Charity haunted house in the UCC

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Who knew blood-curdling screams would be such a good advertisement?

In the spirit of Halloween, the University Students’ Council Charity Committee has transformed the University Community Centre Atrium into a haunted house. For a minimum donation of $2, students can enter at their own risk, with all proceeds going to United Way.

“Last year, we split [the proceeds] between UNICEF and United Way, but this year, we’re giving it all to United Way,” Sarah Fawcet, haunted house coordinator, says.

The theme of this year’s haunted house focuses on the events of a missing student involved in an underground secret society known as Dark Water. Scripted videos displayed outside the house were made by TV Western and depict a realistic news report of the student’s disappearance. It will be shown on TV screens outside the haunted house.

After Shriners Haunted Mansion located at the Western Fairgrounds was shut down, Fawcet gathered new ideas from the people who worked at Shriners. Fawcet said students can expect more props and special effects.

“This year is bigger and it’s expanded, so our budget’s bigger. It’s going to be even scarier than last year, and last year we even made a lot of people cry,” Fawcet adds.

The last USC haunted house raised $2,200 from donations alone. Fawcet also encourages residence floors and soph teams to experience the haunted house together.

“I would like to surpass what we did last year. So if we make $2,201, I’d be happy.”

The haunted house is open today and tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. For group bookings, email

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