Halloween is one of the biggest excuses to party all year, so we’re not breaking any news when we tell you that college students are going to party–especially when the holiday lands on a Saturday.
But what we are going to do is break down which schools are going to rage the hardest on October 31st, that way if you’re unhappy with the festivities around you and you have friends in better places, you can pack your costume and hit the road in search of a wilder time.
School: Southern Illinois University
Everyone knows that Southern Illinois University loves to get the party started early. So while the bad news is that Unofficial Halloween has already come and gone, the good news is that other schools know how high the bar is set.
Unofficial Halloween is like a bar crawl of sorts, with different deals set up at bars and restaurants throughout the city of Carbondale, IL. “Unofficial” originated 15 years ago because the city put the kabosh on parties on Halloween Weekend, but that ban has actually been lifted this year.
So is Carbondale ready for another wild weekend? Our money is on “yes.”
School: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin is a great school with a great academic reputation, but you can’t (and shouldn’t) mention Wisco without talking about their parties.
And when it comes to parties, Halloween at Wisconsin is top dog. The students and Madison locals all come together for Freakfest: a massive block party that brings in some solid musical talent. This year the festival’s headliners are TimeFlies.
Obviously temperatures are going to be a little chilly, so don’t be surprised when you see a bunch of college kids wearing beer jackets.
School: Ohio University
Somehow Ohio University always ends up on our lists when we’re talking about biggest parties and Halloween is no exception. Their annual HallOUween block party starts early in the day and ends with a concert that will be hosted by Red Cup Nation later that night.
Night of Decadence
School: Rice University
The annual Night of Decadence party (or “NOD”) is the single biggest social event of the year for Rice University students. Every year, the parties seem to run along some kind of sexual theme (the students move an enormous phallus around campus in the week leading up to the party) and this year’s “Mount My Olympus” is no different.
MEN OF RICE: need a NoD outfit? Put a bunch of grapes on your junk and go as Dionysus, Greek god of wine and fertility.
— Daisy Mae Fan Account🐷 (@Ali_stopit) October 26, 2015
This is awesome, but remember that this event is for Rice students only.