Theatre hosts Fatal Fear haunted house fundraiser


Natalie Brink

The last haunted house will be put on from 6 to 9 p.m. Halloween night.

Harshita Avirneni and Natalie Brink

The sky grew darker as cars rolled up with people eager to see the house. The actors inside put on their costumes, getting ready for the show they were about to put on. Makeup and masks, spotlights and scares, the haunted house of the year is here.

To raise money for the theatre department, theatre will host the last Fatal Fear haunted house on tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m. at 3509 Cowden Drive in Steiner Ranch. There is no entrance fee, but there is a table where patrons are encouraged to donate.

“It feels like you’re a part of something bigger than just yourself and that you are contributing to a bigger picture then the room that you’re in,” actor Alex Fletcher said. “My favorite part of putting on a haunted house [is] the kids and adults that come through and seeing how mesmerized [they are] by the realness that is created when they walk through.”

Theatre previously hosted the haunted house Oct. 20 as well as last Friday and Saturday. On Oct. 20, the attraction raised about $400.

“I played three different roles,” actor Walter Doolittle said. “I played a zombie, a clown and a zombie hunter. It is very professional. I’m not used to that, but it’s fun and you get to make new friends.”

The haunted house features several different aspects including a swamp and a mad scientist’s laboratory. Incredibly, the attraction is entirely inside a family home.

“I thought that was very interesting as a concept,” attendee Riley Emanuel said. “It was interesting going through the entire house because somebody lives there and their house had become a haunted house with strangers going through it.”

For those afraid to be too scared, the haunted house offers a “not so scary side,” where patrons can walk through and get candy. While waiting in either line, students in costumes wander through the crowd to make waiting in line less boring.

“It was really well done,” attendee Rachael Sherbo said. “It was scary, but not too scary with fantastic decorations. It was better than I expected.”