Published: Oct. 24, 2018

From the Stampede Homecoming parade and pep rally to a special Will Vill Halloween celebration, CU Boulder students are invited to attend a scary number of free events celebrating Homecoming and Halloween, Oct. 25–31.

pumpkin with a jack-o-lantern face paintedThursday, Oct. 25

Buffalo Nites: Archery Tag

Head to the Rec Center at 8 p.m. for free food and archery tag!


Friday, Oct. 26

Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

Gather on the Pearl Street Mall in front of the courthouse at 7 p.m. to celebrate your CU spirit with students, fellow alumni and the community! After the parade, stick around for the pep rally celebrating football, men’s and women’s basketball. You don't want to miss this fun night of CU pride!

Fri-Yay Nights: Cuban Salsa Dance Party

Dance the night away at the Cuban Salsa Party at The Rec! This event is free with a Buff OneCard. The dance party will be in Studio 2 at The Rec from 7 to 9 p.m.

Costume skate and pumpkin painting

Put on your best Halloween costume and head to the Rec Center from 8:30 to 11 p.m. for free ice skating and pumpkin painting! Pizza will also be provided. Bring your Buff OneCard for entry.


Saturday, Oct. 27

Homecoming student tailgate

Join hundreds of other CU students and fellow Buffs in the indoor practice facility east of Folsom Field at 10 a.m. to celebrate Homecoming before the Oregon State football game. In addition to free food, drinks, music and games, there will be hourly giveaways from The Herd. This event is open to all students with a valid Buff OneCard.

Homecoming football game: CU vs. Oregon State

Cheer on the Buffs at Folsom Field as they take on the Oregon State Beavers. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. Domestic Violence Awareness Month will also be recognized during this game, and resources will be available from the Office of Victim Assistance.

Buffs Go to the Movies: Goosebumps 2

CU students can see a free showing of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween at the 29th Street Mall Century Theatre. Show time will be 9:55 p.m.; bring your Buff OneCard, and stop by the CU Boulder table in the theater lobby for your free ticket.

Scary Strikes

Enjoy free food, bowling and billiards at The Connection between 10 p.m. and midnight.

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Sunday, Oct. 28

Buffs Go to the Movies: Halloween

CU students can see a free showing of Halloween at the 29th Street Mall Century Theatre. Show time will be 7:15 p.m.; bring your Buff OneCard, and stop by the CU Boulder table in the theater lobby for your free ticket.


Monday, Oct. 29

I Love Mondays: Candy Bar

Swing by the UMC north dining room by the Alferd Packer Grill from 2 to 3 p.m. Pick up some sweet treats for the week and learn about more upcoming campus events.


Tuesday, Oct. 30

Program Council Film Series: Hereditary

Join Program Council in Chem 140 at 8 p.m. for this scary showing of Hereditary. “When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.” Free admission and popcorn.

Costume Dyno Competition

This unique and free dyno climbing competition will begin at 8 p.m. in the Rec Center climbing gym. Prizes will be given to the competition winner and best costume. Bring your Buff OneCard!


Wednesday, Oct. 31

Housing fair

Looking for housing for next semester or next year? Stop by the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to explore local housing options, meet with property managers and companies, and find information to help inform your search. Plus, enjoy free pizza at noon, and enter to win a flat screen TV!

Sweets for Service

Join the Volunteer Resource Center for a delightful opportunity to show your appreciation for volunteers and service work in our community and learn about volunteer opportunities. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in UMC room 425. Enjoy free food too.

DIY residence hall-safe pumpkin lanterns

Stop by the Museum of Natural History (Henderson), BioLounge from 1-5 p.m. to make a Halloween-themed lantern out of upcycled mason jars. Each jar comes with an LED tealight.

Pinterest and Popcorn

Join fellow crafters at this paint-by-numbers event in UMC 235 from 5 to 7 p.m. Free food and painting supplies will be provided.

I Heart Will Vill Halloween

Join the residents of Williams Village from 6 to 8 p.m. for a Halloween evening filled with fun, food and prizes. Each Will Vill community center will have stations including a hot chocolate bar and caramel apple bar, pumpkin decorating, chalk art, Halloween makeup tutorials, henna art and temporary tattoos. Those who stop by all of the residence halls will win a special prize!

Scary Strikes

Enjoy free food, bowling and billiards at The Connection between 7 and 9 p.m