From haunted houses to masquerades, the ACU campus is gearing up for the Halloween season. Students will have the opportunity to get spooked, dress up and watch a monster film this week in celebration of the fall holiday.
The annual Frater Sodalis haunted house will open up Thursday night, marking the 30th year of the event. This year the haunted house has moved from Play Faire Park, where it has been for the past couple of years, to The Island, a bigger location with the intention of attracting a bigger crowd.
“This new location was used by Frats nearly 5 years ago, and it was our biggest haunted house yet. We are hoping to top it this year,” said Jack Sorrells, head of fundraising for Frater Sodalis and junior computer science major from Waco.
The event started as a club fundraiser in 1981 and has been held most years since then. The haunted house stands as the biggest fundraiser for the Frats all year. Everyone from club members to club prospects, and even girlfriends, get involved and help out at the haunted house.
The event runs Thursday to Monday, beginning at 7 p.m. each day. Tickets for the haunted house are $10 each. Thursday night is college night, with $8 tickets for college students with a valid college ID.
In addition to the haunted house, the Honors College will host a masquerade. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Paramount Theatre, chosen because it has a “fun, Hollywood feel,” said Kelsey Evans, chief organizer of the masquerade.
The theme this year is “Calling all Characters,” and the movie Monsters Inc. will be shown. Attendees in Halloween attire can win prizes for the best costumes will at the end of the night.
“Last year students went all out and had some crazy costumes, we will also have a photo booth where you and your friends can have your picture taken and sent to you,” Evans said.
Honors students and friends of Honor students are invited to pick up the free tickets for the event at the Honors College office in Zellner Hall. Tickets are limited and will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Honors College expects to have a large turn out Sunday with the new and exciting venue. The Frats haunted house is located on loop 322 between Highway 80 and I-20.