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Midnight Madness Offers Safe Alternative for Halloween Celebration

By Antwan Staley

East Carolina University faculty, staff and students seeking a safe, drug- and alcohol-free alternative to Greenville's annual Halloween celebration in downtown bars and clubs may appreciate the university's Midnight Madness event, Oct. 31 on campus.

Midnight Madness, "Nightmare on Tenth Street," will feature free carnival games, a costume rock band competition, a "Taste of Fear" competition, bowling, billiards, music, dancing, food, and a free showing of "So You Think You can Thriller?" and of the popular horror film, "Drag Me to Hell." Activities will be held in Mendenhall Student Center from 9 p.m. until midnight and in the Student Recreation Center from 10 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served in Destination 360 from 10 p.m. until midnight.

Midnight Madness offers a a safe alternative for celebrating Halloween at ECU. (Contributed image)

Event co-chairs are Jacob Tidwell, assistant director of student activities in the Office of Student Activities and Organizations, and Bradley Beggs, assistant director of adventure programs for Campus Recreation and Wellness.

ECU faculty and staff volunteer to provide the manpower to run a great deal of the games and competitions for the event. "Faculty and staff members love attending Midnight Madness," Tidwell said, "because they get to see students in a different light." Most participants especially enjoy the opportunity to interact with students and other university employees that they would not meet in their normal day-to-day routines, Beggs said.

Organizers expect a good crowd for the celebration this year, even though Halloween falls on a Saturday. Although students may be enticed to activities away from campus over the weekend, organizers hope that many will stay to enjoy the celebration.

"Last year, although Halloween was on a Friday, we had over 1,500 people attend Midnight Madness," Tidwell said.

Security will be enhanced through police presence and security checkpoints for all attendees. At checkpoints, attendees must pass through a metal detector and display ECU OneCards or a valid guest pass to demonstrate affiliation with the university. Medical staff from the ECU Student Health Center will be available in case of a medical emergency.

Established in 1993, the Midnight Madness program is a collaborative effort involving ECU Campus Living and Dining, ECU Police, Campus Recreation and Wellness, and Student Activities and Organizations, among others.

Celebrations throughout the week preceding Halloween will include a haunted house Oct. 29 and 30 from 6 - 9 p.m. on the MSC Brickyard; and on Oct. 24,  a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the preceding week on Oct. 22, 7:30 - 11:30 p.m., Student Activities and Organizations will present a ticketed visit to Briley's Haunted Corn Maze and Farm, open that evening exclusively for ECU students, faculty and staff. ECU Transit will provide rides to and from campus (College Hill Drive and West End).

Midnight Madness events are free with an ECU OneCard for faculty, staff and students, along with one guest per person. Guest passes will be available on Oct. 30 at Campus Living, Jones Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Oct. 31 at Mendenhall Student Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the Student Recreation Center from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

For additional information about Midnight Madness, visit or contact Jacob Tidwell at or (252) 328-4738. For information about the evening at Briley's Haunted Corn Maze and Farm, visit or call (252) 737-1808.




This story appeared originally in the Oct. 15, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at