The Residence Hall Association’s haunted house attraction will take place this year in the lobby of Carter Hall.
It will be held on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., as part of ETSU’s Freaky Fright Fest Weekend.
The haunted house has been a long standing tradition on campus for over 25 years.
Each year, the event is remodeled to look and feel completely new and unique to keep the vibe interesting, engaging, and most importantly, scary. The RHA haunted house has always been a huge success and a favorite among students as a Halloween must.
“The difference from the event that we held last year is that instead of being in the Lucille Clement lobby, we are holding it in the Carter Hall lobby,” said Vice President of RHA and head of the haunted house Nathan Wallace.
ETSU, in fact, holds the title as one of the most haunted campuses in the South, and Carter Hall specifically is known for its ghostly activity, sometimes said to still be inhabited by the spirit of a young woman.
And how often does one get the opportunity to go through a haunted house that is “actually” haunted?
“We are using an insane asylum theme for the haunted house, whereas last year there was no set theme,” Wallace said. “Expect to encounter insane patients, vicious doctors, and a few local legends and surprises.”
For those with arachnophobia or claustrophobia: beware.
Decorations for this asylum of terror will include many walk through spider areas and dark, ominous hallways.
Not to mention guests will also be witness to a macabre surgery, a game of operation you never wanted to play.
According to Wallace, it takes several hours to make sure the house is properly decorated and a minimum of 10 volunteers for it to work effectively.
“The creative process involves watching a lot of horror movies, talking to friends to gauge their reaction to some prop/scene ideas, and looking at what other haunted houses have done in the past,” he said.“We will be having strobe lights, but we are willing to accommodate for guests who medically cannot be around strobe lights. The guests would simply have to tell us they cannot view strobe lights and we will adjust accordingly.”
This event is for anyone and everyone who wishes to step into his/her most sinister nightmares.
Duration of the haunted house is approximately 10 minutes from start to finish, and admission is completely free. In addition, RHA will be accepting donations for Relay for Life at the event.
“The donation is optional,” Wallace said, “And a great way to show how much you enjoyed the haunted house.”