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All Hallows’ Eve

The ghosts are coming out to play on October 31 as Hofstra celebrates Halloween.

The festivities will kick off at 4:30 p.m. in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater with a lecture from Stony Brook University’s Dr. Tara Rider on the Long Island witchcraft trial of Goody Garlick. The 17th century trial acts as a lens to better understand the hysteria associated with accusations of witchcraft. This event is free, but advance registration is required. 

Following the lecture, members of the Hofstra community are invited to meet in front of Hofstra Hall at 6:15 p.m. for a walking ghost tour. The tour will highlight several “Hofstra Hauntings,” as well as those of Long Island ghosts in the surrounding area. The tour will include cider and doughnuts, and costumes are encouraged. This event is free, but advance registration is required.

“Halloween is history, tradition, and all things supernatural. What’s not to love?” said Geri Solomon, assistant dean for special collections. “The events we have in store are sure to be ghostly and fun.”

The night will end with a film screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Live at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The screening will include live performances by students and community members and have trick-or-treating, free popcorn, and a prize for the best Halloween costume. This event is also free, but advance registration is required.

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