The Halloween Hubbub: 2017

October 24, 2017

Explore these fun and spooky activities on or near campus

With Halloween approaching faster than a hungry werewolf, there are countless ways for Spartans to celebrate responsibly––especially since we all know Halloween lasts much longer than one day here at MSU!

Halloween-2017To help you have a memorable, enjoyable, and safe Halloween, we offer a schedule of all the fun and fearsome events happening on or near MSU's campus.

Compiled and written by Marlee Talbot, ’19, and Student Affairs Communications

Now through October 27


Halloween Card Drive
For children admitted to Sparrow Hospital
Cards collected until 3 p.m. on Friday, October 27, at OCAT, 3rd floor of the Student Services Building, or by pick-up
A coalition of student groups, MSU departments, and community organizations, coordinated by MSU students Tyler Logan and Yamani Vinson, are working together to assemble Halloween cards and candy bags to bring some special Halloween Spartan Spirit to children at Sparrow Hospital. Assisting organizations include the Student Parent Resource Center, Black Student Alliance, the Community Relations Coalition, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, MSU Dream Team, the East Lansing Public Library, and the East Lansing Police Department.

MSU’s Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT) is serving as a drop-off location—or you can schedule a “pick-up” by emailing Logan (logantyl@msu.edu) or Vinson (vinsonya@msu.edu). Contact them for more information.


Thursday, October 26Safe Halloween

MSU Greek Life Safe Halloween
5:30-7:30 p.m. at M.A.C. Avenue between Linden Street & Burcham Drive
Free
This event is hosted by the MSU Greek Life community with participation from ASMSU and other campus organizations. Safe Halloween will include tons of fun activities for all ages such as face painting, Halloween games, trick-or-treating at the various Greek houses, costume contests, inflatable moonwalk, a reading circle, arts and crafts, and much more.

A DJ will also be playing some family friendly Halloween tunes, while local businesses will be handing out trick-or-treat goodies. There will even be a food truck at the event. Swing by and get some great food for an amazing cause, because all fundraising will benefit East Lansing Public Libraries’ Mobile Library project.

Safe Halloween will take place along M.A.C. Avenue between Linden Street and Burcham Drive, with free parking will be available at East Lansing High School. For more information, visit the Safe Halloween Facebook event page or contact the Safe Halloween Director Ellie Small at smalleli@msu.edu.

Halloqueer MixerLBGT POC Halloween mixer
6:30 p.m. in Room 6 of the Student Services Building
Free

This mixer is hosted by MSU’s LGBT People of Color, and everyone is welcome! There will be pizza, cookies, great music, and a costume contest with prizes. The event will take place in Room 6 of the Student Services Building. For more information, contact the LBGT RC at 517-353-9520 or visit the website.

Friday, October 27

LBGT Resource Center TGIF Halloween Drop-In & "Rocky Horror Picture Show" Screening
2-4 p.m., LBGT Resource Center, 3rd floor of the Student Services Building
Free
Treats, fun, and of course Frank N. Furter, Janet, Brad and friends will be on hand (if only in spirit) for this event, hosted by the MSU LGBT Resource Center on the third floor of the Student Services Building. For more information, contact the Quinn Harrison at harr1363@msu.edu or the LBGT RC at 517-353-9520--or visit the website.

Nightmare on Nupe Street (SOLD OUT)
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Demonstration Hall
Sold Out
Kappa Alpha Psi is hosting a Halloween-themed party in Demonstration Hall. Costume are strongly encouraged. Entry into this party will be by ticket and Michigan State University identification only. Unfortunately, tickets have already sold out for this awesome event. Unfortunately, there is no ticket waiting list for this event.

Halloween-2017MSU’s Haunted Aud: Camp Red Cedar
8-10 p.m., The Auditorium Building, corner of Auditorium Road & Farm Lane
$15 online or at the door
MSU’s Theatre Department will once again turn the MSU Auditorium into a haunted house in a truly hair-raising experience. “Are the voices in your head? Are you brave enough to allow those tormented souls trapped within the Auditorium to haunt you? Don’t diverge from the path!” Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the Theatre Department’s website or at the door. All proceeds from the event will assist student organizations and initiatives.

Saturday, October 28

MSU’s Haunted Aud: Camp Red Cedar
10 p.m.-1 a.m., The Auditorium Building, corner of Auditorium Road & Farm Lane
$15 online or at the door
MSU’s Theatre Department will once again turn the MSU Auditorium into a haunted house in a truly hair-raising experience. “Are the voices in your head? Are you brave enough to allow those tormented souls trapped within the Auditorium to haunt you? Don’t diverge from the path!” Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the Theatre Department’s website or at the door. All proceeds from the event will assist student organizations and initiatives.

Sunday, October 29

MSU’s Haunted Aud: Camp Red Cedar
7-11 p.m., The Auditorium Building, corner of Auditorium Road & Farm Lane
$15 online or at the door
MSU’s Theatre Department will once again turn the MSU Auditorium into a haunted house in a truly hair-raising experience. “Are the voices in your head? Are you brave enough to allow those tormented souls trapped within the Auditorium to haunt you? Don’t diverge from the path!” Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the Theatre Department’s website or at the door. All proceeds from the event will assist student organizations and initiatives.

