Halloween is a monster celebration at Emory with zombies, haunted tours and more

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Oct. 22, 2013

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"Zombies and 'Zombethics': A Lively, Scholarly Discussion About the (Un)Dead” is among the Halloween happenings at Emory.

Halloween at Emory is a monster celebration with a mash-up of events and themed experiences.  

Festivities on Emory's main campus include:  

Cemetery Walk at the Student Activity & Academic Center (SAAC) on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.   Gary Hauk, vice president and deputy to the president of the University, will be giving the tour of the old cemetery on the Clairmont Campus for the second year. "It dates to 1825 and has many 'ancient' tombstones and grave markers," Hauk says of the cemetery. The cemetery is a place many people don’t know about, even though they pass it every day, Hauk adds.

Afterward, join fellow participants on the lower terrace at the SAAC for cocoa and s'mores at 7:45 p.m.

Mummies and Milkshakes on Friday, Oct. 25, is the eighth annual event by the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Jake's Ice Cream.  

Visitors can view animal and human mummies in the museum's Egyptian galleries with docents there to answer questions, choose a favorite Jake's Ice Cream flavor for a milkshake, and watch vintage mummy cartoons and "We Want Our Mummy," with the Three Stooges, followed by "Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy." Milkshake sales begin at 6:30 p.m., cartoons at 7 p.m., film begins at 7:45 p.m. Entrance is free for Carlos Museum members; $5 for non-members. Costumes are encouraged.

This is event is fully booked but call 404-727-0519 to get on the waiting list.  

Emory Farmers Market Pumpkin Carving Contest

Emory Farmers Market Pumpkin Carving Contest will be Tuesday, Oct. 29. Each contestant must pre-register and pick up their free pumpkin up prior to the event. Participants bring their carved pumpkins to the Emory Farmer's Market by 11 a.m. when judging begins; final vote tally is 2:30 p.m. and prizes are awarded at 3 p.m.  

The design — scary, whimsical, Picasso-esque — is up to the carver. "If [participants] decide to leave their pumpkins, we display them in Cox Hall," says Tiffany Smallwood, marketing coordinator for Emory Dining. She says the pumpkins are regionally sourced from a pumpkin patch in Valley Head, Ala.

Jake's Open House Halloween Party

Jake’s Open House Halloween Party begins at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, hosted by the Emory Alumni Association at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. Arts and crafts, carnival games, a bounce house, picture booth, treats and prizes are open to all. Costumes are encouraged.  Admission is free; $3 for kids meal; $5 for adult meal.

"Scary Ride!" musical performance will be on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., in the Emerson Concert Hall, featuring Emory Organist Timothy Albrecht as "Count Dracula." The hour-long recital of organ music to scare all ages features thunder, lightning, fog, video projections, coffins, mummies, smoke, screams and a snippet from the soundtrack of "Phantom of the Opera." Following the concert, a candy reception offers opportunities to take photos with the "Count" and costumed concert-goers.  

Scary Ride musical performance

Emory Dining's Halloween Celebration will deck out Dobbs Market with Halloween décor on Thursday, Oct. 31. "We will have a themed menu as well as spooky music," says Rebecca Cutts Denton, Emory Dining marketing manager. "We are encouraging students to come in their costumes, but there is no contest."

• Zombies in pop culture and post-disaster survival strategies will be explored in "Zombies and 'Zombethics': A Lively, Scholarly Discussion About the (Un)Dead.”

The second annual symposium is set for Friday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Emory Center for Ethics.  

Scholars will lead discussions on ethical questions at the intersection of neuroethics, public health ethics, religion and bioethics "explored through a frighteningly fascinating context to which we can all relate: zombies," says Cory Labrecque of the Center for Ethics.

Seating is limited so an RSVP is required. The $10 fee includes lunch.

"Haunted Harris: The Descent Into Complex" is the theme of this year's haunted house at Harris Hall and the Complex of Thomas, Smith, and Hopkins Halls. It's being held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8-10 p.m.

Put on by the Resident Assistants and Student Assistants of Harris and Complex Halls, the event, just for students, begins at the Clifton Road entrance of Harris Hall, and travels throughout Harris and Complex Halls, according to Tina Chang and Ambra Yarbrough of the Office of Residence Life & Housing.

A $2 suggested donation at the door will be donated to the Student Hardship Fund.

'Halloweek' at Oxford College

Oxford College celebrates "Halloweek" with a daily dose of spooky fun. Events include:  

"Haunted Coffeehouse" at 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 transforms Dooley's Tavern into a haunted house with festive treats and coffee.   

Dean Joe Moon's Haunted Tour, on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. and again at 9:15 p.m., visits haunted spots in the area. The $4 charge to participate is donated to a local charity. The tours are limited to 60 participants each, and end with hot chocolate and refreshments.   

Murder Mystery Theatre, an interactive performance by a professional acting company, comes to campus Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Candler Hall Student Center. At 6 p.m. on the Oxford Quad,  Oxford College families and community members are invited to attend Trick or Treat at Oxford College: Celebrating Traditions from Around the World, with games and activities for students and community members at student organizations' booths. Food items will collected during the event.  

A Costume Contest will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, with students, faculty and staff encouraged to wear their haunted couture all day for a chance to win a prize.   

"First Friday" on Friday, Nov. 1, closes the week when the theme for Fall Formal is revealed with interactive games and activities in the Student Center at 4 p.m.