Celebrating Halloween after trick-or-treating

It’s hard to believe that October is nearly over––considering it’s just now becoming cooler outside. As the end of the month nears, the spookiest day of the year is upon us.

Halloween is the one night a year where all the ghouls, ghosts and zombies come out to play…well, people dressed as them.

Being an adult during halloween may not involve trick or treating, but that should not stop someone from celebrating their once favorite holiday. Here is a guide to have a fun Halloween as a college student.


Attend/Throw a party!

Head to your local dollar store to get some cheap decorations to hang up around your apartment or house to create a spooky atmosphere. You may even want to go as far as creating a haunted house for your party.

After you’ve decorated your place for the celebration––depending on how much work you want to do––you can make some Halloween themed foods and drinks. Delish has over 40 different Halloween themed items to make for a party.

To make your party even more fun, make it a costume party! Ask all your friends to dress up and everyone can vote on their favorite!


Go to a pumpkin patch, a haunted house, a corn maze or take a hayride

Knoxville has a website that lists all the local places to go during October for Halloween festivities. There are a handful that are still open through the 31.

Get a group of friends together and plan an evening out together. Make the night even more fun by dressing up as a group––bring back your childhood and be the Mystery Inc. crew.


Watch a scary movie

Maybe going out isn’t your thing or doesn’t fit your schedule. You can always stay in and watch scary movies. Whether it be with your significant other, best friends, family or by yourself, scary movies are always a good go-to for Halloween. Netflix and Hulu both have a fairly extensive list of classic Halloween movies that are available to stream. Just curl up on your couch in your pajamas and favorite candy and enjoy your night in.


Halloween isn’t just for kids; it can be for adults too. It may not be the same as trick-or-treating, but there is still plenty of fun to be had.


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Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

UT students shadow, perform ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Friday, Oct. 27 the Campus Events Board held its annual “Rocky Horror Picture Show” event in the HPER building showing the movie with a live shadow cast performance at midnight.

The event featured “The Virgin Games” for students who had never attended a live showing an hour before the 1975 film began. The audience learned how to participate with the film and live cast as they learned call backs to dialogue and dance moves.

As an annual event for the university, UTK students of all years, majors and levels of experience audition to be members of the shadow cast who perform alongside the film and interact with the audience.

“We did auditions back in September, and it was a two-day audition. I just went for it. About a day or two later I got the call saying that I was in,” Jared Sanchez said.

Sanchez, a junior who performed as a Transylvanian, said, “It has been amazing. We have worked really hard to try to put together a great show for the students here at UT.”

As cast members and “Rocky Horror” fans, the student actors explained the show to the audience.

First time cast member Andrew Gilreath described the film as “a cult-classic, 1970’s movie that makes fun of the horror movies from the old days. It is kind of a rock-opera musical, and it is very sensual. The show is the audience and the performers acting as one to have a really enjoyable time.”

The actors claimed their experiences in the shadow cast were memorable and enjoyable.

Senior and MC/Director Zach Ash has been a cast member every year he has been at UT.

“It has been fantastic. This is the main opportunity I have the entire academic year to fully release all the stress in a way that benefits the school,” Ash said. “It has become very near and dear to my heart, and I look forward to it every year. It feels like something is missing when it is over.”

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” event continues to be fun for audiences and the cast. The show is set to continue in the future.

Check out the UTK Campus Events Board social media for more upcoming student events: @UTKCEB

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Edited by Lexie Little

Howl-O-Ween brings costumed pups to UT Gardens

On Sunday, Oct. 22, Knoxville and surrounding communities could be found at the UT Gardens for the fourth annual Howl-O-Ween pooch parade and pet expo.

The event, which lasted from 1-5 p.m., encouraged dog owners to bring their furry friends in Halloween costumes, tour the pet expo, grab something to eat at the food trucks and watch or participate in one of the four pooch parades.

Freshman Riley Doty knew she wanted to attend the event upon hearing the details.

“I heard dogs and that they were going to be in Halloween costumes,” she said. “That’s like my two favorite things coming together!”

The pooch parade was divided into four categories: Funny Bone, Bad to the Bone, Do(g) It Yourself and Pup Culture. Each category had a separate parade for dog-lovers and dog-owners to watch and enjoy or for dressed up dogs to walk in. The dogs and their owners paraded through the UT Gardens, passed the judge’s table, and down a path lined with eager dog-lovers.

“The parade was just so funny,” freshman Erin Young stated, “I love dogs. It makes me miss my dog more.”

The Howl-O-Ween event featured a variety of vendors including grooming services, pet supplies, advocacy groups, pet rescue facilities, veterinary hospitals and many more. One vendor, known as Dogwood Dogcamp, even had a few puppies available for adoption at the event.

Dogs of every breed and size could be found lounging in the sun and playing with their owners. Food trucks served hot dogs, barbeque, and a variety of other treats for hungry event attendees. For hungry or thirsty pets, many vendors provided treats and the event put together a “Hydration Station” to keep the dogs cool on the warm day. The event brought together people and pooches of all ages for an afternoon of awareness and fun.

