Walk down a hallway in any given dormitory during October and screams, either from a television or someone watching a scary movie in honor of Halloween, are inevitable.
It is a favored time of year for Queens students – it is the season for carving pumpkins, binge-watching scary movies and attending Halloween events on the Queens campus. For freshmen, Halloween is a chance to get acclimated to traditions around the Queens neighborhood.
For senior Eric Brown, there is nothing better than the Campground Massacre at the Fort Mill Kampgrounds of America (KOA). “There are over 50 actors, and lots of jumps and scares,” he said.
Brown also attends the annual Ghost Stories event hosted by Campus Union Board. “Afterwards we go around campus to the places they mention,” he said, referring to the ghost story settings. “Unfortunately we haven’t found anything that backs up the stories.”
Some of the tales shared at the CUB ghost stories event include stories about an orphanage that burned down, a fatal love triangle, a jealous lover committing murder and Queens founders who still remain on campus playing old instruments in the dead of night. Brown said his favorite story is that of the murder above the Lion’s Den in Morrison.
“I like how realistic that one seemed,” he said.
According to legend, when Queens was still an all-women’s college, the rooms above the dining hall (now Student Life and Residence Life offices) were dormitories. A resident was dating a serviceman and wrote him a break up letter while he was deployed. Upon his return, he visited her, pulled the fire alarm so that everyone would rush out, put a rope around her neck and threw her over the banister. Today, you can still see the banister blocked off from the stairs in Morrison.
Queens students are also forming their own Halloween traditions off campus.
A typical Halloween for junior Amber Earley involves being “creative and destructive” to a pumpkin. “I always carve a pumpkin, partly for that creative and destructive element, and partly for the pumpkin seeds I bake,” she said.
She also spends time with her friends and fiancé, watching horror movies and eating “too much candy.” She said she does not have a favorite Halloween movie, but that her favorite candy around the holiday is miniature Butterfingers.
Senior Alli Rybak has three requirements for a good Halloween: the “Hocus Pocus” movie, carving a pumpkin and dressing up to go see “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Cinebarre in Uptown. Last year, Rybak was involved in the Queens production of Rocky Horror Picture Show by assisting with choreography. She also likes to dress up during the day on Halloween.
“I usually wear something that can pass as normal if no one else is dressed up though,” she said.
Freshman Eliza Wireback is looking forward to decorating her dorm with decorations and a pumpkin. “My roommate and suite mates and I are planning on getting a pumpkin this year,” she said. “Although we probably won’t carve it.”
Wireback also enjoys watching the movie “Hocus Pocus,” which seems to be a favorite among Queens students.
Senior Carmen McIver said she is excited to attend her first bar crawl, Whiskey River, in the Epicentre in Uptown. The crawl begins at 7 p.m. and runs through 2 a.m. Groupon is currently offering a deal for $8, which includes the bar crawl where costumed attendees will get entry to all the venues located in EpiCentre. The deal also includes drink specials and a costume contest.