When it comes to Halloween in Chapel Hill, the more things seem to change, the more they stay the same ... sort of.
Decades-old issues of The Daily Tar Heel show similarities and differences between UNC Halloween celebrations in the 1980s and now. In the '80s, students delivered pumpkins, held jack-o-lantern carving contests in the Pit, held haunted houses for children and charity and, of course, went to Franklin Street in costume.
On Oct. 30, 1987, DTH reporters wrote about the day’s jack-o-lantern carving contest. The contest was held in the Pit and was sponsored by the Student Stores and the senior class.
Prizes included a $20 gift certificate from the Students Stores for the scariest pumpkin and a $20 meal card bonus from Carolina Dining Services for the funniest pumpkin.
“That’s such a cute idea, but it’s just funny because now, I don’t think a $20 gift certificate would even buy you a t-shirt in the Student Stores,” said current first-year Spencer Dalton.