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A Nightmare on Mill St.: First Halloween pub crawl hits downtown Orono

Everyone who attends the University of Maine knows how important Halloween weekend is to college students — costume contests, cute decorations, pumpkin beer and parties galore. But this year, something extra fun was added to UMaine’s party agenda and it goes along with everyone’s favorite: costumes and beer.

The UMaine Class of 2016 sponsored a Halloween themed Pub Crawl called The Nightmare on Mill Street Pub Crawl on Friday, Oct. 30.

“We came up with the name because the pubs we are going to are all along Mill Street and you know the movie Nightmare on Elm Street? It just made sense with the Halloween theme and all,” Maggie Bouchard, a fourth-year finance and communication student, said.

A pub crawl, according to Bouchard, is when patrons hop from one bar to another bar every hour, in order to take advantage of different drink and food deals. These deals at each bar only last around an hour before their deal comes to a close as the next bar on the bar hop list opens up to their hour of deals.

“A pub crawl is exactly what is sounds like. I think the name comes from drinking so much you have to crawl out,” Bouchard said.

Each year, UMaine’s senior class holds a pub crawl in the spring and Bouchard says that there have been other crawls throughout the school year, but thinks that this could be the first Halloween pub crawl.

The crawl began at Thai Orchid and continued on to Pat’s Pizza, Margarita’s, Woodman’s Bar and Grill, The Roost and ended at the Bear Brew Pub. There were drink and food specials at all locations for those who purchased a wristband.

Wristbands were sold during the week as well as outside Thai Orchid one hour prior to the crawl. As of the beginning of the crawl, more than 400 bracelets had been sold. The goal for bracelet sales was 150.

“It’s supposed to be just a great fun addition to all of the Halloween stuff that goes on at Halloween weekend at UMaine,” Bouchard said.


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