For more information and pictures from the Howl-O-Ween event, visit the Tennessee Journalist Facebook page for live videos or the UT Gardens Howl O Ween Facebook page.

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Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Friday the 13th: History and superstitions

Friday the 13th, coined the most unlucky day of the year, brings haunts today, Oct. 13, 2017.

Friggatriskaidekaphobia, the fear of Friday the 13th, may be causing some panic today in what many consider to be the spookiest month of the year leading up to Halloween. However, the day itself is filled with scary movies and crazy superstitions.

While its exact origin is unknown, there is no real evidence of the superstition until the 19th century. However, the number 13 has always had some unlucky connotations associated with it, according to the International Business Times.

The Thirteen Club, started in 1881, tried to change the negative connotation surrounding the number 13. During their first meeting, the club walked under ladders and spilled salt to prove that doing those things did not cause bad luck. 

The number 13 has always had a bad reputation. Humans have tried to avoid the number in every possible situation, like 13th street or the 13th floor.

Along with the number 13 being deemed unlucky, Friday also falls into the same category. Friday was deemed a day of ill luck in previous centuries. Many believe this stems biblically from the cruxifixction of Jesus on a Friday. Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” also note Friday being an unlucky day.

So as one can see, mixing an unlucky number with an unlucky day of the week seems to create the most scary day… at least if you happen to believe in superstitions.

Here are seven superstitions to avoid on Friday the 13th:

  • Walking under a ladder. It is believed that if you walk under a ladder, no matter where, it will bring you misfortune. 

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  • Crossing paths with a black cat. Black cats are associated with witches and witchcraft, so it is deemed best to not cross paths with one.   

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  • Spilling salt. Some people believe that spilling salt with cause bad luck. To avoid it, you must take the spilled salt and throw it over your shoulder. 

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  • Broken or cracked mirrors. Some believe breaking a mirror causes seven years of bad luck. This superstition comes from the belief that mirrors trap your soul in it.

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  • 666. These are considered the numbers of the devil.
  • Not opening umbrellas inside. Opening or having an open umbrella inside a building is believed to cause seven years of bad luck, just like the broken mirrors 

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  •  Picking a penny on tails up. If you find a penny on heads, pick it up! It will bring you good luck. If you find a penny on tails… run away, run far away. If  the penny is flipped to heads and you don’t pick it up, you’ll get bad luck. 

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University of Tennessee also has its own superstitions that people tend to avoid throughout the year.

The biggest superstition surrounds the university seal by Hodges Library on Pedestrian Walkway. Legend says if you cross the seal, you will not graduate on time. Many students avoid crossing or stepping on the seal at all costs. By doing so, they hope to graduate in four years or less.

Whether the legends hold true or not, today serves as a fun day of mischief leading up to Halloween. Happy haunts!


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Edited by: Vanessa Rodriguez

3 Simple and Cute Treats for Halloween

As Halloween is only two days away, it’s that time to Google late-minute costume ideas, run to the grocery store for candy and most importantly, look for some fun treats to make for your festivities.

But, who really has the time to sit on Pinterest for hours looking for the best sweets the internet has to offer? I have gathered three simple and festive treats for you that will charm your guests and get them in the spooky spirit!

recipe3Pumpkin Cheesecake

This is a delicious dessert that feeds into all of our inner pumpkin spice dreams! You can either put it in plastic cups and serve it as a dessert cocktail, or put it in a pan and serve it for a nice dinner.

Estimated Time: 20 minutes to make and 2 hours to chill in the refrigerator.

Jello No-Bake Cheesecake and Crust Mix
Pumpkin Puree (15 oz. can)
1 teaspoon of all spice
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 cup of milk
3 teaspoons of sugar (Or a sugar substitute)
1 tablespoon of butter
Cool Whip (optional)
Plastic cups (optional)

1. To begin, mix the crust mixture with the two tablespoons of butter and 1 teaspoon of sugar. You can add more butter if you like. The Jello box suggests 5 tablespoons, but for this recipe, you don’t have to have the crust moist if you don’t prefer. (I enjoyed the consistency of the dry graham cracker mix with the texture of the pumpkin cheesecake.)

2. Mix the cup of milk with the cheesecake mix. After you have thoroughly mixed those two ingredients, add the pumpkin puree.

3. Add the 1 teaspoon of all spice, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of sugar to the cheesecake mixture.

4. Lastly, gather the plastic cups or whatever you would like to put the cheesecake in, and layer the crust at the bottom and cheesecake mixture on top. For reference, I put two tablespoons of crust on the bottom and then two tablespoons of cheesecake mixture on top; but, if you like a less even ratio to crust-cheesecake, then add more or less of the crust and cheesecake! Then place it into the fridge for a couple hours to let it chill.


Pumpkin Patch Dirt-Cakerecipe1

Reminiscent of my elementary school years, this is a must-have for my friends and I at all of our Halloween parties. This is the quickest and cheapest of the three recipes, but the taste is still as heavenly. Good for Halloween parties for five-year-olds and college students, this recipe is a win-win all around.

