Katie Hillman – Staff Writer
CLARION, Pa.- Clarion University’s Student Honors Association kick-started the Halloween spirit on campus with its annual Haunted Dorms event. On Oct. 27, 177 students gathered in Ballentine Hall, prepared for the scares of a lifetime.
Six student organizations worked to transform Ballentine into an interactive, walk-through haunted house. Each organization created its own rooms throughout the building to fit its theme. Rooms ranged from haunted little girls playing with decapitated dolls and the Evil Queen to padded wall asylums.
As students arrived, they were led through the dark halls by a guide who granted them access into each of the rooms. There, they were greeted by various characters who either enticed them to stay or screamed for help from cages or cutting tables.
Clarion University’s Allies was one of the organizations that participated with two rooms: a torture/scary movie room and a claustrophobia room. One of their participants was junior Summer Murray, an early childhood education major.
“My favorite part is getting that really good scare from people,” Murray said. “When they scream and want to leave the room after they see you, you know you’ve done what they came here for and done it well!”
“More RSOs should get involved because it’s so much fun for the people behind the scenes and the people who come see it,” Murray added.
Psychology major Mickenna Ansell attended Haunted Dorms for the first time this year. “It was a lot of fun and I can tell that they put a lot of work into it,” Ansell said. Her favorite area was the zombie room.
While the event was free, donations were collected at the door to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness and research. At the end of the evening, donations totaled more than $80.
The Clarion University movie theater showed a variety of Halloween films throughout the weekend to further hype the holiday. A double feature of the “Conjuring” films was shown Oct. 27. Another double feature of “Hocus Pocus” and “Halloweentown” was shown Oct 29. Other movies throughout the weekend included “Don’t Blink” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
With “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at midnight Oct. 29 in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room, students were encouraged to bring their own props and dress up as their favorite character.
Clarion’s Physics Department also held a series of laser mania music light shows throughout the week. “Halloween Spooktacular” featured a sing-along of Halloween tunes including “Monster Mash” and “Purple People Eater,” with famous Halloween character guest appearances.
Other shows included “Laser Beatles,” “Laser Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon,” “Laser Pop Rock,” “Laser U2” and “Laser Safari.”
In related news, the planetarium will host its annual “Seasons of Light” show at 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11. Admission to this show is free and open to the public. For more information on planetarium events, call 814-393-2085.