By Laura Braudis (COM ’24)

Well, it’s that time of year again, folks. Halloween is upon us, and if you are looking for things to give you a good scare, then look no further than the BU campus. The Bunion has been working diligently to whip up a list of the most frightening things this school has to offer. Read on if you dare!

  1. The 90-minute wait at the GSU Starbucks just to get a lukewarm Pumpkin Spice Latte. 

All-around, a terrifying (yet necessary evil) experience. You just wanted to wake yourself up with the delicious taste of a mediocre Pumpkin Spice Latte. Instead, you’re met with a jumpscare upon opening your GrubHub app: 84 people are in line before you. 

  1. The Saturday morning walk of shame past a 9am tour group on Bay State Road. 

Who needs to pay $40 for a haunted house if you can get the same experience for free? It’s easy! After a blurry night of questionable choices, all you need to do is wake up next to Chad the business student whose tasteful room decor includes a giant Tom Brady poster. In your haste to leave, you don’t realize you’ve run into a tour group until it’s too late. Stares from their beady little eyes burn in the back of your hickey-covered neck, making you feel trapped and helpless. As you scamper by, the tour guide who is probably just as hungover as you gestures to the Brownstones and remarks, “Aren’t they beautiful?”

  1. The unwashed mystery bowls in your hall’s communal bathroom.

Yes, they’ve been sitting there, filled to the brim with soapy water for weeks now. Legend says if you spin around and say “Daddy Brown” three times, then the ghost of Sleeper Past will fly out of them and haunt your grades for the rest of the semester.

  1. Standing on the T.

Can you hear that eerie music? Actually, it’s just the Green Line screeching into Boylston. The chorus of jarring T-line breaks serve as the perfect sound to backdrop your dumb decision to stand up while riding the train. Like the typical character who thinks it’s gonna be fun to explore the “haunted” basement, you think that widening your stance on the train will be good enough to keep yourself from falling. Don’t get too cocky. 

  1. A creepy black-clothed cult known as “CFA students.”

There seems to be few things more spine-chilling than seeing theater kids out in the wild. They often dress in all-black, and if you ever come across a member, be sure to keep your distance. They like to travel in groups, terrorizing the public by gatekeeping the musical Six and complaining about how they’d so much rather be in NYC right now. During a full moon, you can hear the foreboding chants of the CFA students performing a ritual known as zip, zap, zop.

  1. That kid who likes to play devil’s advocate.

October is the perfect time to enjoy some classic horror films. Luckily, you can experience a real-life fright night (erm, late afternoon class?) whenever Hunter, the self-proclaimed “World War II expert,” is maybe a little too eager to bring up the question, “what if some Nazis weren’t actually bad people?”

And of course, the ultimate scary thing lurking at BU is crippling student debt. Stay safe this spooky season, Terriers! Happy Halloween!

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