Annual Pumpkin Smash Friday, Nov 5 2021 

By Anthony Riley–

Another year, another Halloween–and with it brings decaying pumpkins carved during the spooky season. UofL Sustainability hosted their annual Pumpkin Smash at the SAC ramp Wednesday at lunchtime. Students could bring their own pumpkins, and throw them off the ramp to smash them where they’ll be used for composting purposes on campus.

Photos By Anthony Riley//The Louisville Cardinal

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That time I saw something I shouldn’t have Sunday, Oct 31 2021 

By Catherine Brown–

I would consider myself a paranormal skeptic. I think that there’s a special category for those of us who believe in the potential for a supernatural world but can’t quite trust the “evidence.” 

I’m not trying to convince you that the supernatural world exists. I don’t want to scare you with a spooky ghost story. I just want to share my experience in the effort that maybe I can better understand what happened that night.

Everything happened on a fall night in 2019. My family and I were travelling up to Michigan to visit extended family. And, well, traveling in a car and sharing a hotel room with your family is already a living nightmare. 

We were getting settled for the night in our hotel room. We needed to wake up early the next morning to get to our grandparents’ house. As such, my family decides to go to bed early. Pretty soon, I’m the only one still awake. Mom, dad, sister and brother are out cold.

As nice as it is to have peace and quiet, there’s also a sense of unease when I’m in a room with 4 other people but they’re all fast asleep and I’m not. I can’t help but wonder: What are they dreaming about? How am I going to get to sleep?

And more importantly: how am I going to walk around everybody on my way to the bathroom?

I decide to get up and go to the bathroom before I finally nod off. I make my way to the bathroom after navigating my way around people sleeping in the beds and on the couch. 

But when I get there, I feel a sense of unease. For some reason, I’ve always had this feeling using a hotel bathroom at night. Hotel bathrooms are like the liminal of the liminal. Nothing inside of the bathroom feels like it did when you entered, as if you’ve transcended reality. 

I shut the door behind me and I turned on the light. As soon as I did,  I was in for the surprise of my life. 

From the corner of my eye, I see something move. Was it the shower curtain? Was it something on the wall? Maybe, an apparition of some sort?

To this day, I have no idea. All I remember seeing is an abstract of black out of the corner of my eye and I feel a whoosh come over me. The vision that I just saw was moving like it had a sense of life. It was something alive. But what? I get this bodily chill like something was just in this bathroom before me, and I walked in on it and scared it off. Or made it mad.

As I said, I’m skeptical of the existence of ghosts. Could they exist? Sure. Is it likely that they exist? Well…

After that startle, I decide to try to be as quick as possible and leave as soon as I can. But then comes the next scare.

My name. 

Someone is calling my name.

But that makes no sense. My family is asleep. I can hear their snores through the crack in the door. But I definitely heard my name. And the weirdest thing?

It sounded like my dad’s voice. I heard my dad whispering my name through the other side of the bathroom door. 

In a whisper, I call out, “yeah?”

No response. At the time, I assumed that my dad was just checking to see if the bathroom was occupied and knew the most likely culprit would be me. But after I wash my hands and open the door, I find the hallway right outside the bathroom to be puzzlingly empty. Wasn’t my dad waiting for me to exit?

Sure enough, when I walk back to the bedroom, my dad is there in bed, just as he was before, soundly sleeping. Oblivious to the life-altering scare I just had in the bathroom. Unknowing of the portal that I probably just opened to some ghostly realm from which I’ll never quite recover.

Lesson learned. Never trust a hotel bathroom at night. 

Graphic by Eli Hughes//The Louisville Cardinal


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Floyd Street Theater showcases 2021 Halloween lineup Thursday, Oct 21 2021 

By Tate Luckey

The Floyd Street Theater has announced its lineup for Halloween-themed movies for the month. There are two screenings of each movie, one at 5:00 PM and one at 7:30 PM.

  • Psycho (1960) – October 27th and 28th
  • Candyman (1992) – November 2nd
  • Candyman (2021) – November 3rd and 4th

File Photos // The Floyd Theater //

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Trunk or Treats around Louisville Thursday, Oct 14 2021 

Over the years Trunk or Treats has become more and more popular and we want to share with you the best around Louisville.  Trunk or Treats aims to provide a safe environment for trick-or-treaters on or around Halloween. Trunk or Treats involve a community coming together in a parking lot, either on the 31st or shortly before, so that children [...]

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Louisville Haunted Attractions Monday, Oct 11 2021 

Things are getting scary! Louisville haunted attractions are all around and ready to make your spine shiver…..if that’s what you want.  I know that so many people love scary and haunted events and so we provide you with a list of area attractions that are really to make you scream and jump. There are some slight frights for the younger [...]

