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Best College Campus Halloween Traditions

October 31, 2018

Halloween on a college campus is different than anything you’ll ever see.  Students bobbing up and down city streets dressed as villains, princesses, and miscellaneous personalities.  It is the one time of year that it is perfectly acceptable to run down campus dressed as Walter White, Nicki Minaj, James Bond or whomever you aspire to be.

So where are the best Halloween traditions taking place?  Clearly, it is in the eye of the beholder, but in an attempt to avoid the college bias, here are 5 of the best college traditions and campuses to celebrate Halloween:

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve knows how to do Halloween.  Their annual traditions include the physics department’s The Great Galileo.  The staff drops pumpkins from the top of the physics building in honor of Galileo’s role during the Scientific Revolution while bystanders enjoy pumpkin pie and cider from down below.  MIT celebrates in a similar pumpkin dropping fashion.

Fordham University

A few years ago, Fordham students began a tradition of making a trek to downtown Manhattan for the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.  The parade has been a New York tradition for almost 40 years and the not-for-profit festivity is committed to “the cultural and imaginative life of New York City,” according to their mission statement.  While some students hit Manhattan, other Fordham traditions include celebrating through their on-campus Haunted House that is partnered with a Bronx soup kitchen (POTS—Part of the Solution organization).

University of California-Santa Barbara

UC-Santa Barbara is notorious for their Halloween bashes.  The school is celebrating 12 days of Halloween this year, thanks to the holiday landing on a Wednesday.  Parties and festivities run rampant for nearly two weeks and while security is heightened for the sake of the students, Halloween madness is prevalent and at an all-time high.

Bucknell University

Zombie walks are part of the norm at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  This consists of armies of zombies jaunting down Market Street as they are accompanied by police personnel.  A few years ago, zombies assembled on campus, gooning their way through town to a screening of the class film, “Night of the Living Dead.”

University of Rochester

University of Rochester’s Scare Fair is a definite claim to fame: For over 80 years now, the Rush Rhees Library has played home to various campus ghost stories thanks to its dark, mountainous collection of literature hidden in the library’s passageways.  Librarians transform the Rhees Library into a haunted house for the biggest of book lovers each year.  The school also offers a brass concert performing various Halloween hits by the school’s band and choir.

GradGuard wants to wish you a very happy and safe Halloween this year! Dress up, eat some candy, and get your spook on!

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Halloween Tricks and Treats

October 30, 2018

As Halloween approaches (arguably the best time of the year) there are always fun crafts and treats that can be done! Here are a few suggestions from the GradGuard team to have a fun and safe Halloween!

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Always a fun no-bake dessert! Get yourself some vanilla pudding, Oreo cookies (look for the tombstone Halloween ones!), gummy worms, and some Ghost Peeps and you are set to make this fun Halloween treat for your whole floor! Just start by following the instructions on the instant pudding and put it in a glass/metal pan to chill in the fridge. Then crush up some Oreos and cover the top of the top of the pudding with the crumbs to create a “dirt” effect. Once that is completed, just add the ghost Peeps, gummy worms, and Tombstone Oreo cookies to make your own creepy, delicious design. Definitely a Halloween favorite!

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Everyone knows this one! Sometimes the best part of having to carve a pumpkin is getting those yummy seeds! Once you finish gutting your pumpkin, be sure to clean the seeds and place them on a cookie sheet covered with foil. Once they’ve had a chance to dry (3-4 hours) you’re welcome to add a few spices and pop them in the oven for about 45 minutes at 300 degrees! This is a great, healthy snack for all diets and eating lifestyles! Not to mention they are perfect for the fall weather.

Making Gingerbread “Haunted” Houses

This could be a good one for those that are already in the Holiday spirit but aren’t ready to bust out the Christmas lights yet. Start with your favorite Gingerbread mix/premade cookie squares that you can find at the store, then load up on all of the funky fixings that you can find (gummy worms, gummy hands, candy eyeballs, candy spiders/bones, etc.) and go to town! Build your structure then add all of the fun additions that you picked out. You can use your favorite frosting as “glue” to add on the treats and keep everything together. This is a fun tradition you can start with your family or friends!

Witchy Apple Heads

Witchy apple heads are a cute craft that is simple, yet a little more time-consuming. Start with shaving an apple of the skin, then carve your own funky face into it. It can be scary, silly, or simple and then insert a popsicle stick in the bottom of it and leave it on a paper plate to dry. Give it a few days to wilt and become really wrinkly before adding your own artsy flare to it! Once the apple is dried, you can give it a witch hat, some yarn hair, a cloak, and maybe a little witches broom. This is not one to be eaten, but a cute little centerpiece for your coffee table.

As the witching hour approaches, put on a scary movie or podcast and gather your friends to create something cute this Halloween season! Remember, GradGuard is spooky this week! Be sure to check us out for fun Halloween posts!

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Perfect Podcasts for Halloween

October 29, 2018

The weather is cooling down so the time is coming for that thrilling, chilling night. For those of you that enjoy a little terror, we have a few podcasts that you absolutely MUST listen to this Halloween season.

The No Sleep Podcast

This one is a necessity. A horror fiction podcast that developed from Reddit’s No Sleep Forum, the No Sleep Podcast has been going on for many years and has quite a few seasons! They release new episodes every Sunday and even have some special bonus episodes that are released during the week for those that are season pass members. Scary stories, great voice actors, and specific Halloween themed episodes? This one is perfect for you as long as you’re not faint of heart. “As the sleepless hours of the night tick past” bundle up with a blanket and maybe a few friends as you turn down the lights and listen.

Darkest Night

If you enjoyed No Sleep, then you should check out Darkest Night. This is an audio program produced by Shudder. This one is best listened to with headphones so you get the scariest effect. The sound production of this podcast is phenomenal and it truly makes you feel like you are right there with the characters. Darkest Night follows the experiments of the Roth-Lodbow Center for Advanced research and their present project known as Project Cyclops. There are a few seasons of this podcast and they have just started season 3! Once again scary and mystifying, this one is binge-worthy.


Lore is a great podcast for those who are interested in weird things but aren’t necessarily ready for Darkest Night or No Sleep. Lore brings all of your favorite mysteries to life! It educates you about legends, ghost stories, and is even a series on Amazon Prime! For all of you weirdos out there who want to learn more about the Lore of different religions, cultures, and locations, this is one of the best out there.

Lake Clarity

Lake Clarity is a perfect middle ground between Lore and Darkest Night. It is for those who want something suspenseful and scary, but maybe still want to be able to sleep at night. Season one follows a group of young adults who are visiting a campsite to do some exploring and naturally, everything starts to get strange. With short episodes and a compelling storyline, this one is a great alternative to a scary movie.


With these podcasts in mind, why not light some candles, cozy up with some hot cider, and let yourself get a little spooked this season. As October comes to an end, just remember to be safe while having some fun! Check out GradGuard on social media this week for more Halloween posts!