By Sung Wi |Staff Writer|
The Residential Housing Association (RHA) transformed the village square on campus into a haunted maze on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. The mad house was officially open.
I tried to get in just holding a camera. But when the door opened, the darkness and scary monsters were there to scare the hell out of all the visitors, including me.
The monsters were ready.
Visitors had to walk in the maze alone or in a very small group of two or three.
At the very first turn, a person in a bloody lab coat was hiding in the dark. Next thing I knew, hands and faces popped out from the wall.
One of the maze attendees was frightened and screamed.
She tried to run for the exit, but her friend grabbed her in arms in panic begging not to leave her alone.
There were many paintings and blood prints done by students draping the maze walls, making the area even more grotesque.
A guy wearing a freaky mask played a spooky theme on a piano in the corner, and skeletons were flying and popping out of everywhere.
“I’m trying to keep my eyes open,” I heard a student scream. “But I can’t!”
Following the arrows stuck on the floor, the exit sign could finally be seen.
Just when I thought it was over, the final jump scare was there waiting.
Breathing fresh air was really relieving for the people managing to get out.
Once exiting the maze, students described it as a very scary experience.
Everyone agreed that the scariest part was when a masked guy hiding behind a curtain jumped out at them with a sickle.
Nearly 346 people visited the house in 2 hours that night, breaking the record of the last year.
After the event ended, the President of RHA, Miguel Jimenez, spoke out about how the haunted house came to be.
“It took hard work and dedication. We had a lot of work from the theater department, and I thank the volunteers who helped us to scare people,” said Jimenez.
Jiminez said the haunted house in the hands of next year’s RHA.
“As a tradition, we hold events every year for Halloween. But we just wanted to have a different twist this year. We wanted to make it big, this will be an annual event.”
As members and volunteers helped clean the village square area, it soon looked as if the fright and terror that took place that night was never really there.
However as Jimenez said, the mad house will be back again next year, ready to scare all those who dare to enter.