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Forensic Science Club, Theme Park Engineering Group To Host Haunted Houses Starting October 21

Penn State’s Forensic Science Club and Theme Park Engineering Group are hosting their own haunted houses on campus beginning Thursday, October 21.

The haunted house, called “St. Michael’s Asylum,” will take place at Penn State’s Pine and Spruce cottages. Tickets to the event are $4.99 and can be bought at the door.

Haunted houses will take place on the following schedule:

  • Thursday, October 21 — 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, October 22 — 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Saturday, October 23 — 7 p.m. to midnight

Additionally, a “Kids Hour” will occur between 7 and 8 p.m. on Saturday. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the H.E.A.R.T. Foundation and Give Kids The World Village.

The H.E.A.R.T. Foundation gives hope and support to victims of sexual assault through promoting positive change in-laws and therapeutic aid. Give Kids The World Village is a nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides a free, week-long stay for families of critically ill children from around the world.

This year’s event will be the first haunted house at the cottages in two years since it was put on hold last year due to the pandemic. Members of both organizations wanted to make their return “a good one.”

Each club designed a cottage on its own. TPEG took inspiration from John Carpenter’s “Halloween.” The group focused its cottage around Michael Myers, one of the most infamous asylum escapees. Guests will go along with a tour guide through the asylum, culminating in an escape from “the Shape.”

“The story of TPEG’s haunted house is that you are visiting Shady Grove Sanitarium, current residency of Michael Myers,” said Andrew Talarico, TPEG’s chief creative director. “Myers breaks out of the sanitarium, and chaos ensues.”

Jared Martin, TPEG’s president, said the haunted house should be scary enough to make you feel like you’re actually in the film.

“Guests this year will truly feel this terror come to life,” Martin said. “We’ve recreated some of the most iconic moments from the films in new and unique ways that will leave visitors surprised and terrified…You have a part to play as the last survivors, fleeing one of cinema’s premier slashers. Whether you’ve seen the movies or not, you will be sure to have a frightfully good time.”

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