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

Volshop to host ‘After Hours Party’ for students

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the VolShop is holding an ‘After Hours Party’ for students to start the semester with some fun.

All students are invited to make their own ice cream sundaes with a variety of toppings to choose from. There will also be plenty of free cookies from Insomnia Cookies.

There will be fun activities, door prizes, games such as “minute to win it” and more. 

All activities during the party will be free.

The event will be located at the VolShop in the Student Union from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For more information on this event, visit UT’s events page.

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Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

McClung Museum hosts Darwin Day birthday celebration, teaches kids about evolutionary science

Knoxville’s young and old alike were invited to McClung Museum on Saturday for the third annual Darwin Day celebration.

This event was the first of four for Darwin Day at UT. It was an early birthday party for Charles Darwin, who was born Feb. 12, 1809. The event was free and family-oriented, with cake, music and crafts for kids of all ages.

Jen Bauer, a graduate student in Earth and Planetary Sciences who volunteers with the museum, said Darwin’s birthday party is a great way to get kids thinking about science.

“We’re just interested in promoting evolutionary science in general and dispelling a lot of misinformation that’s out there. We just want kids to be excited about science and not be afraid to ask questions,” she said.

One activity that helped the kids start thinking about evolutionary science was at the crafts table, where they made their own phylogenetic trees. Phylogenetic trees are diagrams that show evolutionary relationships between different species. The kids could make them out of construction paper, popsicle sticks and string.

“They can pick the animals that they want to be on the tree, and think about how they’re related to one another and then take it home and hang it up,” Bauer said.

Other activities attendees could participate in were making buttons, completing a scavenger hunt through McClung Museum and taking pictures with the Charles Darwin puppet.

Isabella Armsworth, 6, liked the arts and crafts the best, while her sister Rose, 8, said sharing a birthday with Darwin and celebrating it there too was her favorite part. Louis Sincavage, 6, said his favorite part was the museum itself.

The party wasn’t just for kids, either. As senior community member Jack Slaughter said, “It’s something fun to do, to get away from the Super Bowl.”

Even Monty the Edmontosaurus, unofficial mascot of McClung Museum, joined in on the fun with a party hat of his own. Monty’s party hat was made for him by Lindsey Jo Wainwright, coordinator of Academic Programs at McClung Museum.

“It turns out you can’t buy dinosaur sized party hats,” Wainwright said.

The Darwin Day fun will continue next week with a parade and two lectures.

The Evolution and Science Parade will take place on Pedestrian Walkway at 12 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13. The Keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Stacey D. Smith in AMB Cox Auditorium at 7 p.m. that evening. Smith will discuss this year’s theme, plant adaptation.

The final event will be a lecture by Darwin Day Tennessee Founder, Dr. Massimo Pigliucci at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Full details can be found here.

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Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

TNJN Kitchen: Creative Halloween party treats

Halloween has finally arrived. This time of year brings creepy costumes, lots of candy and of course parties. The best Halloween parties to attend are always the ones that “go all out” with fun party snacks.

However, as college students, we tend to find the cheapest way out of things until we make it back home for the holidays. This includes our pitiful DIY costumes and Dollar Tree decorations.

I have composed two super easy and CHEAP Halloween recipes that are perfect to bring to a party or to serve at your own monster mash. Add a glass of apple cider and a bowl of candy to impress all your friends with these creative and creepy snack ideas!

Monster Marshmallow Pumpkin Treats

Create a fun pumpkin shape for these pumpkin marshmallow treats.//Photo by Katy Hill
Create a fun pumpkin shape for with these marshmallow treats.//Photo by Katy Hill

What you need:

  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 5 ½ cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice krispies
  • Orange food coloring (red and yellow combined)
  • Mini tootsie rolls
  • Optional- candies, chocolate icing, Nutella, or sprinkles to decorate


In a large pot, melt and slightly brown the butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and vanilla extract and continuously stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Add in the food coloring until the desired color is made. Pour in rice cereal and stir until completely combined. Take the pot off the heat and let sit until cool enough to handle. Spray hands with cooking spray mold the cereal mixture into desired shape. Add the tootsie rolls on top for a stem and decorate however you please!


  • Try adding cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to the marshmallow mixture for an added flavor.
  • Instead of orange, color the treats green or purple and create mini monsters.
  • No food coloring? Shape into little white ghosts and add candy eyes.

Creepy Caramel Apple Slices

Dipped apple slices are a cheap and easy Halloween treat to make.//Photo by Katy Hill
Creepy caramel apple slices are a cheap and easy Halloween treat to make.//Photo by Katy Hill

What you need:

  • Apples (green and/or red)
  • Caramel candies
  • Water
  • Lollipop or popsicle sticks
  • Cinnamon
  • Optional- sprinkles, nuts, and candies to dip and decorate


Cut apples into individual slices and insert a stick into each one. Follow directions on caramel candy package to melt (add candies and water into pot and stir over low heat). Chop nuts and candies and place into separate bowls. Once caramel has melted, dip the apples and cover with any topping you like.


  • Like traditional caramel apples? Follow the recipe but don’t cut into slices.
  • Try topping with salt or espresso powder for a more gourmet take.
  • Separate each ingredient into bowls and create a fondue station.

Edited by Jessica Carr