Campus haunted house returns to Life Sciences

Photo by Luca Nonato.
Photo by Luca Nonato.

This Halloween, Colorado State University-Pueblo will welcome back the annual Biology Club and Medical Science Society haunted house, “Aversion.”

For more than 30 years, CSU-Pueblo has celebrated Halloween by hosting a haunted house located in the Life Sciences building.

This year, the theme will be “Face Your Fears,” and the event is sure to have its fill of thrills and chills.

“This is a way for the community to see the campus and see what the students can do with a little help,” said Freddy Correamanrique, Biology Club secretary.

The “Aversion” haunted house will take place Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $5 for students with a school ID, $6 for those with alumni or rewards cards and $7 for all community members.

“This is one of the biggest collaborative events on campus. We’re two rival clubs that combine our resources to put on a good show,” Correamanrique said.

“Aversion” is also the biggest fundraiser for the two clubs and attracts more than 400 attendees each year. For the price of an admission ticket, people will be led in groups throughout the two-story building on a 30 minute adventure.

“It isn’t the typical haunted house. With the exception of the main floor, we use the entire building. It’s bigger than most places in Pueblo,” Correamanrique said.

Groups will be led through multiple areas of the building, including a greenhouse, an elevator, and other rooms with their share of strobe lights, darkness, and scary characters along the way.

“Aversion” is not advised for any children under 13, but actors will tone down their performances if necessary.

“Sometimes, we have parents that will bring in a baby with them. Obviously, if this happens we do our best to make sure the actors adapt to the circumstances. Some kids don’t know it’s all for show,” Correamanrique said.

“Aversion” is not all about trying to create a scare. It is also a safe alternative for a Friday or Saturday night.

“This is a tradition whose roots are lost with time. Instead of going out and getting drunk, you can feel free to come hang out with us,” Correamanrique said.

The Biology Club and Medical Science Society are still looking for volunteers. The haunted house is a way for local high school students to receive credit for community service hours and for college students to hone skills in event planning and project management.

“You don’t need to be a member of the club. Anyone that is willing and able is welcome to join. Come get a little dirty with us and have some fun,” Correamanrique said.

As Halloween approaches, “Aversion” will be increasing its publicity in local newspapers and on the radio.

More information on “Aversion” and volunteer opportunities is available by emailing Freddy Correamanrique at fg.correamanrique.se@csupueblo.edu.