The Greatest College Halloween Celebrations in America

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Please only vote for college Halloween parties that you have attended

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.

he 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.”


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    159 VOTES
    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. 
    159 votes
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
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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. 
    115 votes
  • Every year for Halloween, this college deep in the heart of Texas hosts the Wicked Woods Haunted Trail, a five acre assault on the senses that ranks as the fifth largest haunted attraction in Texas. Students and members of the community line up to pay to be scared by Texas A&M’s Kappa Sigma chapter all in the name of charity. If you're looking for a break from the usual college booze fests, this might be your best bet. 
    33 votes
  • 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.
    56 votes
  • The home of HP Lovecraft, Brown University, goes full creepy on Halloween and hosts a midnight organ concert that features nothing but death themed music played on the largest remaining Hutchings-Votey organ in the world. Obviously, the set ends with Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. 
    44 votes
  • Penn State celebrates Halloween with a pumpkin carving festival that spans not only the campus, but the entire surrounding community. The festival is an all day thing that features pumpkin carving (duh), corn husk dolls, music, art, and maybe even some pumpkin cider. 
    38 votes