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Cobwebs to Cleavers: Haunted House on Campus

Chris Reed
The first room of the haunted floor. Two doctors performing on a patient

The haunted house is a Halloween tradition at Winona State University (WSU) dating back to the early twentieth century. Many who enjoy thrills, chills and terrors take a trip to their local haunted house each Halloween season. The price of admission is only rising, and the Winona area isn’t known for being a destination for horror enthusiasts. College students in town seeking this classic, spooky experience don’t have a lot of options, but fret not, as Winona State University is home to the Haunted Hallway which has been held annually since 2021.

“Halloween programming has been a staple of our residence hall programming for as long as I can remember,” Sarah Olcott, Director of Housing and Residential Life, said. “I have had many residents tell me that the haunted [hallway] was better than many that they have paid for.”

Students who dared step inside were greeted by everything spooky from cobwebs to cleavers. Students had an opportunity to embrace the Halloween spirit and participate in the event by volunteering to be scare actors.

This year, the Haunted Hallway took over the first floor of Morey Hall, as it is not currently housing students. Not only were students treated to a tour of the Haunted Hallway, but also a look into the haunted bathroom.

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This self-guided tour is full of frights, shivers and jump scares. Many students expressed how much they enjoyed it upon exiting the hallway, including Natalie Chouinard.

Down a hallway. A person in a mask. (Chris Reed)

“[The Haunted Hallway] was great,” Chouinard said, and she gave it a “solid ten out of ten.”

Hayden Benson, also a student at WSU, said, “It was fun. I want to do it again.”

WSU has always provided a very fun atmosphere for Halloween enjoyers, as there have been haunted houses, trick or treating in the halls, ghost story nights and floor decorating contents.

Residential Life has been integral to this and works hard to always have fun events in the works and ensure that there’s always something to look forward to on campus. The RHA and NRHH will be teaming up this November for their next big event, an annual Light up My Life fundraiser for Toys for Kids.

Students who are interested in becoming involved in Residential Life are encouraged to consider applying to be RA’s. The RA application opens on the housing portal on January 29, 2024.

“If that is too much of a commitment, start by going to your hall council meetings on Monday nights to see how you can get involved,” Olcott said.

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Lucy Severson
Lucy Severson, News Reporter
Lucy Severson is an illustrator and news reporter for the Winonan. She is a second year at Winona State and is majoring in English: Writing and minoring in Film. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her cat, Zazu, attending concerts as much as humanly possible, and eating copious amounts of ramen.  Before working on the Winonan, she worked as a news reporter and illustrator for the Hamline University Oracle. She currently works for the Winona 7, where she enjoys watching movies and eating popcorn to her heart’s content.  When she graduates from Winona State University, she hopes to pursue a career as an author of YA fiction!
Chris Reed
Chris Reed, Photographer
Chris Reed (he/him/they/them) is currently a photographer for the Winonan.
Reed is from Golden Valley, Minnesota, right outside Minneapolis and is a first-year student at Winona State University studying psychology with a minor in photography. He enjoys helping people and making sure they feel heard.
Reed can often be found rock climbing or bouldering; hiking; camping; playing pool, ping pong or board games; practicing cello or bass; or, when time allows, on a roadtrip.

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