Halloween Events Around Us

Get Connected On and Off Campus

Rachel Clingman, Staff Reporter

Grab your broomstick, spooky season is upon us! Listen closely, all of you lovers of fall and Halloween, Portsmouth is jumping back into action this year with their Halloween and fall festivities for the community to enjoy. As everyone is aware, the community was quiet last year. There was little to no celebrations all season long. Due to COVID-19 and rising case numbers, most public events were shut down to keep the community safe. Boredom crept through the streets as students did not know any other celebration than the ones they held either socially distanced or within their own homes with their families or roommates. But this year is packed with all of the “spooktacular” things that come with the month of October and celebrating the Halloween spirit! Between Shawnee State University, Shawnee State Park and the Portsmouth community, there will not be a bored student in sight for the entire spooky season! Check out the list below of all events taking place on campus or in the community this month.

Dates and Events: On Campus 

October 14

Pumpkin Painting Party

4:30-6:30 p.m.

This event is hosted by Townhouses 9-16 and Housing & Residence Life.

At the picnic tables by Townhouse, students can enjoy socializing and painting pumpkins to get their homes ready for fall! Pumpkins are provided. 


More Pumpkin Painting!

5:30-7:30 p.m. 

This pumpkin painting is hosted by Campus View 300 and Housing & Residence Life. 

If students cannot make the first, then here is another chance! Join Campus View 300 in the Quad for snacks, music and pumpkin decorating. Pumpkins are provided. 


Thriller Theater

8-10 p.m.

This event is hosted by Campus View 500, Tanner Place and Housing & Residence Life. 

Students are welcome to join in the Student Annex to watch a Halloween themed movie (rate below R). Food and drinks will be provided, including crock pots of apple cider and hot chocolate! Students are asked to bring their own blankets as they will be sitting on the floor. 


October 15

Spooky Movie Night

8-10:10 p.m.

This movie night is hosted by Housing & Residence Life. All students are welcome and it will take place in the Flohr Lecture Hall.


October 20

Pumpkin Painting Again

5:30 p.m.

This event is hosted by Campus View 100, 200 and Housing and Residence Life. 

Students are welcome to join in on pumpkin painting outside of Campus View 1 and 2. Music, candy and a good time are guaranteed. Pumpkins provided. 


October 22

SPB Scream on the Green

7:30-10:30 p.m.

This event is hosted by Shawnee State University’s Student Programming Board. 

Join SPB on the Alumni Green to paint a pumpkin, eat some popcorn and watch a spooky themed movie. 


October 28

SPB Spooky Lip-Sync Battle

7-9:30 p.m.

This event is hosted by SSU’s Student Programming Board. 

Show off your lip-syncing skills in the Flohr Lecture Hall, singing along to your favorite spooky tunes. 

More Halloween events to come; check them out on the Shawnee App! 


Dates and Events: Off Campus 

Jaycee Haunted House

Open October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 28, 30, and November 1. 

Location: Portsmouth Area Jaycees. 2033 Gallia St. in Portsmouth. 

Ticket sales start at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $6 or $5 with a canned good donation. 

Tours begin at 8 p.m.


Halloween Campout 

October 8-9

Location: Shawnee State Park. 4404 State Route 125 in West Portsmouth.

Go out to the Shawnee State Park and enjoy an early Halloween. The event includes campsite decorating, trick-or-treating, crafts, games, a haunted trail and more.

Regular camping fees apply. Call 740-858-6652 before the event and for more information.

More local events can be found through the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce website or Facebook page.