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Mailbag: Halloween Happenings

Allen Ramsey

October 27, 2022


How best to celebrate All Hallows Eve.


Welcome back!

The end of October is nigh, and that means it's time to talk about Halloween. 

We pulled a question from a Texas Tech University student on Reddit to get the conversation started. 

Where is the best place in Lubbock for college students to trick or treat?

Now, being old fuddy-duddies ourselves, the first thought out of this office was “Aren't you a bit old for that?” 

Then we thought back to our college days and remembered that we, too, (well, some of us) partook in the age-old tradition of knocking on doors and begging for delicious candies. One time we even found a house passing out free Dr. Peppers. (Thanks Mr. Ashcroft!)

Admittedly, trick-or-treaters at a certain age are far less likely to be well received than their younger and more adorably costumed counterparts and you should be aware of that before going out. But, honestly, there doesn't seem to be much harm in it and we're not the type of people to spoil the fun. 

Our advice would be to try out the neighborhoods near campus. Being close to the university we're betting those houses get a few ghouls and goblins your age every year and they're likely to have a bit more tolerance for this level of tomfoolery. 


If you are going to go out and about town, we have a request. Please keep the rabble-rousing to a minimum. While we don't want to spoil the fun, and we're well aware that you're just trying to keep some Halloween magic alive for yourself, there are several lines we would ask you not to cross in the spirit of keeping the night special for younger generations. 

After all, if it weren't for the magic from your younger days, you likely wouldn't be asking this question.

Some advice to make it easier on you: Keep the costumes appropriate to all age levels, be respectful of other people's property and fight the urge to jump out and scare little children. (Leave that to the people with haunted porches!)

There are also plenty of Halloween activities for adults to take part in around Lubbock. In fact, here's a handy list of events coming up this weekend and one of these might be a better fit for those of a colligate age. 

And we'd be remiss not to mention that our friends from Raider Power of Paranormal and the Military & Veterans Programs are hosting their annual Haunted Tour of Texas Tech's campus Friday night (Oct. 28). You can find details for that here

If you'd like a little warm-up for the campus tour, the first installment of Paul Tales explores some of the histories.

As always, the Mailbag welcomes your questions and would love to hear from you.

Have a safe and happy Halloween. 

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