New Hall Haunted House Gives Back

The staff and friends of New Hall North used PVC pipe, duct tape and plastic to set up the residence hall’s annual one-night only haunted house Oct. 21.  

Every year, resident assistants from New Hall North set up a program for Tech students to attend. The past four years, that program has been a haunted house. Located deep beneath New Hall North, inside the basement, students find themselves running into evil clowns, people in Jayson Voorhees masks, or even evil doctors with a sliced open patient lying on a hospital bed.

It took the New Hall North RAs 90 hours to assemble the haunted house. Smoke machines, strobe lights, and obstacles were also used to add to the suspense and feel of the house.

Students were given free candy before entering the haunted house. Admission for students was one dollar or a canned food item. The proceeds from this event were donated to the Homecoming canned food drive.

This is the fourth year that New Hall North has hosted this event. Caitlin McCowan, assistant coordinator of the Tree House Learning Village, said she feels the house gets bigger every year.

This year, about 300 people showed up to test their bravery against the haunted house.

McCowan said one student even ran straight out of the haunted house this year. She said, in the past, they have even had students throw punches or lose phones, but in the four years of operation not a single person has been hurt.

“I love how we put in so much effort and get a great turnout each year. Not to mention, we are helping people in the process,” said senior Michele Best.  “We all work together and even though it’s one night, it’s all worth it.”