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Six ghosts float in front of a white background. Senior Opinion Columnist Emily Beebe and Opinion Columnist Olivia Zapf debate whether ghost are real. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Look both ways: Are ghosts real?

By Emily Beebe and Olivia Zapf | October 30, 2023

Ghosts are probably real By: Olivia Zapf Ghosts are real ... probably. The age old question of the existence of ghosts has mystified individuals worldwide.  With classics like “Casper the Friendly Ghost” and Slimer from “Ghostbusters,” it’s...

A row of Halloween costumes displayed at Spirit Halloween. The Illinois Department of Public Health reminds trick-or-treaters to be aware of potential dangers this Halloween. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Costume ideas for Halloween enthusiasts

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | October 5, 2023

As the month of September comes to a close, and the spooky season creeps in, the question that could be on everyone’s mind is “What should I dress up as for Halloween?”  This year has seen the release of quite a few movies, TV shows and characters...

CARTOON: Spooky Golf

By Isaac Trusty, Cartoonist | October 30, 2022


Well-o-ween 2022 will offer Halloween themed activities on campus to practice wellness.

Self-care and scare during Well-o-ween 2022

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | October 21, 2022

NIU Mission Wellness is offering Well-o-ween, a week of Halloween themed activities to practice self-care and to partake in the spooky season. Mindfulness and You: Glitter Jars 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at the Holmes Student Center Room 306 or virtually,...

DeKalb Police Department wants people to celebrate Halloween safely this year by not driving while impaired.

DeKalb Police Department encourages residents to not drive while impaired

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | October 19, 2022

With Halloween approaching, the DeKalb community is gearing up to see some scary things – ghouls, ghosts and goblins galore – but perhaps the scariest of them all will be impaired drivers.  Not only can impaired drivers impact their own lives,...

There are many events this season to look out for, including a pet costume contest and a pumpkin rolling competition.

DeKalb Park District to spice up the city with 4 ‘spooky season’ celebrations

By Abigail Lamoreaux, Chief Copy Editor | October 7, 2022

DeKALB – Expect whimsy and family-friendly fun this Halloween season from the DeKalb Park District, which has four upcoming events planned for the community to enjoy, according to an Oct. 6 news release. DeKalb Halloween House Decorating Contest (Oct....

Svengoolie, a havanese, dressed as Freddy Krueger for Halloween. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Costume ideas for your furry friends

By Sarah Rose, Managing Editor | October 3, 2022

The best part about Halloween is getting to dress up and pretend to be someone else for the night. While many people are starting to shop for costumes for themselves, others are looking for the perfect outfit for their pets.  According to the National...

A view of the balcony seating mural in the Egyptian Theatre.

Tickets now available for Egyptian Theatre’s ‘BOO’ze & Spirits Flashlight Tour’

By Laqes Davis, Lifestyle Writer | September 23, 2022

DeKALB — The Egyptian Theatre is hosting an event called the “BOO’ze & Spirits Flashlight Tour” this fall. The theater will share scary stories and reveal secrets about ghosts that roam throughout the building.  According to the event...

Watching movies is an essential way to celebrate the changing of the season.

Top 3 cozy films to watch this fall

By Abigail Lamoreaux, Chief Copy Editor | September 16, 2022

Despite what the warm weather may have you believe, fall is fast approaching. The time for crunchy leaves and apple cider donuts creeps ever closer. What shall we do in our limited free time to celebrate fall? One of the easiest ways to get into the spirit...

Clue comes to the Egyptian Theatre

‘Clue’ comes to the Egyptian Theatre

By Jacob Baker | January 31, 2020

The Irrational Masters will shadow cast their upcoming live performance of the 1985 cult classic “Clue.” Shadow casting is a performance where actors mirror the film as it plays on a screen. The show will be 8 p.m. Friday at the Egyptian Theatre,...

Culture revolution continues under Colhoff as the head coach looks to the future

By Jarrett Huff | December 5, 2019

DeKALB — On a snowy Halloween afternoon, the women’s soccer team had one last chance to close the season on a high note, putting everything out on the field.The wind chilled to the bone, dispersing snow flurries all over the field and into the faces...