Oct. 20, 2011

Dark campus

Photo by Barb McBreen, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service.

Spooky forecast for Oct. 26

by Erin Rosacker

Volunteer to help

If you'd like to work behind the scenes at the haunted walk, contact Dorothy Witter (dwitter@iastate.edu, 4-4442). Volunteer duties include character role play, site managers and event preparation.

Ghosts, ghouls and spirits make an early Halloween appearance when University Museums brings its fifth annual Haunted Iowa State event to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The self-guided walk is free and open to the public.

The tour begins at the campanile at 7 p.m., where maps of the route (PDF) will be distributed. Stops on the frightful tour include the Memorial Union, Farm House Museum, Food Sciences Building, Gilman Hall, Morrill Hall and Beardshear Hall. Participants are encouraged to bring flashlights and dress for the weather.

Costumed characters will be stationed near the mapped locations. Some will "scare" participants along the route, others will tell the historic or haunted tales about the sites.

The tour is appropriate for all ages and refreshments will be offered at the Farm House. Commemorative T-shirts are on sale ($5) now at the Brunnier, Christian Petersen and Farm House museums.