A scaredy cat’s guide to Halloween

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Halloween is one of the few times of year that it’s socially acceptable to do whatever you can to scare the crap out of people. Whether it’s a simple sneak-up from behind or an elaborately planned prank, it’s prime time for spooking. For the same reason people voluntarily put their bodies on metal scaffolding hundreds of feet in the air and ride around for the “thrill,” some love the rush of adrenaline that can only come when scared out of their minds. But some rational-thinkers, myself included, prefer to live our lives calmly and without weird masks popping out at us and eerie sounds emanating from unknown locations. If you find yourself in this category, rest assured, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this Hallow’s Eve!

First of all, there are plenty of people out there who are in the same boat as you, so, if you can, try to find a group that won’t be actively seeking out scary stuff and stick with them. This will allow you to relax and have fun, while avoiding those awkward conversations about how you’d rather cut off your left leg than enter a haunted house. Even within a larger group, finding just one fear-phobic person to hang back with will make you feel infinitely better.

Don’t let the FOMO get to you, though. Forcing yourself to go somewhere where you know you’ll be miserable just so you can show up in Facebook photos is probably a bad idea. Plus, you’ll likely end up looking pale and terrified in all those pictures, anyway. Staying in is well worth safeguarding your mental stability.

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Fall@Brown: Haunted House Lineup

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Growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, I pride myself on having averaged a good six to eight haunted house visits each Halloween season. Whether it was clowns, skeletons, or the ridiculous cost of admission, I traveled to abandoned asylums, run-down prisons, and revamped cornfields all with the intention of crying like a baby being terrified. Well, October is here, and if you’ve got the haunted house bug, here’s the lineup of Rhode Island haunted houses to remind that there are things scarier than CS:

Fear Town

Seekonk Speedway 1710 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771

  • The Gist: Fear Town is an outdoor haunted path located in the woods by Seekonk Speedway that takes you through abandoned buildings and across uneven forest terrain.
  • Distance from Campus: 7.3 miles
  • Cost: $16
  • Estimated Uber Fare: $9-12
  • Horror Tropes Used: The woods, abandoned buildings.
  • Bonus: Fear Town boasts the highest Yelp rating (4.8 stars) in RI and the lowest cost/Uber fare, meaning this one is mostly likely to be your budget’s favorite attraction.

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What to do this week: October 27 – November 1

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Monday, October 27

Event: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Granoff Auditorium

As part of their Octoberfest, IFF and React to Film present a screening of “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz.” The film tells the story of Aaron Swartz, the successful programmer who also contributed a great deal to social justice and political organization and tragically took his own life at a young age.

Tuesday, October 28

Event: Bears vs. Zombies

Time: 9:00 p.m
Location: All over campus

GlobeMed is hosting Brown’s first ever BEARS VS. ZOMBIES, “a three-day long live-action simulation of a zombie plague across campus–basically, a wild, campus-wide, 24/7 game of tag.” The game will begin on Tuesday at 9 p.m. and run until 12 p.m. Saturday November 1st. Register for the game here. 

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