A chilling mist hung in the air as students entered the Foster Recreation Center to escape the eerie night before getting in line for MSU’s spookiest event of the season.
Student Activities Council hosted the annual Haunted Trail on Thurs., Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the FRC. Volunteers arrived early to decorate the first floor and dress up in creepy costumes for scaring those who were brave enough to walk through the trail.
Unlike other haunted houses that charge a fee, admission was free for all MSU students. After signing a waiver and receiving a wristband, students could enter in a raffle to win exciting prizes like a Bluetooth speaker and a Nintendo Switch.
According to the Coordinator of Student Engagement Programs Paige Jenkins, SAC started the trail at 8 p.m. so students had time to unwind in the basketball courts, which featured a DJ, pizza, balloons and more. Groups of 10-12 students were then sent to the trail, and everyone else stayed entertained while waiting for their number to be called.
The FRC’s swimming pool and other workout spaces transformed into dark tunnels, echoing with screams and filled with startling surprises. One student admitted she was easily spooked, but sophomore Karcee McFarlin had a different reaction.
“That wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be,” she said after completing the trail. “I knew several people in it too, so that helped. I enjoyed it!”
Those who missed the Haunted Trail can be on the lookout for next year’s event. Those in need of community service hours are also welcome to help out with the trail’s preparations.
While another Halloween has come and gone, the Haunted trail is always changing. New scares and unexpected twists will be waiting for students each time they visit.