By Jill Borowski
On Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., the Music Department got into the spirit of Halloween with their 16th annual Haunted House in the Fine Arts Center. The haunted house is a guided walkthrough (about 10 min) with flashing lights and fog effects.
The Music Department’s haunted house has a theme each year. This year’s theme was Dante’s Inferno. Dante’s Inferno is a well- known story about a journey through hell. Hell is depicted as 9 circles of suffering deep within the earth. The haunted house depicted various stages of hell.
Prices were relatively inexpensive compared to other haunted houses, at $7 for adults, $6 with an LIU student ID or for anyone in costume, and $5 for children. The money raised from the haunted house will be used for the Music Department’s Convocation Series, which is now required for all music students to take in order to complete their undergraduate career at LIU.
Before the event Emily Plunkett, a junior Music Education major, said “This year is going to be a notch above the rest because so many different personalities will participate to make this an amazing year for our haunted house.” This will be Plunkett’s third time as an actor in the haunted house. Plunket and the other actors in the haunted house are all LIU Post students, and they have a lot of fun doing it. Candy was given out to the children who attended in a designated “children’s room”.
The haunted house had child-friendly features, including an easily accesible exits as well as a waiting room for children (or scared adults) who are overwhelmed. The haunted house is publicly advertised, drawing attendees from the local area. Both resident students and commuters can enjoy a yearly haunted house that is nearby and inexpensive for college students on a budget. This haunted house is set up for success—between the eager and talented student actors, the incredible artwork and design provided by the Art department, and the air of creepiness about the place, this year’s haunted house was to die for!