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The Blue & Gray Press | June 20, 2018

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Trick or Treat: UMW YAF Hosts Funeral for Halloween

November 9, 2017 |


Managing Editor

In her office on Monday afternoon, UMW Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Juliette Landphair slid a red folder bursting with papers from her desk into her hands, dubbing it her “Free Speech Folder.” North American universities have been met with the challenge of facilitating and policing students’ rights to free speech on campus, and UMW is no exception.Read More

Culture is not a costume: Consider whether your outfit is appropriating culture

November 2, 2017 |


Staff Writer

When we think about Halloween, we usually get excited about our favorite candy, our festive decorations, but most of all, the costumes. However, some costumes are not appropriate for all people to wear. You must consider whether your costume is culturally appropriating a cultural group.Read More

Staff Ed: Stay safe on Halloween Weekend

October 26, 2017 |


Halloween has always been one of the best holidays. As kids, it was the one night we could be whatever we wanted, eat a ridiculous amount of free candy and force our friends to watch scary movies. At college, the Halloween fun does not end with the onset of adulthood, but is repeated over three nights collectively called “Halloweekend.”Read More

Chilling “It” remake impresses audiences following dated series

October 26, 2017 |


Senior Writer

In 1986, acclaimed horror novel writer, Stephen King, terrified the world with one of his most famous stories, “It.” The story is set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, a town that is haunted by a shape-shifting demonic clown known as Pennywise.Read More

Behind the scenes of Historical Preservation Club’s ghost tours

November 3, 2016 |


The University of Mary Washington’s Historical Preservation Club recently hosted their annual ghost tour on Oct. 21 and 22, a tradition that has taken place for over 30 years. Tour guides take excited guests to haunted areas around the city of Fredericksburg, where student volunteers and members of the club dress like ghosts and put on a show at each location.Read More

Three Halloween crafts you can make in under 10 minutes

October 27, 2016 |


Need to get ready for Halloween weekend and have some free time? Here are some fun and easy crafts to make your room spookier than the rest!Read More

ResHall Recipe: Batty Halloween truffles

October 27, 2016 |


With Halloween right around the corner, you might already have your secret stash of candy hidden away from your roommates and friends. I am all for store-bought candy, but I also like to make some fun Halloween treats for my friends.Read More

ResHall Recipes: decorative Halloween cookies

October 27, 2016 |


When people think of Halloween season, they think of costume parties, spooky decorations and, of course, the treats. This is a cute and easy Halloween recipe that is perfect to share with your friends.

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Three simple Halloween costume ideas for college students

October 27, 2016 |


Halloween is almost here, and like many of you, I am so excited. One of my favorite things about Halloween is seeing all my friends dressed up in ridiculous, creative outfits.Read More

Ghost Walk attracts UMW students and returning alumni

October 26, 2016 |


The 32nd Annual Ghost Walk took place on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday Oct. 22 in downtown Fredericksburg. Hosted by University of Mary Washington’s Historic Preservation Club, the haunted tours took participants on a journey through 18th century Fredericksburg. Members of the club and volunteers took on roles as tour guides, historical figures and ghostly characters to bring the experience to life.

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Media sensationalism worsens clown epidemic

October 12, 2016 |


A recent emergence of creepy clowns has taken the United States by storm. What started out as a minute issue has turned into an epidemic as the phenomena continues to spread, gaining a cult-like following.

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Ghost Walk of historic Fredericksburg spooks students

October 27, 2015 |


University of Mary Washington’s Historic Preservation Club hosted its annual ghost walk throughout downtown Fredericksburg. The student- run event took place at the James Monroe Museum.Read More

Students find thrilling part-time work for Halloween at Kings Dominion

October 27, 2015 |


Watch your back, Eagles! There are monsters among us, and they are hiding in plain sight. You might be passing them on the sidewalk without noticing. You may even sit next to one of them in class.Read More

10 last-minute Halloween costumes for less than $10

October 27, 2015 |


As soon as Oct. 1 rolls around, pumpkin and ghost are at the top of my ‘frequently used’ list of emojis and orange fairy lights, painted pumpkins and fake cobwebs become staple decorations in my apartment.From the creative costumes to the endless supply of candy, Halloween is easily my favorite holiday.Read More

Staff Editorial: Ghosts of Halloween’s past

October 30, 2013 |

It would be a sad world if the evening where children collect candy from strangers did not exist.Read More

Halloween still spooky fun

October 23, 2013 |

The month of October provides many excitements for the college aged youth, such as Oktoberfest, the reemergence of Pumpkin Spice lattes, and yes, Halloween.Read More

Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt Has Fun and Laughs, But Few Real Scares

November 2, 2011 |


“Does she work here?” This was the confused inquiry directed to me from an employee at Kings Dominion working the Oct. 14 Halloween Haunt series. Admittedly, I was acting a little odd, but in my defense, the … Read More

Halloween Not Such a Gem This Year

November 3, 2010 |

Halloween is typically a night where things happen. Scary things. These may include but are not limited to the dead rising from their graves, thick fog, Draculas, and murderous rampages by uncompromising psychopaths. I guess I can include idiots running … Read More

Homemade Treats Make Halloween Less Commericial

October 28, 2009 |

By Sarah Kelly Guest Columnist

The approach of Halloween brings with it the memories of sights and sounds of the same dark October night of years past. We are taken back to evenings spent trick-or-treating through neighborhood streets, in jovial … Read More

UMW Too Old For Trick-Or-Treat?

November 6, 2008 |


“You’ve heard about fury and a woman scorned? …well that’s nothing compared to the fury of a woman who’s been cheated out of tricks or treats.”

Wise words from Linus Van Pelt, the blanketed prophet from “It’s … Read More

Keep the Peep Out of Little Bo’s Name

October 30, 2008 |

Every Halloween the same “Mean Girls” philosophy permeates the fog-machined air:

“In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”

While most … Read More

Fred Frights

October 30, 2008 |


Cancer Benefit/Halloween Party/Metal Show

This is a metal show featuring music from Saint Diablo, Envy Insane, Inkoherent and others, and also a Halloween party with a costume contest, and a charity event all the proceeds go to a … Read More

Susannigans: Litte Red Riding Whore

November 1, 2007 |


Every October, the same “Mean Girls” philosophy permeates the fog-machined air: On Halloween, it’s okay to dress like a prosititute. (See this week’s Sexclamations.) While most girls embrace this opportunity for skimpiness, there are plenty who scoff in … Read More


November 1, 2007 |


Gone are the days of scary witches and bed-sheet ghosts. Thinking up cleverly revealing Halloween ideas for college parties makes me long for the days of trick-or-treating. Oh, wait. Scratch that. I love dressing up slutty. Even if … Read More