As a long time horror fan, Halloween is one of the most wonderful times of year. Pre-dadhood it was a time to watch scary movie marathons late in to the night; or to head out and see what’s the oldest age it is socially acceptable to demand sweets from strangers (17 is the correct answer, 21 was pushing it).
Post-dadhood I’ve embraced the home life of attempting to carve pumpkins and significantly increasing my step count through numerous trips to the front door to distribute free diabetes one mini pack of sweets at a time.
Frankly, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also a time when universities like to get a bit spooky on social, let their hair down and do a little bit of brandter. So how did that look this year? Here are my highlights and low lights of Halloween for Higher Education in 2018.
Yes as a person living in the North of England, Halloween used to be about carving turnips. But that’s so MySpace. Pumpkins are way more visually appealing for social posts, and lets not kid ourselves, easier to carve. Here are just a few of the master pieces shared by universities on their social channels this Halloween.
— University of Exeter (@UniofExeter) October 31, 2018
University of Limerick went one further than a simple profile photo change and did a whole new social header on Twitter. Don’t know how they found time after dealing with all the notifications from this tweet.
York went with some pumpkin word art
— University of York (@UniOfYork) October 31, 2018
There’s more than one way to decorate a pumpkin, including painted pumpkins at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Happy #NationalPumpkinDay Ramily 🐏💛 . 📸: Photo by Pat Kane, VCU Public Affairs . [Image Description: Three painted pumpkins, two black and one orange sitting on a hay bale. One has a ram emoji, one has the VCU seal and logo and the third has a yellow heart painted on it. The white V-C-U letters are in the background] . #FallVibes #Pumpkins #VirginiaCommonwealthUniversity
And then we went with a classic crest (after a hectic Instagram Story the previous day getting crowd sourced suggestions)
Happy Halloween! 🎃
Have you seen anything spooky on campus? 🧟♀️🧟♂️🦇 pic.twitter.com/krvmB4j5cp
— Newcastle University (@StudentsNCL) October 31, 2018
Also, cause we could, we went 3D on Facebook to see if it got some spookier engagement (you’ll need to click through to Facebook to see the 3D magic in action)
Happy Halloween! 🎃 Have you seen anything spooky on campus? 🧟♂️ 🧟♀️ 🦇
Carrying on the pumpkin theme, some unis showed off how the magic happened with carving timelapse videos
— Uni of Leicester (@uniofleicester) October 31, 2018
— Princeton University (@Princeton) October 26, 2018
Shout out to UCAS for getting a pun-a-thon rolling between UK unis (check out the replies to see all the groans)
👻Let's hear your best Uni puns, we'll get you started…
University of Batford — @UniofBradford
University of Shuddersfield — @HuddersfieldUni
London Ghoul of Freak-enomics — @LSEnews
University of Werewolf-erhampton — @wlv_uni #applyfears pic.twitter.com/2fuE29O4p0
— UCAS (@ucas_online) October 31, 2018
Social 101 – hang your promo items off a current event. We all do it, but some definitely do it better than others
Do you love a horror film, or visiting a haunted house? Why do we love to scare ourselves and what is the point of fear? @LizBlagrove explains why we seek thrills and why modern life is scary.
Read on if you dare >>https://t.co/ONTVrUTr0h#Halloween #WarwickKnowledgeCentre pic.twitter.com/5AvbtqbTe3
— Warwick Newsroom (@warwicknewsroom) October 31, 2018
We have got some big spiders here in Sheffield… 🕷
We're researching spider silk in our @MSESheffield lab and PhD Nicola Stehling is investigating how our eight-legged friends could contribute to the cars of the future. #DoctorWho #Halloween pic.twitter.com/klq8sGO9vH
— The University of Sheffield (@sheffielduni) October 31, 2018
Some unis took to the twitter threads to drop some helpful Halloween #knowledge
— Lancaster University (@LancasterUni) October 31, 2018
— Cardiff University (@cardiffuni) October 31, 2018
Over on Instagram Stories, Nottingham laid out some serious signing knowledge
— Uni of Nottingham (@UniofNottingham) October 31, 2018
And on Facebook Harvard tied in the Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 200th anniversary with a sparky video
This Halloween, watch the electricity demonstrations that inspired Mary Shelley to create "Frankenstein."
Slået op af Harvard University i Tirsdag den 30. oktober 2018
While Longwood brought the scares to their academics
"For no mere mortal can resist, the evil of the thriller" Longwood's Catherine Franssen explains why (and gets a lil' scare of her own)!Happy Halloween! 🎃🧛♀️🧟♂️👻
Slået op af Longwood University i Onsdag den 31. oktober 2018
All out video
You can always count on US unis to go one step beyond to make some big budget video
What's a Wolverine's worst nightmare? 🤔
— University of Michigan (@UMich) October 31, 2018
Happy Halloween, #PrincetonU!
— Princeton University (@Princeton) October 31, 2018
I have no idea what’s going on in this next one mind
Happy Halloween from your favorite marsupial mascot! This year, Zippy wanted to be her favorite aviator: Amelia Earhart.
Slået op af The University of Akron i Onsdag den 31. oktober 2018
UC Berkely used Halloween to scare you in to following them on a (dying) network.
Follow us… if you dare! 👻🎃 #CALoween*A Social Slice production*
Slået op af UC Berkeley i Tirsdag den 30. oktober 2018
This year’s IT meme, a nod to Netflix’s 80s ‘member fest Stranger Things had a few social teams getting creative.
— Uni of Nottingham (@UniofNottingham) October 31, 2018
The “spook up the campus” shot
Campus porn + Halloween = stats
— University of Glasgow (@UofGlasgow) October 31, 2018
— Arizona State University (@ASU) October 31, 2018
The “shit forgot to do something just tweet a stock gif” method
Look, not every social team has the time or precious resource to put out some original content for a “made up” holiday. To those guys a little showcase of some of the better stock gifs used to join in the fun with minimal effort.
Happy Halloween 👻!
— Bristol University (@BristolUni) October 31, 2018
Have a spooky Halloween everyone! 👻🕸🎃🕷 pic.twitter.com/mswHcjW9WV
— Northumbria Uni Students (@NUstudents) October 31, 2018
Not sure if it was ghouls in the system or a case of Ed Balls, but tweet of the day definitely has to go to Keele
Imperial College London gets 100 nerdy dad joke Halloween points for this post on Instagram
And round of applause for UEA for dropping a stone cold indie disco classic
Coming out of my ribcage
And I've been doing just fine
Gotta gotta be down
Just to scare you all
It started out with a (vampire) kiss
How did it end up like this
It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss#HappyHalloween from our resident Mr Frightside! pic.twitter.com/iQvY9t0u1V
— UEA (@uniofeastanglia) October 31, 2018
And that’s a wrap. If you saw any other mention worthy Halloween content from a higher education institute let me know – I’m on Twitter @thematthorne