October 16, 2009

Residence Hall of Horrors set for Oct. 23

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- It’s a night of fright for a good cause.

The resident assistants at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Thompson Point are hosting Residence Hall of Horrors Oct. 23 and everyone is welcome. The event will run 7-11 p.m., beginning at Steagall Hall and ending at Brown Hall.

Admission is $5 for adults or $1 for children younger than 18. If adults bring a canned good or non-perishable dry food item, they’ll pay just $2 to enter Residence Hall Horrors. The money collected will all go to the Women’s Center Inc. The food will benefit local food pantries.

The haunted house is open to the University community and the public. Parents or guardians must accompany children in order to sign a waiver.

The “fear factor” will vary, tiered according to the composition of each group, said Timothy Chambers, a hall director for SIUC’s University Housing. Organizers will assemble tours so similar ages go together with ample chaperones for groups of kids. They’ll also tone down the frights for groups with younger children.

There will be candy for the children at the end of Residence Hall Horrors, too.

No signup is required for this event. Sponsors include the Thompson Point Executive Council, Residence Hall Association, the College of Engineering and Southern Illinois University Innovative Systems (the SIUC student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.)