Halloween haunts on campus and around town

Aron Ammann

Staff Writer

While you may be too old to go door to door filling your bags with Halloween candy there are still events on campus, and around the Champaign-Urbana area, that will let you get your ghoul on. This is one holiday that allows you to dress up, let your inner child out, and be a little on the wild side while remaining socially acceptable.

A search of www.visitchampaigncounty.org resulted in a list of activities of varying interest and spookiness, from scary movies and haunted houses to live music and DJ’s to groove to. One shouldn’t have to look far to get their ghost and goblin on!

Events on Campus at Parkland College


Entertainment Technologies major Chad Myler co-hosts a radio show on Parkland’s alternative radio station 88.7 WPCD and is very excited for his Halloween show that will air on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at 10 a.m.

“Anytime there is a reason to play the Ghostbusters theme song and Monster Mash on the air is a good day,” Myler said.

Student Life

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 the U Wing of Parkland will be an exciting place to be! According to the Student Life, there will be a “Scary-okee” contest as well as a costume contest where the winner can win an iPad Mini!

There will also be a pumpkin carving contest between all of the student clubs on campus taking place the same day.

On Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 the Parkland Library, the Center for Academic Success, and the Center for Excellence have something up their sleeve! While no one would give any particulars to what ghoulish things they have planned, they wanted students to know that they should stop by the library and D120’s Center for Academic Success on Halloween to find out!

Parkland Science Club

Join the Parkland Science Club for Halloween Movie Night in room L-111 on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. Cookies and candy will be provided and participants are free to dress up.

Events around town

Virginia Theater

The Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign will be showing a perfect Halloween movie. Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” will run at 7 and 10 p.m.on Halloween night for the cost of $6.

Midway of Madness Haunted Barn

Join us at the Midway of Madness Haunted Barn for the third year at the Champaign County Fairgrounds! The fair is over and the fright begins, running on Fridays through Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. The Midway of Madness Haunted Barn is recommended for ages 10 and up, and costs $10 to attend.

Canopy Club

Canopy Club will be celebrating Halloween night with Rami, Meccom, El.J, Lloyd and Jun.Bug. Doors open at 9 p.m. You must be 18+ to enter. The cost to attend is$10 with costume, and $15 without.

Wesley Haunted House

The Wesley Haunted House is taking place at the Wesley Foundation, which is located at 1203 S. Green Street in Urbana, IL, will run from Thursday, Oct. 23 to Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. This haunted house is put on by University of Illinois and Parkland College students. The cost is $8 and proceeds go towards the Wesley Evening Food Pantry.

Allerton ParkAn Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

This event will allow attendees to listen to the haunting stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe while surrounded by the grandeur and mystery of the Allerton Mansion on Halloween night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Afterwards, take a candlelight tour of the Mansion and learn the history of the house and the man behind it all. Reservations are encouraged, please call 217-333-3287 to purchase tickets and make reservations. Ticket cost $20.

Fluid Events Center

The Haunt at Bone Saw Mill, located at the Fluid Events Center, entails some of the most twisted and bloodcurdling visions of horror imaginable, filled with spine-chilling denizens of the dark beyond. Tickets cost $15. The event will run every weekend in October, and Oct 29 through Nov. 1, 2014 from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Art Theater Co-op Shocktober Filmfest 2014

The Night of the Living Dead, with a Live Score performed by the Andrew Alden Ensemble, will show on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 10 p.m.

John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic Halloween will air on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at 10 p.m. Rocky Horror Picture show will air Halloween night at 11:59 p.m. and will feature audience participation and sing-alongs.

And of course there are Pumpkin Patches scattered throughout the rural areas of Champaign County for Halloween fun and Jack o’ Lanterns just waiting to be carved or painted! So get out and get your spook on!