Which colleges celebrate Halloween the hardest? When you’re in college, you've got to take advantage of any excuse to party. And there’s no better time for partying than the candy and booze-filled holiday of Halloween. The best Halloween parties usually have some kind of loose theme tying the revelry together, but as you’ll see on this list of party schools with the biggest Halloween celebrations, sometimes the only theme is “party.”
Some of the colleges on this list go all out and have a decadent evening (or weekend) dedicated to letting their freak flags fly, but a few of the universities at least try to do something festive with the community before smashing pumpkins filled with beer over their heads (or whatever it is that they do). Put on your most Halloween-y soundtrack and see how your alma mater stacks up to the greatest college Halloween celebrations in America.
The best college Halloween parties is a subjective topic, but everyone can agree that they should at least have a few things going for them. Specifically, costumes and at least one instance of everyone doing the Monster Mash. In college, Halloween party schools are a completely different animal than your regular party school. The colleges on this list take the Halloween spirit very seriously. Thank goodness Halloween and spring break aren’t around the same time, or the students at the schools on this list would never get anything done.Vote up which college party is the greatest in America. And if your college does Halloween better than any of the universities on this list, tells us all about it in the comments.
What began in the '70s as a few drunk students getting together and stopping traffic downtown, Ohio University’s Halloween Block Party has since grown into an evening-long event featuring music, a giant cake, and all manner of costumed debauchery. If that doesn't sound like your idea of a good time, Ohio University does offer alternative activities like free movie screenings, and an open swim in the school's aquatic center for students who don’t want to deal with the crowds.
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UW Madison basically has its PhD in partying. What began as a Vietnam War protest has since turned into a 20,000 person party. Madison's Halloween party clogs up State Street for an entire night, somehow taking a city that's already at party level 11, and turning it up even more. This Halloween party is only for professionals.
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ASU is the quintessential party school, so they obviously have a million-billion Halloween parties raging throughout the holiday weekend, but the most interesting tradition is something a little sillier. Every year, the ASU Sun Devils host a baseball scrimmage where the team dresses up in ridiculous costumes and play a four inning game for the locals. After that, all hell breaks loose.
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Everyone agrees that The Exorcist is one of the scariest movies ever made. But did you know that Father Karras's deadly fall was filmed on the Georgetown campus? Every Halloween the film is shown on Copley Lawn. After it ends, students go to the cemetery near Healy Hall for the Healy Howl, i.e. college students getting drunk in a cemetery and howling at the moon. If you've never seen The Exorcist, this seems like a fun way to be introduced to the film and act like a total goon at the same time.
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