It's that time of year. People everywhere are searching for haunted houses, both fake and real.
For frightening tales, UT students need to look no further than their very own campus.
Structures more than two centuries old are bound to accumulate their share of ghost stories. The fact that UT is built on an Indian burial ground and Civil War battlefield, certainly influences the idea that campus is haunted.
Google "UTK ghosts" and it will bring you to the school's official "Ghost Stories" webpage. The page tells of haunts at different areas on campus.
The Hill is reportedly haunted by two separate spirits. One is a man dressed in 1930s attire and is reportedly the ghost of a heartbroken former student who committed suicide after his girlfriend ran off to marry another man. He wanders aimlessly around the Hill, giving him the name of the "Walker on the Hill."
Another entity supposedly located on the Hill is a large, spectral dog.
Large teeth and claws, bright red eyes and a piercing howl are features of the ghost canine. Referred to as "Bonita," she is supposedly the pet of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Tyson who was buried on the lawn of the Tyson House. The story goes that she prowls campus searching for her masters.
Cailtin Rivers, sophomore in forensic anthropology, was unaware of the supposed paranormal happenings on campus.
"I've been here two years, and I researched the campus and I never came across anything that said it was haunted," Rivers said.
While some students are a little skeptical about the hauntings on campus, others have been made believers.
Keegan Spraker, sophomore in mechanical engineering, claims to have had a run-in with one of the most notorious spirits on campus. While standing outside Strong Hall, Spraker and friends were telling stories of eerie happenings inside the building. Suddenly a dark silhouette appeared in the doorway casting a shadow on the ground, which Spraker reported, disappeared in an instant.
"I'm not one to see things that aren't there," Spraker said. "If I see it, it's there."
"Sophie," as she is called, is the spirit of Sophronia Strong, whom the building is named after.
Her son, Benjamin Strong, left money in his will for UT to build a women's residence hall and garden in his mother's name. While Sophie died 58 years prior to the Hall's opening, it didn't stop stories of her presence from spreading across campus and among the dormitory's residents.
It is said that Sophie appears in mirrors behind residents on Feb. 17, her birthday. Sophie also acts as a motherly figure who shows up during arguments and other forms of behavior she sees as "unladylike."
The campus ghosts do not seem to be permanent, however.
New stories seem to spring up with each new generation of students. Jack Neely, Metropulse writer and UT alumnus, said the ghost stories of today were not around when he was a student.
"I sometimes heard ghost stories about Fort Sanders," Neely said, "but I don't recall any mention of actual campus ghosts."