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Aggies Favorite Halloween Traditions

By Brielle Carr |

Utah State Today regularly highlights work created by the talented student journalists at Utah State University. The following story was published in The Utah Statesman prior to its inclusion in Utah State Today.

Students at Utah State University are getting ready to celebrate the scariest time of year by gearing up in their best costumes and participating in local Halloween activities.

This year, Jill Mecham, a student at USU, plans to dress up, make Halloween desserts and decorate “the heck out of” her place.

Last year, Mecham made a pumpkin-shaped cake and deemed it to be one of the most fun traditions she’s ever done. This year, Mecham and her roommates have decided to dress up as Disney villains, with Mecham starring as Dr. Facilier.

Other students, including Rachel Gomez, plan to attend the Howl at USU as part of their celebration. The Howl is an annual event notorious for being one of the biggest Halloween parties in Utah. This year’s theme for the Howl is “What Lies Below.”

Gomez plans to do “Halloweekend” with her roommates as well.

“We just do Halloween stuff the entire weekend,” Gomez said. “We go to pumpkin patches and we paint pumpkins. We carve them. And we get probably too much Halloween candy to share.”

Another spooky Halloween event on campus is Fright Night, hosted by Phi Alpha Theta/History Club on Old Main Hill from 7 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 27. There will be scary stories from history and treats for all those who attend.

The president of the history club, Michaella Whitney, said this event is a great way for students to get involved with Phi Alpha Theta and get to know the faculty in the history department.

And if that’s not incentive enough, prizes will be given to those who show up in the best costumes.

There are two locations in Logan that offer corn mazes: Little Bear Bottoms Corn Maze and the American West Heritage Center.

In downtown Logan there’s a ghost tour at the Cache County Historic Courthouse and Cherry Peak Ski Resort is hosting a Haunted Slopes event.

Hyrum Stallings, a sophomore at USU, is one of many students who came from families who go all out for the Halloween season.

“My family does a 5K run every year on Halloween. Rain or snow, we don’t care. It’s tradition,” Stallings said. “My favorite tradition is we go see a pumpkin catapult competition.”

Stallings referred to the First Dam Scary Run, hosted in Logan on Oct. 30. There is a 5K and 10K run. The turnaround point for the 10K will be at First Dam.


Brielle Carr
Student Reporter
Utah Statesman



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