With midterms in the rearview mirror, it’s time to move on to another terror this semester: Halloween. Luckily, the upcoming event put on by Morehouse and Carpenter Residence Halls can be a little more fun for students.
The two halls have banded together to make sure, between all the parties and other festivities, students don’t forget what Halloween is all about with the annual MorgueHouse haunted house.
First-year Azch Dredge, Morehouse Hall’s programming chair said MorgueHouse will take a bit of a turn from its tradition by adding a theme this year.
“I believe that a bit of continuity in a haunted house helps with the illusion that you really are in danger,” Dredge said. “We decided on ‘Small Town Terror,’ and if you want to know what that means, I suggest you come find out.”
In keeping with the theme, MorgueHouse will include rooms such as the butcher’s kitchen and a church. Other rooms remain a secret to add to the horror and surprise. Those who choose to attend should plan to be scared out of their wits because each year, the participants in the haunted house try their best to make it more horrifying than the year before. Light and fog machines as well as sound effects will add to MorgueHouse’s sense of terror.
Getting ready for MorgueHouse has been a long process for Dredge.
“I came up with the theme and have been collecting materials and setting them up for about two months now,” he said.
Other Morehouse residents, such as junior Earl Hall, an actuarial science and finance major, are also excited for the festivities to begin.
“I am on the Morehouse (executive council), and I love Halloween,” Hall said. “I was a big fan of Halloween back at home in Los Angeles. I love scaring people. So I felt as though it was my divine role to scare the people of Drake University through MorgueHouse.”
Hall will be playing an important role in the haunted house.
“I am (in) one of the first rooms that you will enter in MorgueHouse,” he said. “I am the butcher, which means I run an entire room for my scene. It’s one of the bigger scenes besides the church scene.”
Students who plan to attend are welcome to come in a costume but will be asked to remove any masks due to safety reasons. It has also been suggested that students not wear long robes or other types of costumes that drag on the ground because it may cause a tripping danger both to those involved and to students who have come to witness the mayhem.
MorgueHouse will be taking place today and tomorrow from 8-11 p.m. Entry to MorgueHouse is only $2, and all proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Students are sure to receive a night of horror and gore that they will not likely forget.