to two nights this year - Oct. 24 and Oct. 26. The JSU Tuba Euphonium Ensemble and ENCORE! show choir will perform haunting hits in Mason Hall, Room 351, 7:30-10 p.m. UPDATE on 10/26 at 9 a.m. - tickets for the Oct. 26 are no longer available.
THURSDAY, OCT 27
Double Trouble at the Libraries: The university and city libraries are collaborating to offer a "double header" of Halloween festivities for families on Oct. 27. At 3:30 p.m., the Jacksonville Public Library will present the "Hocus Pocus Spooktacular," followed by Houston Cole Library's "Fifth Floor Frights" at 5:30 p.m. Both events are geared towards young children and will offer spooky stories, creepy crafts, costume contests and treats.
Fashion Show: While not billed as a Halloween event, the much-anticipated Diversity Fashion Show is so diverse it will feature Cosplay and Avant Garde categories. Come cheer on students, faculty and staff as they walk the runway, 6-9 p.m., in Leone Cole Auditorium.
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
Haunted History Walking Tour: The Jacksonville Public Library will host its annual haunted history walking tour around downtown, beginning at 9 p.m. at the library. While it's not a university sponsored event, many of the stories included on the tour focus on early university history. Signup begins at 8:30 p.m. at the library. The event is geared toward ages 13 and older. Light and reflective clothing is recommended.
MONDAY, OCT. 31
Trick or Treat the Caf: The cashiers will be handing out candy all day at Jack Hopper Dining Hall, while the Simple Servings station will provide allergen-free goodies as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Admission to the dining hall is required.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
Dia de Los Muertos: The International House and Programs and the International Student Organization will host a Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Head, celebration on Nov. 2, 5-7 p.m., at the International House. There will be free food, music, games and activities. Everyone is welcome.
Do you have a campus Halloween event to add to the list? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.