Estimated Time: 15 minutes

Chocolate Pudding (You can either make your own or buy pudding that is already made.)
Pumpkin Candy Corn
Green Sour Patch Straws (optional)
Plastic Cups

1. If you decided to make your own pudding, then you would just need to prepare it first so it has time to chill in the refrigerator or freezer.

2. Crush the Oreos. If you can find pre-crushed oreos at the grocery store, this will save you a lot of time as this is the most time-consuming step. What I initally did was put the oreos in a ziplock bag and used the end of a screwdriver to crush them, but I found if I put the Oreos in the plastic cups and used the end of a utensil to crush them that it was quicker. There are other methods on the internet to crushing oreos if neither of these work for you!

3. Layer the oreos and pudding in an order and ratio that you like. I layered the oreos first, at the bottom, and then the pudding with a ratio of 2:1 oreos and had two layers of each. Lastly, after layering your oreos and pudding, just place your pumpkin candy corn on top and add the green sour patch straws!


recipe22Halloween White-Chocolate Bark

I vote this one as the most fun and frustrating to make. The decorating part is very gratifying, however, the waiting for the chocolate to melt part is quite the opposite. If you are trying to challenge yourself and work on your patience, this is perfect as that is exactly what you will need for when you are melting the chocolate. If you also just want a cute treat to sit on your counter at your party, this is perfect, as well. Easy to make look good and simply delicious, this is definitely one of the best Halloween treats out there!

Estimated Time: 30 minutes to make and 20 minutes to chill in freezer.

White Chocolate Chip Morsels
Orange Food Coloring
Candy Corn
Assorted Chocolate Candies (I used Snickers, M&M’s and Kit-Kats)

1.  Heat the white chocolate. This is a tedious step and you will have to keep a watchful eye. Take a glass bowl and place it on top the pot on the stove. This creates a double barrier for the chocolate to warm and making it less likely to burn. Set the stove on medium heat and put the chocolate in the glass bowl. Stir the chocolate throughout the entire process, like I said, you will need to keep a careful eye on the chocolate as it can burn very easily. It will take 15-20 minutes for the chocolate to fully melt. You can add a dash of milk to help the chocolate to melt, but add the tiniest bit because adding too much will make the chocolate difficult to freeze.

2. Add the orange food coloring to the chocolate while it is still on the stove. It is important that you do not remove the chocolate from the stove before you are prepared to do the future steps, as the chocolate will harden very quickly. Add as much food coloring as you wish, the more food coloring the darker the orange of the bark will be.

3. Once the chocolate is melted and the food coloring is added, prepare what you will lay the chocolate on. I put wax paper down on a plate, but you can also use Pam to spray a plate or baking sheet.

4. Take the glass bowl off of the stove and pour the chocolate onto your platter. Smooth the chocolate out into any shape you would like, but I will warn you that the bark does not cut off clean so your shape may not remain.

5. Lastly, the fun part! Decorate your bark any way you like, just try and do it as quickly as you can! I added chocolate sprinkles, Kit-Kats, Snickers, M&M’s and candy corn to mine! Make sure to press your decor down hard into the chocolate so it will not fall off later, and then place your bark into the freezer for twenty-thirty minutes!

Images by Kayla Marcum

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

UTK Trunk or Treat brings safe Halloween fun for all ages

The University of Tennessee United Residence Hall Council and National Residence Hall Honorary hosted their annual Trunk or Treat took place Wednesday Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Circle Park. The goal of the event was to bring the community together for some safe Halloween fun.

There were numerous activities for the children to take part in such as face painting, pumpkin painting and a cake walk. There were 25 decorated trunks full of candy at the event ranging from Finding Nemo and Minion themed to ghost and spider themed. Additionally, plenty of Halloween refreshments were provided such as candy apples, cotton candy, chips, cookies, popcorn and drinks.

Organizations including multiple Residence Hall Associations, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Student Political Alliance, National Residence Hall Honorary, Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity and many more were represented at Trunk or Treat.

“My favorite part about Trunk or Treat is seeing kids from around Knoxville come together for a night of fun and community building,” said Dylan Roberts, President of National Residence Hall Honorary and Resident Assitant in Fred D. Brown Hall. He spoke about his passion for putting this event on and seeing what impact it makes on everyone who participates. He then said, “I also love seeing the different UT organizations come together to build that sense of community on campus.”

The University of Tennessee Police Department also made an appearance at the event, along with the Knoxville Fire Department who passed out candy on the big, red fire trunk.

Miles Basehart, Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Leadership, spoke about his contribution with putting this event on while celebrating his daughter’s first Halloween. He summed up Trunk or Treat by saying, “We do this event every year because we want a safe environment for the children of Knoxville to be able to come to around Halloween. We want to engage the UT community by letting any organization be a part of this, as well. The turn out gets better and better every year.”

You can learn more about the URHC and NRHH organizations on their websites.

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Edited by Katy Hill