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Halloween At BCC Offers Fun And Fear For All

October 17, 2013 by admin

By Adrian Diaz, Johnna Orrico, Colleen Tierney

  With the most frightful and hauntingly delicious holiday of the year just around the corner, many spooktacular events, parties, contests and shows are available for BCC students to choose from.
Halloween at Brookdale includes two main spooky events: the Haunted Theatre and the Student Life Board’s Halloween Party and Dance. Haunted Theatre takes place on Oct. 18 through Oct. 20, and from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27. The event doors open at 7 p.m. and last until 10:30 p.m.
     Haunted Theatre also offers a non-scary kids tour on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10, $8 for senior citizens ages 62 and up, and $5 for Brookdale students with a valid ID.
     “Well if you’re not scared of it this year, then you must not be scared of anything,” said Johnna Orrico, a third-year student who volunteers at Haunted Theater. “This year is seriously creepy.”
     Haunted theatre performer Raven Halliwell said that the event would be rivaling this year’s Six Flags Fright Fest and “The most fun comes from the mayhem going on.” Trying to get an inside scoop proved to no avail Raven said “there is no specific theme.” and the project is under wraps ending his statement with, “that’s all we’re allowed to say.”
     The Student Life Board’s Halloween Dance will be held in the Warner SLC Navisink Room II and III on Oct. 24 from 7-11 p.m. If the tickets are purchased in advance, they are $2 with a valid Brookdale ID, and $5 for non-students. Purchasing the tickets at the door to the event will cost $3 with a BCC ID, and $6 for non-students.
     One of Brookdale’s radio operatives is sure that there is no Halloween special broadcasts currently scheduled, “We’ve been getting requests for Halloween specials, so it is definitely under consideration,” said Aaron Reeves.   
     “I’ll be spending my Halloween here at class,’’ said Chris Sharick. “However, I enjoyed the pumpkin carving event.”
     “Our new drink flavor pumpkin and caramel, as well as many Halloween spirited candies from tasty gummy boogers to vampire teeth hard candy,” are available for the hoiday, said Mary Schneider, a Paddock Convenience store employee.
     On Oct. 29, BCC is offering a bus trip to Eastern State Penitentiary which is an 11 acre abandoned prison that offers haunted walkthroughs Tuesdays-Sundays of October. The walkthroughs during weekdays cost less than walkthroughs on weekends.
     The tickets for the Penitentiary are cheaper online. Visit their website at for ticket costs and other information. The BCC bus trip leaves at 5 p.m., tickets are available for $18 at the SLC ticket window.
     C. Casola Farms in Marlboro, NJ offers four main events, including haunted walkthroughs and a haunted hayride.
     The farm, owned by Carmine Casola, has an employee pool of about 60 people and are always hiring.
     “I find it to be a different experience than most jobs. How many other times do you get paid to scare people?! It’s a chance to make some money to put away, have fun and meet new people,” said Jenna Stevens, 20 of Brick, NJ, who works for C. Casola.     
     “I REALLY love working for C. Casola! All I do is listen to people scream! It makes me laugh! Muahahah!” said Colleen Tierney, an employee at the haunted hayride.
     For those who will be stuck in class during the day and are instead able to go out and enjoy the Jersey Shore nightlife, The Draft House, located in Long Branch, is hosting an adult costume contest on Oct. 26 starting around 9 p.m.,  the best costume receives a cash prize! For more info visit
     Cianna Cerda dejected at the fact she’d be missing on the fun of Halloween saying “Thursday I have class here at Brookdale.” Maybe professors will be lenient on this year’s absences on Halloween.
     For those of you who can drink and want a more low-key type of night, The Wine Loft located in Pier Village of Long Branch is having an all-night Happy Hour from 4pm-2am. Closer to the shore, Jenks Club in Point Pleasant is hosting their annual Boo at the Boardwalk Halloween Festival on Saturday and Sunday Oct. 19-20 and 26-27, from noon to 4 pm. Boo at the Boardwalk features Halloween fun for everyone including arts and crafts, trick or treating, face painting, stilt walker, fun and games, and more!
     Many who choose to not go out feel that having fun at home is just as good. “I won’t be attending any events, if I’m here I am in class, and if not I’d rather be partying at home with friends.” said Jessie Donally.
     For those who enjoy sports and working out, there are fun events going on such as the Mudspooktacular on October 19. The Mudspooktacular takes place at the New Egypt Speedway at 720 County Rd 539 New Egypt, NJ. The track consists of 3.5 miles with over 25 obstacles…and zombies. There are two ways to be involved in this event, either be a zombie or be a mudder. In order to sign up for the Mudspooktacular go to their website at
     For those people who love parades don’t be afraid! There are towns offering Halloween parades. For example, Red Bank is having a parade on Oct. 20 starting at 2 p.m. Anyone planning on being a spectator can start lining up along the streets at 1 p.m. on the day of the parade. The audience will be able to stand along Broad Street and Bergen Street. The 75th Annual Toms River Halloween Parade hosted by fire company no. 1, will be held on Oct. 26, at 7pm. Famed for their elaborate floats, you’re in for a real show when a giant fire-breathing dragon starts floating down the street!
     For more information on Halloween parades and other fun events, go to
Movie lovers should also not be afraid! There are options for those who love scary movies. There is a remake of the movie Carrie coming out to theatres on Oct. 18. So grab some popcorn and enjoy the remake!   
     If anyone craves a more personal experience, they can go to the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Aberdeen, NJ. Bowtie Cinemas in Aberdeen, NJ have a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show every Friday night at midnight.
     A special Halloween show will be held Saturday, Oct. 26.

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