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Halloween events, from scary to scholarly

Jake's Open House Halloween Party will be held Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Miller-Ward Alumni House, featuring fun activities for alumni, faculty, staff and their families. Costumes are encouraged.

Mix with mummies, take a walk in the cemetery, or examine "Zombethics" — the ethical questions invoked by the undead — as Emory celebrates Halloween. Activities begin Sunday, Oct. 18, and are scheduled all the way to the big, scary day.

Jake's Open House Halloween Party will be held Sunday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Miller-Ward Alumni House on Houston Mill Road.

This annual event from the Emory Alumni Association features an afternoon of family-friendly activities at the Miller-Ward Alumni House including arts and crafts, carnival games, a bounce house, picture booth, treats and prizes for faculty, staff and alumni and their families. Costumes are encouraged.

A food truck from Willy's Mexicana Grill will be onsite for guests to purchase food at $8 for adults and $5 for kids, which includes an entree, chips and a drink. While admission is free, pre-registration is requested. Contact Missy Rodil at 404-712-8995.

DUCtoberfest, the annual fall event celebrating the Dobbs University Center, will be Friday, Oct. 23, from noon to 3 p.m. in Asbury Circle.

This year's theme is Retro DUCtoberfest, sponsored by It includes classic arcade games, food, collectibles, photos with the "Back to the Future" DeLorean, and the DUCtoberfest T-shirt.

Emory Dining's Halloween Week will include "Guess The Weight" and "Best Dressed" pumpkin contests, plus surprise visits at locations from Emory Dining's Halloween Team, and will end with a celebration at Dobbs Market featuring Halloween décor, themed menu and spooky music on Friday, Oct. 30.

"We are looking forward to spreading Halloween fun across our 20-plus locations all week," says Daniela Smallwood, Emory Dining marketing director. "We are encouraging students to come in their costumes throughout the week."

The fifth annual Cemetery Walk gets under way Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Student Activity & Academic Center (SAAC). The event is held rain or shine. Gary Hauk, vice president and deputy to the president of the university, will lead the tour of the old cemetery on the Clairmont Campus.

"It dates to 1825, and its old tombs include some familiar names, like the Houstons of Houston Mill Road, as well some stories of tragedy, war, and a little mystery," Hauk says. The cemetery is a place many people don't know about, even though they pass it every day, he adds. 

Mummies and Mixers is the adult Halloween event at the Michael C. Carlos Museum on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m.

In the Carlos Museum's Reception Hall, there will be snacks as Abbott & Costello's "Meet the Mummy" is screened and mixology with the Pinewood Tippling Room. Docents will be available in the galleries to provide interesting facts about the museum's mummy collection. RSVP online by phone 404-727-2635.

Mummies and Mixers is free for members; $20 for non-members; $15 for alumni; and $10 for students.

Mummies and Milkshakes is Friday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. also in the Carlos Museum Reception Hall.

This kid-oriented event is presented by the Carlos Museum and Jake's Ice Cream. Children and their families can visit animal and human mummies in the Egyptian galleries, choose their favorite flavors for a milkshake, and watch funny vintage mummy cartoons and the Three Stooges short, "We Want Our Mummy," followed by Abbot and Costello in "Meet the Mummy.

Everyone is invited to come in Halloween costumes. Milkshakes will be for sale beginning at 6:30 p.m., cartoons start at 7 p.m., and the film begins at 7:45 pm. Docents will be in the Egyptian galleries from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for tours.

The event is free for Carlos Museum members; $5 for non-members with milkshakes sold separately. Space is limited. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

"A Flourish Horror Story: A Complex Show" is this year's Haunted Harris event at Harris, Thomas, Smith and Hopkins residence halls, according to Des'mon Taylor, coordinator.

This free, haunted house event for the Emory community and general public will be held Oct. 29 from 8 to 10 p.m. starting from Harris Hall into Complex Hall.

"We will also have parents and children from the Emory community joining us from 7 to 8 p.m.," Taylor says. During that hour, "we will have the haunted house ready to be less scary for the children and parents."

For more information, contact Des'mon Taylor at 404-727-9520.

"Zombethics: A Lively, Scholarly Discussion About the (Un)Dead" takes on the theme of "Really Most Sincerely Dead: Zombies, Vampires and Ghosts." This scholarly, fun Halloween favorite will be Friday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Center for Ethics, Commons 102.

This year's symposium will take on the questions of what is death and when a human being is no longer a person, exploring contemporary approaches to the corporeal (such as zombies and vampires) and the incorporeal (such as ghosts) and what they say about today's conceptions of death and dying.

The $10 registration fee includes lunch and snacks; space is limited.

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