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A Penn State Halloween: Haunted House Hopping

A lot of people think Penn State students only dress in skeezy (FireFox is telling me skeezy isn’t a word. Apparently it hasn’t been to this campus…) costumes, but there is much more going down on campus than one may think. Several student organizations on campus have opened this year’s assortment of haunted houses. Tonight, we visited three of these locations to rate how terrifying they actually are.
The line at Ritenour awaits while the moon shines over the normally creepy building.

Ritenour Cosmetic HELLth Center

Hosted by La Vie at Ritenour. Open from 7:00 pm to midnight on the 30th and 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Halloween. $4 entrance fee, with a dollar of that donated to THON.

Ritenour’s theme was based in an insane plastic surgeon’s lair. The plastic surgeon wanted people to be “pretty” no matter what, so he decides to “fix” them. Some of the patients are in there by choice, others…well, let’s just say they would rather be eating candy with all the other trick-or-treaters.
Overall rating: pumpkinpumpkinpumpkin

Two more reviews and a slideshow after the jump.

Penn State Institute for the Criminally Insane

Hosted by the Forensic Club at the Spruce and Pine Cottages. Open from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Cost is $4.99 per person (save that extra penny, people!).

Darkness creeps a lot of people out. This place took advantage of that aspect. These cottages are also quite cramped, so why not pull the claustrophobic card? The Forensic Club really did a solid job of making you feel surrounded by people who wanted to hurt you. The premise of this house involves participants being led by an investigator looking for two missing police officers and a serial killer that recently escaped captivity. Where the hell’s backup when you need it?
Overall Rating:pumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkin

We are Dead State.

Hosted by the School of Theatre at the Pavillion Theatre. Open from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

This house takes place in the Pavillion Theatre. It actually does not start until tomorrow, but they gave Onward State a backstage tour, and it looks pretty damn impressive. The tour guide will guide you through haunted visions of Penn State’s library stacks, Health Services, Berkey Creamery, and Lion Shrine, just to name a few. The sound effects were intense, which really makes the house come to life. The artwork covering the walls really struck us as unique and horrifying. We only hope the actors will bring this to a whole new level. We cannot wait to see this place in action!
Overall expected rating: pumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkinpumpkin

There are more houses to rate, but I could only pee my pants so many times…laundry day isn’t until Sunday!

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Melanie Versaw

Melanie is a senior majoring in both Marketing and Advertising. She enjoys blowing bubbles, beating boys in Mario Kart, and going to concerts. Oh, and she takes photographs, as well.


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