Happy Heel-O-Ween, Tar Heels! 

October 25, 2023
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Halloween is next week, and there are plenty of ways for our campus community to have fun and stay safe to mark the spooky occasion. Remember to also follow guidelines from the Town of Chapel Hill so we can celebrate in smart ways together.

Many departments — including several that are supported by Student Affairs — are offering a variety of events leading up to Oct. 31 to help you celebrate safely and have fun, too. 

Carolina Housing

  • Safetoberfest, a spook-tacularly fun event, will take place on Oct. 26 from 1:00 — 3:00 p.m. in Polk Place; it also counts as CLE credit! Students will have the opportunity to meet with campus offices, student organizations, and community resources to learn ways you can keep yourself safe and healthy while on campus and in the community. Free food, games, activities, and a t-shirt. 
  • Your residence hall might have some Halloween-themed programming for the week leading up to Halloween. 

Campus Health and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • Candy and treats available for patients and staff throughout the day (adjusted hours; 9:15 p.m. until 5 p.m.) 

Campus Recreation

  • Halloween After Dark, Oct. 27 from 8:00 — 11:00 p.m. Rams Head Recreation Center. Costumes are encouraged! 
  • Halloween Glow Dive (Heel Life), Oct. 27 from 8:00 — 10 p.m. at Bowman Gray Memorial Pool. Lights out! Grab your suit and head to the pool for a Halloween Glow Dive! Dive for glowsticks with friends, play water games, and pick out a pumpkin from our floating pumpkin patch. Swimmers who find the prize glowsticks will receive free t-shirts. Free pizza and candy will be provided. 
  • Halloween Zipline, celebrate Halloween with Carolina Adventures and ride our 1,200 ft tandem zip line in your best Halloween get up! Everyone who arrives in costume will get free Halloween Candy! There will be three time slots for 30 participants each: 4:00-5:30, 5:30-7:00, 7:00-8:30 Where: Carolina Outdoor Education Center; When: October 28, 4:00-8:30 p.m. 

Off-Campus Student Life

  • Party smart — register your party with Off-Campus Student Life — three days before your party date. Why? The party registration program is designed to allow student community members in single-family housing neighborhoods and apartments in Chapel Hill to regulate their parties before law enforcement intervention and to provide all community members an efficient mechanism to address loud parties.  

Stay Safe

Check out these tips from Healthy Heels on how to stay safe this Halloween. Trust your gut. If this time of year has you feeling spooky due to competing demands with classes and other pressures, don't forget to take advantage of the well-being resources available to you on the Heels Care Network.

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