Get scared for a good cause

Students who love haunted houses and supporting a good cause should mark their calendars: on Friday, Oct. 30, Circle K International (CKI) is hosting a haunted house in Thwing Center.

Admission to the event is $5, and $12 gets you admission and a Jolly package, which includes a t-shirt and discounts on drinks. The money will go towards the Eliminate Project. Tickets can be bought in the Tinkham Veale University Center on Oct. 29 and 30 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and also on Tapingo and at the door.

The Eliminate Project is an ongoing project with UNICEF and Kiwanis International, CKI’s parent organization, that is focused on eradicating maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease which affects thousands of newborns and mothers every year.

According to the president of CKI at Case Western Reserve University, Thomas Franco, this year marks a target year for the Eliminate Project. The goal is to raise $150 million, and so far the organization has raised $100 million. CKI at CWRU started last semester, said Franco, and they wanted to be a part of this push to help the Eliminate Project reach its goal.

As for the haunted house: “We don’t want to give away too much,” said Franco. “It’s not too drastic, but it’s going to be a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to get together with a group of friends.”

But will it be too scary to make it through the end? “Many have tried… no, I’m kidding. This is the first year, so there’s a lot of unknown. A lot of people get scared easily, and you’re more than welcome to get out,” said Franco.

It was designed with the fear factor in mind, and there are also actors in costume, he added.

The event partnered with The Jolly Scholar, and has had help from other campus organizations like American Red Cross, Sigma Psi, the Residence Hall Association and the Undergraduate Student Government. In addition there will be a tater tot bar, baked goods and Halloween candy, according to Franco.

“It’s for a great cause,” Franco said. “The campus hasn’t seen much of [these events] before. Every year, there’s not much going on for Halloween.

“Also, it’s convenient,” he said. “It’s the night before Halloween, so you don’t have to miss your friend’s party, and it’s on campus.”

As for students planning to attend the event, first-year student Sreeti Ravi said that although she doesn’t know what to expect of the event, she thinks she will enjoy it. Volunteer coordinator, Abby Tyson, said, “We’re trying to make it something anyone will have fun at. I’m really looking forward to it, too. It’s so exciting to see all our work turn into an actual event.”

Event: CKI Haunted House
Location: Thwing Center
Time: Friday, Oct. 30, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Price: $5-12