Shrieks and shivers at Marshall haunted house

    This Halloween, be wary of the little folk. And I’m not talking about the creepy-crawly gremliny things that hid under your bed when you were 8. I’m talking about children — and there will be a lot of them around campus this Halloween.

    Jonathan Josephson
    Guardian

    Every year, the Active Community at Thurgood Marshall College puts on an event called “”Safe Halloween.”” The purpose of the event is to provide elementary school children with a safe and fun environment in which to spend Halloween day. Throughout the day, 80 to 100 first- through third-graders from Jefferson Elementary will trick-or-treat around Marshall college and participate in a Halloween carnival in the Marshall uppers cul-de-sac.

    The highlight of the “”Safe Halloween”” is the annual Haunted House. With the help of A.C.T. and other Marshall volunteers, a Marshall apartment is made up into a multilevel haunted house. This year, the guys of Marshall Lower apartment D-3 (and their girlfriends) will host the house for the second year in a row.

    “”Fun Fright House”” veteran Daryll Dorman said he is happy to be a part of the event for a second year.

    “”If I was a kid, I would have been quite entertained by last year’s [Haunted House], but also scared.”” Dorman said. “”We gave them candy at the end, so if they were scared, they would usually forget after the candy.””

    Student Danielle Bluestein said that her “”favorite part was playing very scary music and then dancing like crazy when it changed to a completely silly song.””

    However, there is something more important than scaring the kids. “”While scaring the kids is part of the haunted house, seeing them smile and laugh is even better,”” Bluestein said.

    The children of Jefferson Elementary will be visiting the Marshall lowers in the morning. The “”Fun Fright House”” of D-3 will be open to the rest of campus only in the early evening, time to be announced.

    So this Halloween, look out for pop stars, Harry Potter and Sulley roaming the campus. Join the fellas at D-3 if you are looking for some Halloween fun. Get into the Halloween spirit! But remember the mantra of the Active Community at Thurgood: Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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