Comedian Hasan Minhaj Headlines a Special University-wide Halloween Night Virtual Party
The Weekender: October 29 to November 1
Since your plan this Halloween is to social distance and stick close to home (right?!), we have some suggestions of how to do just that and still have a good time. For starters, F*ck It Won’t Cut It and Boston University Student Government are hosting a big virtual party on Saturday night, and you’ll have an extra hour on Sunday to recover from binge-watching horror movies late into the night, thanks to the end of daylight saving time. (Reminder—turn your clocks back an hour at 2 am Sunday.)
You can also recharge with a yoga class and take a virtual tour of Boston that covers its spooky history. Find a full list of the University’s Halloween events here. Have a happy and safe Halloween weekend.
Individual Dorm Events
In the week leading up to Halloween, individual dorms and residences are getting in the Halloween spirit with costume and suite decoration contests, trick or treating, and more. Check out the full list here for what your residence hall is up to.
Pick Out Your Costume at the Garment District
Need a last-minute costume? If you want a great selection of Halloween costumes at the last minute, head to the Garment District in Cambridge. Close to the Kendall/MIT T stop, the Garment District carries thousands of costumes and accessories, so you will definitely find something up your alley. Google Trends’ annual FrightGeist website reports on national costume searches: this year, a witch, dinosaur, Harley Quinn, and Fortnite appear on the top-10 list.
Kick Off the Weekend with a DIY Horror Movie Marathon
For a socially distanced Halloween, horror movies are the best way to get some screams in without risking your health. Hunker down with your roommate(s) and check out some of our picks, including director Ari Aster’s Hereditary and Midsommar (Amazon Prime) and The Invitation (Netflix). Horror classics are available to stream too, including The Silence of the Lambs (Netflix), Jaws (Amazon Prime), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Hulu), and Child’s Play (Hulu). It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is free on AppleTV+ between October 30 and November 1. NBC’s Peacock streaming service has a great selection, including all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, as well as It Follows and The Purge. If you want a Halloween-themed movie with fewer frights, Disney+ has Hocus Pocus and the Halloweentown movie series.
Thursday, October 29
Mind, Body, Spirit Virtual Yoga
On Thursday at 5:45 pm, Marsh Chapel is hosting a yoga class open to those with all levels of experience. The hour-long class offers 15 minutes at the end to chat and connect. The class focuses on breath, strength-building postures, and developing a strong sense of self. It’s an ideal way to recharge between midterms and Halloween weekend.
Friday, October 30
Gorefest! A Halloween Reading of Greek and Roman Tragedy
The fifth annual Gorefest is a Halloween dream for fans of classic literature. The dramatic reading of Greek and Roman tragedy provides a different form of entertainment during the spooky season and is cosponsored by the Undergraduate Classics Association, the classics department, and the Core Curriculum. Friday’s virtual event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Whether you are a classics major or just want to try something new, be sure to register for a ticket here.
The Dark Side of Boston Virtual Tour
This Boston By Foot virtual tour of the city unveils the grim private lives of historical figures, horror stories about early Ivy League medical practices, and details of a local crime that riveted audiences around the world in the 19th century. Best of all, Boston By Foot is doing a pay-what-you-want model for the hour-long tour. Reserve your tickets here.
Saturday, October 31
Global Medical Brigades Pumpkin Painting Fundraiser
The BU Global Medical Brigades student group is hosting a pumpkin painting fundraiser on the George Sherman Union Plaza from noon to 2 pm. The group will provide the mini pumpkins and paint, and tickets are $5.50 through Eventbrite.
Live Read-Through of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House
For those who have binge-watched Netflix’s ghost series The Haunting of Hill House or are fans of the Shirley Jackson novel, prepare to be creeped out all over again as student group Wandering Minds does a live read-through of the show at 7 pm.
Hasan Saves Halloween
BU Student Government and F*ck It Won’t Cut It have teamed up to plan a nightlong celebration, headlined by comedian Hasan Minhaj. The night starts at 8 pm with student acts and a talent show. At 9 pm, Minhaj, best known for his Netflix special Patriot Act and for being a Daily Show correspondent, will lead a virtual Q&A, followed by a scary movie marathon. Snacks will be provided at pickup areas in Danielsen Hall, Kilachand Hall, Myles Standish Hall, The Towers, Warren Towers, Rich Hall, Sleeper Hall, and Claflin Hall. Tickets are sold out but the event will be live-streamed on the Student Activities’ website. The event is open to BU students, faculty, and staff, who will be prompted to use their Kerberos login.
Sunday, November 1
National Vegan Day is on Sunday, so that gives you an excellent chance to cancel out all the Halloween candy from the night before (that’s how it works, right?). Check out by Chloe, which has salads, sandwiches, and even vegan mac ’n’ cheese. They recently introduced a new club sandwich with tofu egg salad and shiitake mushroom bacon, and they also have staples like the guac burger, with a quinoa-black bean-sweet potato patty. Their side of street corn with chipotle aioli and red chili pepper flakes is a hidden gem that will add unique flavors to your meal.
Phi Alpha Delta Pumpkin Painting
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity will provide the pumpkin and the paint for this virtual event, which is open to students both on and off campus. Sign for a time slot to pick up your supplies, and if you’re off campus, contact the fraternity for a reimbursement of your supply costs.
Find a full list of the University’s Halloween events here.