Last Wednesday on Oct. 30, USF’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) held their annual Fright Night, which included the best campus haunted house I’ve seen. Fright Night has become an annual USF tradition that takes place a day or two before Halloween.
With a line winding around McLaren lobby, the event gained much attention from the USF community. It was initially slow to pick up, but as soon as the first batches of students went in and loved the experience, more and more started to rush into the building.
The haunted house was done professionally and student actors prepared for over two weeks to make sure their parts were as scary and convincing as possible. Strobe lights were placed to disorient students, actors in clown masks frequently jumped out at groups, and the screams of innocent victims were heard all throughout McLaren for hours. Within the tunnels were endless streamers, strings falling around you, bewildering you along the journey. Not only were the participants constantly in character, but the general design of the haunted house itself was executed excellently.
Student clown actor Sean Gresems said, “It was the best thing I’ve ever done!” He navigated his way throughout the dark ominous tunnels popping out as individuals walked by. With the orange frazzled hair, wide grin and pale white face, it was almost hard not to want to run in the opposite direction. Attendants agreed that it was a fun and frightening way to begin Halloween weekend. Many students also attended the event in costume, contributing to the spooky theme. Overall, CAB put on a widely successful and well-attended event that is bound to be even more terrifying next year.