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13 Southern Indiana Fun Fall Events Saturday, Oct 2 2021 

Fall is a great time to explore Southern Indiana. There are many fun events from festivals to fossils.     Here are 13 that stand out to us in Southern Indiana for fall family fun. Harvest Homecoming – New Albany October 1-9 This festival is a staple of autumn coming in Southern Indiana. Booth days are October 6-9. Open September [...]

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Haunted Cave Tour Friday, Sep 24 2021 

Do you love the fright and screams of haunted attractions this time of year? Haunted Mine Cave Tour at Red River Gorge in Kentucky. The Gorge Underground offers Haunted Mine Tours via boat at Red River Gorge.  It is the time of year for haunted attractions in Kentucky and this haunted cave tour is very unique. You’re on a boat, [...]

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Best and worst candies of the Halloween season Saturday, Oct 31 2020 

By Catherine Brown-

Halloween is quickly creeping up on us. 

Although we have to take special precautions with trick-or-treating this year, we can still stock up on candy for our candy bowls. This list includes some of the best and worst candies that you can include in your bowl as well as the candies to pick and avoid if you go trick-or-treating. After all, you’re never too old to enjoy the tricks or the treats!

Many U of L students already know which candies they’re going to look for on Halloween, but here’s our list of the best of the best. Keep an eye out for these candies this season: 

13. PayDay — While certain decorations might ward off evil spirits, these candies just ward off the kids with peanut allergies. Next.

12. Milk Duds — Yet another good way to waste time eating a substandard chocolate-caramel that will send you to the dentist faster than you can even get through a pack.

11. Butterfinger — Nothing says “Halloween” like a candy that sticks between your teeth and looks/tastes like sawdust.

10. Almond Joy — For years, Almond Joy has received lots of undue hate from people due to the combination of coconut and chocolate. It certainly beats a PayDay, though.

9. Tootsie Roll — Fun fact; did you know that U.S Marines used Tootsie Rolls during the Korean War to seal fuel pipes? Otherwise, they’re the sort of candy that you forget exists until Halloween.

8. Nerds — Fun until you spill some on the floor and can’t find it. Or you spill it on your shirt and don’t realize until you stand up.

7. M&M’s — The best thing about M&M’s is that they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Want a bag of regular M&M’s? How about peanut or peanut butter? However you choose to enjoy them, you can definitely look forward to a fun size bag of M&M’s in your candy bowl.

6. KitKat — Apparently, there are over 200 flavors of KitKat around the world. Additionally, in Japan, the name KitKat sounds similar to the word for “surely win.” Therefore, you have no excuse to not include a KitKat in your Halloween candy bowl this year.

5. Starburst — When you get tired of chocolate bars and peanut butter, fruity Starburst are the best candies. But does anyone else get annoyed when people say they don’t like yellow Starburst? More for me, then!

4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — The only thing that sets these peanut butter cups back is the fact that you have another layer of unwrapping to do after you get past the first wrapper. Otherwise, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are perfect in whichever size you choose.

3. Crunch — Crunch bars are near the top because they’re so satisfying to eat. How many other candy bars can sound so gratifying than one that seems to crackle in your mouth?

2. Twix — Twix combines all the flavors and textures that make chocolates great. Cookie + caramel + chocolate is a winning combination.

1. 100 Grand Bar — The quintessential Halloween candy is the 100 Grand Bar. The 100 Grand Bar is like the Crunch Bar mixed with the Twix–a delectable combination of crunchy and smooth caramel. It deserves to be rated 100,000/10.

Do you agree with our list? Is there a candy you wish was included?

If so, let me know on Twitter @respondstocath. You can never have too much candy, so be on the lookout for all of the amazing tricks and treats you can get this Saturday.

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Caufield’s For Halloween In Louisville Thursday, Oct 15 2020 

Caufield’s is a unique store that will supply all of your Halloween needs! Have you heard of Caufield’s Louisville? This store has the best variety of Halloween costumes, supplies, wigs, decorations, and all things gore and scare! Caufield’s Louisville has operated in Louisville since 1920. It is a staple for all things Halloween in Louisville. Shop their novelties and you [...]

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Halloween in Brown Park 2020 Wednesday, Sep 16 2020 

Halloween in Brown Park is a staple fall event in Louisville. For 2020, it’s going to look different but it’s still happening! There’s still fun to be had for Halloween and we are happy to share with you more about this St. Matthews event.  Halloween in Brown Park is always a fall family favorite. For over 20 years, the Chamber [...]

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