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Spooky Fall Fun for You!

Terror Behind the Walls, Pumpkin Painting, Hocus Pocus, Costume Contest and so much more!

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A haunted house with a lot of Halloween themed imagery such as bats, witches, cats and spooky trees.

Here at Montclair State we love all things fall and Halloween! Beginning Thursday, October 19 through Tuesday, October 31 there are a number of fall and Halloween-themed events and trips planned for you! See what we have to offer, if you dare. We know you’re dying to be a part of it! Check out trivia, pumpkin painting, Terror Behind the Walls and our annual costume contest at the Halloween Bash! Creep it real Red Hawks. #SquadGhouls

Thursday, October 19

Feel Good Fest: Trick or Treat Yourself

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Student Center, Ballrooms B&C
  • Join us to Trick or Treat Yourself by decorating a free Halloween self care kit that you can fill with candy and all of the self-care items that we provide! There will be crafts, sleep masks, candy, stress balls and information on ending the stigma on mental health.
  • Co-sponsored by the Office of Health Promotion, CAPS, School of Nursing and the University Health Center.

Friday, October 20

HalloweenTown Double Feature

  • 8-10 p.m.
  • University Hall, Room 1070
  • Enjoy free popcorn and check out HalloweenTown 1 & 2.
  • Sponsored by Weekends at Montclair.

Masquerade Ball

  • 7-10 p.m.
  • University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center
  • Free dessert bar, dancing, photo booths and more! Grab a friend and some semi-formal clothes and join the ball!
  • Co-sponsored by RecBoard and Campus Recreation.

Saturday, October 21

Hocus Pocus

  • 8-10 p.m.
  • University Hall, Room 1070
  • Sponsored by Weekends at Montclair.

Harvest Festival

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Stony Hill Farms, Chester, NJ
  • GIANT corn maze, pumpkin picking, hayrides, and more!
  • Co-sponsored by Outdoor Adventure and Campus Recreation.

Sunday, October 22

2K Walking Dead for Life

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Dioguardi Field
  • Fundraiser and costume competition.
  • Sponsored by MSU Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Monday, October 23

Rec Nights – Horror Movie Trivia

  • 8-11 p.m.
  • Sinatra Hall
  • Test your knowledge of the most popular horror movies of all time!
  • Sponsored by Campus Recreation.

Tuesday, October 24

Commuter Happy Hour

  • 12-2 p.m.
  • Student Center, Rathskeller
  • Free candy bar while supplies last!
  • Sponsored by Commuter Student Programs & Services.

Wednesday, October 25

Studio DIY: Halloween Craft

  • 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Drop In Center
  • Feeling spooky? Visit the Drop In Center for an assortment of DIY Halloween Crafts.
  • Sponsored by Health Promotion.

Wednesday October 25

Commuter’s Pumpkin Painting

  • 12-2 p.m.
  • Student Center, Cafe
  • The first 50 students receive a free pumpkin to paint.
  • Co-sponsored by Commuter Student Programs and Services, Auxiliary Services and Montclair State Dining.

Thursday, October 26

Commuter’s Worst Nightmare

  • 12-2 p.m.
  • Student Center, Ballrooms A & B
  • Dress up in costume for a chance to win an iPad! Come stir and sip spooky Mocktails, or indulge in our Chocolate Fountain! Want to build a buddy? Hurry! Only the first 125 students will have a chance to raise the dead and stuff their own Zombie Bear!
  • Co-sponsored by Commuter Student Programs and Services, Health Promotion, the Student Government Association, Residence Life and Campus Recreation.

Pumpkin Painting

  • 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Student Recreation Center, Lawn
  • Free pumpkins and art supplies while supplies last!
  • Sponsored by Campus Recreation.

Friday, October 27

Friday Freebie: Spooky Spin & Win

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Student Center, Lobby
  • Free candy, prizes and goodies!
  • Co-sponsored by WAM! and Health Promotion.

Halloween Bash!

  • 8-11:45 p.m.
  • Student Center, Ballrooms
  • Free food, music, prizes and a costume contest!
  • Co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, WAM!, Campus Recreation, Residence Life and Health Promotion.

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Spooktacular

  • All Day
  • Sam’s Place & Freeman Dining Hall
  • Enjoy a special Halloween Menu all day long at Sam’s Place and Freeman Dining Hall.
  • Sponsored by Dining Services.

Halloween Party

  • 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Student Center, Dining Room
  • Enjoy a special Halloween Menu at the Student Center Dining Room.
  • Sponsored by Dining Services.


  • 5-7 p.m.
  • All over campus
  • Find Rocky and his creepy friends out and about with treats! (or maybe tricks?) Get a selfie with or picture of the crew and use the #Rockyween for a chance a spooky surprise!
  • Sponsored by Team Rocky.

Friday, November 3

Terror Behind The Walls!

  • 3:30-11:45 p.m.
  • Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA
  • A massive haunted house inside a real prison. Six haunted attractions included in your admission. This gothic structure has been featured on TV shows, such as Ghost Hunters, World’s Scariest Places, Paranormal Challenge, etc.
  • Sponsored by Campus Recreation.