Although we may have outgrown trick-or-treating, there are plenty of other ways for the Wake Forest community to celebrate Halloween on campus that still provide Instagram-worthy photoshoot opportunities.
Attend the Annual Halloween Orchestra Concert
Every year, students from all classes and of all skill levels perform a musical selection so diverse and haunting that it functions as theatre.
The midnight show, which will be conducted by David Hagy on Halloween night, is unique in that it features a plot developed by faculty but is changed by the tricks added by new first year students and returning upperclassmen in their performances.
Tickets are required, but the show is free, and students can reserve their seat in the audience of this longstanding tradition through the music office in Scales.
Brave a haunted tunnel tour
While this is the inaugural year of the haunted tunnel tours showing, the event is generating a buzz that suggests it may become a fan favorite for years to come. The student theatre organization, Anthony Ashton Players, will be hosting a theatrical haunted house and tour of the tunnels from Babcock.
The production on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 8-11 p.m., will be complete with elaborate costumes and makeup.
The theme of the show will center around a haunted, old asylum, and students will be led from the courtyard between Luter and Babcock in groups of five.
Tickets are available online through Eventbrite or at the door for five dollars each.
Carve pumpkins and watch scary movies
You don’t need to attend a structured event in order to partake in Halloween festivities. A fun fall day with friends could include visiting a farm, market or pumpkin patch, baking, watching scary movies, playing games and more.
Buying pumpkins with friends is a great way to celebrate Halloween in a lot of ways without taxing a college student’s tight budget. The pumpkins can be painted or carved as decorations, and the fillings can be used for treats — the flesh is the basis of delicious pies and the seeds are a great snack food if roasted.
There are many pumpkin patches in the Winston-Salem area including Maple Springs United Methodist Church patch on Reynolda Road, The Children’s Home Pumpkin Patch on Reynolda Road, Myers Greenhouse on South Stratford Road, Hawks Pumpkin Patch near Stratford Road, Tanglewood Park Farms and the Dixie Classic Fairground Farmers Market.
Some of these patches offer many different varieties of pumpkins and sell other local products like desserts, ciders and jams. A few even offer hay rides and other fun activities.
To cook pumpkin seeds after carving a jack-o-lantern, separate the seeds from the stringy pulp by rinsing them in a colander or sink basin with cold water. To dry them, roast them with oil at a low temperature for 30 minutes. Then, toss the seeds with more oil and your choice of spices before baking into a crisp, golden snack.
Try tossing the seeds with a spicy seasoning salt, maple syrup and brown sugar, smoked paprika and nuts or parmesan and oregano.
While the seeds are in the oven, heat up some spiced apple cider, turn on a scary movie, grab a blanket and settle in for a memorable evening with friends.