Monday, October 30

Great Pumpkin Walk
5-7 p.m., Downtown East Lansing
The City of East Lansing hosts the Great Pumpkin Walk each year on the streets of downtown East Lansing. Families are encouraged to bring their children in full costume to receive free treats from more than 50 downtown merchants.  Downtown parking will be free from 4:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 517-319-6930 or visit the City of East Lansing’s Halloween events page.

“Land of Oz” at the Wild Goose Inn 
5-7 p.m., Downtown East Lansing
As part of the Great Pumpkin Walk, Wild Goose Inn hosts the “Land of Oz" event each year. With the assistance of costumed characters, this downtown bed & breakfast is transformed into the enchanting “Land of Oz.” For more information, call (517) 319-6930 or visit the City of East Lansing’s Halloween events page.

ArachnoBROADia!
5-7 p.m., Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 East Circle Drive
Stop by MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum for a night of frightening fun for all ages! There will be games, Halloween-themed crafts and snacks. Plus, MSU's Bug House will be there to teach visitors all about their favorite creepy crawly creatures. For more information, visit the ArachnoBROADia! Facebook event page.

Tuesday, October 31

Trick-or-Treating on Halloween Night
6-8 p.m., East Lansing
Not to be forgotten: going door-to-door and scaring (or tricking) people into giving you candy! Official trick-or-treating hours in East Lansing neighborhoods are from 6-8 p.m. on Halloween Night, October 31. For more information, call 517-319-6930 or visit the City of East Lansing’s Halloween events page.

More Halloween Events? Yes… More Halloween Events!

MSU students will be delighted to know that—in addition to the above-listed, fantastically frightening activities—each of MSU’s campus neighborhoods has its own slate of Haloween events for the coming week! Our friends at MSU’s Live On (Residence Education and Housing Services, or REHS) compiled the following list. Events are open to all MSU students.

This year as in past years, Student Affairs, REHS, and residence hall staff members and student organizations are holding initiatives to educate students about cultural appropriation, in which members of one culture adopt elements of another culture, usually without permission.  Some of those are passive campaigns (bulletin boards, social media), while others are active events, such as the MRULE conversation at Akers Hall.

Please note: Unless otherwise noted, events are open to MSU students only.

For more information about Halloween-related events in MSU residence halls, contact your RA.

East Neighborhood

  • Tuesday, October 24: MRULE Cultural Appropriation & Halloween event. Akers
  • Wednesday, October 25: “Hubboween Spectacular.” Fun and festivities, including pumpkin decorating. An alcohol awareness event. Hubbard
  • Wednesday, October 25, 6-8 p.m.: Halloween Duck Days in Brody. Bryan/Armstrong  
  • Thursday, October 26: Hubbard Halloween Celebration. An alcohol awareness event hosted by the Hubbard sub-staff. Hubbard
  • Sunday, October 29: Pumpkin painting. Holmes
  • Monday, October 30: Door decorating completion. Holmes
  • Tuesday, October 31: East Neighborhood “Beauty and the Beast Dinner.” Featuring special food on the menu inspired by the Disney classic, along with caricaturists, and a culinary and costume contest. Hubbard

North Neighborhood

  • Monday, October 30: “Haunted Mayo.” West Circle Signature Program. Mayo

Brody Neighborhood

  • Wednesday, October 25, 8:30 p.m.: Halloween Party. Featuring pumpkin painting and conversations about cultural appropriation. Emmons
  • Thursday, October 26, 8:30 p.m.: Spooky Halloween Scavenger Hunt. Cultural appropriation event. Bailey
  • Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.: “Spooktacular Pumpkins.” Rather
  • Friday, October 27 – Tuesday, October 31: Halloween Costume Contest. Rather
  • Sunday, October 29, 9 p.m.: “Gore Room Extravaganza.” Butterfield
  • Tuesday, October 31, 6-9 p.m.: Safe Halloween Event. University Village

River Trail Neighborhood

  • Now through Thursday, October 26: Reverse Trick-or-Treating. Candy & safety messages delivered by RAs. McDonel
  • Now through Tuesday, October 31: Reverse Trick-or-Treating. Goodies & alcohol awareness messages. Shaw
  • Now through Tuesday, October 31: Cultural Appropriation Campaign. Bulletin boards & social media awareness. Shaw & McDonel
  • Wednesday, October 25: Pumpkin Decorating & Halloween Party. McDonel
  • Tuesday, October 31: Reverse Trick-or-Treating & Pumpkin Painting. Owen & Van Hoosen
  • Wednesday, November 1: Day of the Dead event. Hosted by RAs & Owen Graduate Association. Owen & Van Hoosen

South Neighborhood

  • Now through Tuesday, October 31: Halloween trivia, safety tips & candy at the desk. Wonders
  • Thursday, October 26: Halloween themed roommate game. Case
  • Friday, October 27: Halloween dance & costume contest. Holden
  • Sunday, October 29, all day: Pumpkin carving in the Essex Room. Wilson
  • Monday, October 30: Case Haunted House. Case
  • Tuesday, October 31: Halloween dinner in dining hall; Pumpkin Carving Contest from 5 p.m. to midnight. Wilson
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