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The moon rises over the James A. Haslam II Business Building on October 02, 2019. Photo by Steven Bridges/University of Tennessee

Halloween-themed festivities are gearing up across UT’s campus. Many of the events welcome faculty and staff to bring their families.

Biketoberfest, Monday through Friday, October 21–25, at various locations.

UT’s Office of Sustainability is hosting Biketoberfest, offering different events each day to encourage the campus community to bike and connect with local shops and organizations in Knoxville. Participants can win prizes, compete in a bicycle obstacle course and a costume contest as well as make bike-blender smoothies. See the full schedule of events.

Buggy Buffet, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in Hollingsworth Auditorium in Ellington Plant Sciences Building. This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by students in A Bug’s Life FYS 129 course in partnership with the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. This tasty, entomological feast features cricket breaded nuggets, ants-on-a-log, chocolate “chirp” cookies, and more. In addition, a silent auction of insect-themed items will be held.

Fright Night, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, in the basements of Reese Hall, South Carrick Hall, and North Carrick Hall. Thirty-five resident assistants and over 100 volunteers will make this annual haunted house the largest ever. Tickets are $3, and all proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. This year’s theme is The Pres Court Purge. Participants will try to make it out “alive” as they are invited to walk through 15 terrifying rooms designed by UT students. This event is open to the public but recommended for high school-age youth and older.

Rocky Horror Picture Show, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, October 25, in HPER. Campus Events Board will host a free showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live shadow cast, which acts out the film while the screening takes place. This event is open to students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Trunk or Treat, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, October 28, in Circle Park. The National Residence Hall Honorary in partnership with the United Residence Hall Council will host this year’s Trunk or Treat, a campus tradition providing a safe environment for children and their families in the Knoxville community. Kids can trick-or-treat while everyone enjoys free food, games, and music.

VOLoween, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 28, at the Anderson Training Center Indoor Field. UT Athletics and the Student–Athlete Advisory Committee invite campus staff, faculty, and their families to this free event that features trick-or-treating and games with UT student–athletes. Costumes are encouraged.

Pride Center Halloween Party, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, at the Pride Center. Celebrate Halloween early with the Pride Center. There will be a costume contest, crafts, mask making, and candy.

Halloween Photo Booth, 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, October 31, in Student Union Room 262B. A professional photographer from the Office of Communications and Marketing will take photos of students, faculty, and staff in costume. Photos will be sent to participants and may be shared on the university’s social media channels.

Are You Scared? 8 p.m. Thursday, October 31, in the Natalie Haslam Music Center, Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall. Are You Scared is a faculty and guest-artist recital with scary, but fun music performed by UT pianists and special guests. Costumes are encouraged.

Homecoming Bonfire, 10 to 11 p.m. Thursday, October 31, at Fiji Island in Fraternity Park. The Student Government Association invites students to its annual Homecoming Bonfire, celebrating the Volunteer spirit with a Halloween twist. The event will feature s’mores, giveaways, and an appearance by the UT Spirit Squad. Costumes are encouraged.

Southeastern Stomp Fest, 7 p.m. Friday, November 1, at the Student Union Auditorium. The Black Cultural Programming Committee will host this signature homecoming event for UT students, alumni, and the Knoxville community to enjoy high-energy stepping performances by National Pan-Hellenic Council Fraternities and Sororities. This year’s theme is Thriller: It’s a Scary Sight. Click here to purchase tickets.


Maddie Stephens (865-974-3993,