Harrison House

The Great Pumpkin Sacrifice

Harrison House has the longest running tradition at UNB, the solemn and haunting Great Pumpkin Sacrifice, which began in 1973.UNB Harrison House

House residents carve a gigantic pumpkin in the likeness of the two-faced Roman god, Janus. One side of the face is happy, the other… not so much. The event is meant to represent the ‘academic’ harvest, and the pumpkin is sacrificed to ensure academic success.

Residents decorate the campus and the city with pumpkins, and howl for two minutes at midnight for the seven days leading up to the event. Silence marks the daylight hours of October 31st and in the evening a cast of house residents and alumni escort the Great Pumpkin to Joy Kidd House where it is blessed.

The Pumpkin then returns to Harrison House where it is sacrificially dropped from the roof as it explodes (under the supervision of a pyrotechnician).


  • Pool table
  • TV lounge
  • Study lounge
  • Vending machines
  • Computer lab
  • Exercise lounge
  • Kitchenette

A typical 14 x 10 foot double room includes: Harrison - Double

  • 2 twin beds
  • 2 pillows
  • 2 desks
  • 2 chairs
  • Closet drawers
  • Shelves

At a Glance Harrison - Double

  • Lifestyle: Co-Ed
  • Meal Plan: Required
  • Year Opened: 1962
  • Capacity: 97
  • Number of Rooms: 38 Double Rooms, 21 Single Rooms
  • Namesake: Thomas Harrison, UNB’s first President to be born in New Brunswick.
  • House Charity: Right To Play
  • House Charity Event: Rocks 4 Rights, Tossing 4 Toonies
  • House Colours: Red and black
  • Known as: The Huskies