Freaky Friday: Halloween Edition

For months we have been bringing you ghostly tales from college campuses across the country, with hopes of sending shivers down your spine or in some cases, making you laugh. Below is a story inspired by elements of our previous tales. Be forewarned, you may think you ‘ain’t afraid of no ghosts’, but this spooky story is not for the faint of heart! Read on for our Freaky Friday Halloween Tale.

Widely known as ‘The City that Never Sleeps’, New York City is the perfect setting for this tale. Following the events of this story, students can now choose the ‘Paranormal Activity’ housing option if they are willing to dwell with residents who are not of this world.

Late one Friday in October, a music student was practicing the piano when he heard moans, rattles and other sounds of a person in pain coming from the stage above him. The room suddenly became very cold, and a young woman carrying a black cat became visible on the stage. She approached him, said “please stop,” and left the auditorium.


In a room down the hall, another student was studying when she overheard the auditorium doors slam closed. “I waited as the steps got closer & then nothing appeared in the hallway…I heard the steps pass by and then go down the other stairwell.” Known as the “Phantom of the Fourth Floor”, there had been several sightings of a mysterious girl who repeatedly showed up yet was unknown to any students. Sounds of furniture moving overhead are often heard on the same floor, which could be expected in a busy college building…if there were more than 4 floors.

Rumors circulated that the unexplained figure’s black cat roamed the campus on Halloween, bringing misfortune with every step. That Halloween, intent on disproving the ghost-stories, a group of students set out on what they joked was “Ghost Seeking 101”. They started at the auditorium, winding their way through the underground tunnels, which were supposed to be off-limits to students.

As they turned a dimly lit corner, the mysterious melodies of an unknown pianist began to fill the tunnel. The group caught a glimpse of two bright orbs in the distance, moving quickly towards them. Frozen to the spot, they realized these were the eyes of the black cat, which dashed passed them without pausing. The silhouette of a woman began to take shape in front of them, and the group ran screaming, proclaiming they had seen a ghost.

One of the students chanced a last glance behind him and to his astonishment, the figure had silently moved within feet from where he stood. He picked up the pace beneath her watchful eyes and caught up with his friends outside, all of whom were now convinced that the music they heard was other-wordly. Though the group met no other misfortune that Halloween night, they were spooked into never crossing the path of the black cat again.

Do you think the spirit in our story is one of the dedicated people who choose to remain part of their campus community – even after their death? Is there a different kind of unnatural existence haunting a dorm on your campus? Share your college ghost story in the comments below and they could be featured here!

More Freaky Friday

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