Grace Jordan, arts & living editor 

Halloween is quickly approaching and there might be some who are scrambling to decide what to do this Halloween weekend. There are numerous festive attractions and events not only at Berry, but also around Rome. Some of those include, a Halloween Pride Ball, Oak Hill haunted tours and Copper Creek Farms. 

Oak Hill haunted tours have begun at Berry College. Chloe Pontes is the Educational Outreach at the museum and has played a major role in organizing this event. 

“This is kind of what I do,” Pontes said. “So last year I compiled the information for the tours and then this year I actually planned most of the events.” 

During the tour, students will go around campus, learning about ghost stories that are connected to the site. The tour is a conglomeration of ghost stories and Appalachian folklore. Students will hear about stories like the tale of the Green Lady and go to haunted places, like Hoge. 

“We have a lot of ghost stories,” Pontes said. “The Green Lady, we talk about her and who she might be. We talk about spirits at Hoge, which is one of our most haunted buildings on campus. Possum Trot is one of the older spaces on campus so there’s a lot there. It’s a lot of ghosts, but also a lot of Appalachian folklore. Specifically, when we’re up in the woods on Mountain, we talk about what Appalachian folklore consists of and some of the stories that connects to Berry.” 

According to Pontes, the tour involves an hour and a half of walking and driving. It begins on Main Campus by the Berry College Chapel and concludes at Frost Chapel on Mountain Campus. 

“We caravan and also recommend carpooling,” Pontes said. “We do drive the white van and people can follow behind us. Main Campus has no driving so we all park behind Dana. Then we come back to Dana, drive up to Mountain and park at Frost. We start at the Berry College Chapel, we don’t go to Oak Hill for these, it’s just sponsored by the museum.” 

The tours will run from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. every two hours on Friday and Saturday and will operate from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. every two hours on Sunday. Students are encouraged to sign up for the tours prior to the event on Berry Connect. 

Copper Creek Farm offers a diverse pumpkin selection for visitors to browse through and purchase. | Photo courtesy by Faythe Choate

“We have it open on Berry Connect,” Pontes said. “It’s haunted history tours and you sign up through there. It’s free to students. We prefer people to sign up by the morning of the tours, but we possibly could let people sign up at the event, but there’s no guarantee there will be spots.” 

Another event happening on campus Halloween weekend is the Halloween Pride Ball. Kalista Shields, co-president of LISTEN is one of the organizers of the event. The event is an introduction to the various clubs on campus. LISTEN is hosting the event in partnership with BSA, Orgullo and Student Diversity Initiative (SDI). The Ball will feature elements of drag, while also incorporating Halloween into the mix. 

“LISTEN, BSA, Orgullo and SDI are partnering together,” Shields said. “The Pride Ball is kind of in homage to drag culture in that we’re having costume awards and dance offs. Atlanta Pride is in October so we decided to incorporate that in as well. We want to show off the various cultural clubs that we have here at Berry and we think doing that in a way that is reminiscent of drag culture is a great way to expose the Berry community to that.” 

The Ball will feature multiple contests and snacks and drinks will be provided to those who attend. 

“There will be a costume competition, a dance competition and a lip synching contest,” Shields said. “I made the playlist and it’s a combination of queer artists and Halloween music. There will be snacks and mocktails.” 

Students are encouraged to wear costumes to the event, whether that be drag or other costumes. The party is open to those in the LGBTQ+ community and allies. 

“Everyone is encouraged to dress up in costume, it doesn’t have to be drag,” Shields said. “But we also encourage people to wear camp costumes. Dress like you’re putting the ‘camp’ in campus. It’s open to allies as well.” 

The event will take place in the Krannert Ballroom, Friday Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

An attraction that is held off-campus and not associated with Berry is Copper Creek Farms, located at 1514 Reeves Station Rd SW in Calhoun, GA. Senior Faythe Choate recently visited the farm and has nothing but good things to say about it. 

“It was a whole operation,” Choate said. “There is music, there’s rides, it’s very family oriented and there’s a corn maze. I know near Halloween it has a haunted corn maze. There’s opportunities to go to different shows on the property. They had a pig race, they had interactive children’s shows with different farm animals also they had farm animals there for people to pet. They had petting zoos and interactive rides and attractions.” 

On top of fun attractions at the farm, the food is one thing that stood out to Choate. Some of the food is even sourced locally. 

“I enjoyed the food there,” Choate said. “I thought it was really great. They had a lot of really good desserts, featuring local produce. They had apple dumplings that featured apples from Blue Ridge.” 

Entry is $17 per person and according to Choate, requires nothing but a good attitude. 

“I don’t think there’s anything you need to bring,” Choate said. “I felt like it was pretty accessible for people of all abilities, too. There was transportation and clear, open paths. Just bring a good attitude.” 

Other attractions around Rome include Rome Shriners Circus of Horrors Haunted House, which is located at 109 Bells Ferry Rd NE and runs through Oct. 31 on Fridays and Saturdays and starts at 7 p.m. Also, Spooky Stories with Sigma Tau Delta, will take place at 7 p.m. by the Jewel Box fireplace. 

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