Several student groups have banded together to put some fright into your Friday night with Haunted Halls at Two Harbors High School. Walk through the spooky school starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 25.
For the past five years, cheerleading coach Melanie Ross has worked with a group of students to plan the annual haunted walk through as a fundraiser for student activities. Proceeds from this year’s haunt will go toward the National Honor Society, one-act play, and the cheerleading and football teams. Students from the World Cultures Club will also be selling quesadillas and root beer floats at the start of the entrance line.
Ross didn’t want to give away too much about this year’s haunt, but noted it will have some scary movie themes.
“It’s definitely going to be scary,” Ross said. “We tend to get scarier as the years go on. The kids seem to get better and better at it.”
Ross noted that some of the students now involved in the haunt recall walking through the halls in past years and being scared.
“They talk about it still,” Ross said. “And it kind of helps us come up with ideas of what to do each year. What worked for them? What could be new and creepy? What props should we use?”
The haunt has changed over the years, according to Ross, it’s gotten scarier. The students used to hold a “light scare” aimed at younger kids prior to the main event.
“But we don’t anymore because we're not very good at it and we don’t want to do anything to traumatize the younger kids,” Ross said.
With that, Ross recommended the haunt for kids in fourth or fifth grade and up, but noted that parents can make their own choices for their children.
“We don’t put an age limit on it. Parents know their kids the best. I’ve seen little kids go through unfazed and I’ve seen bigger kids cry,” Ross said.
Attendees of Haunted Halls must enter the event through door 14 off the student parking lot of the school. Entry is $8 with a food shelf donation and $10 without a donation. The haunt starts at 7 p.m. and goes “until everyone is scared” which Ross said is generally around 9:30 p.m.