Unity, Maine – In recent years the Unity College Drama Club has delivered thrills and chills for the brave of all ages by hosting a haunted house. This year, the club will host a haunted house on Friday, October 25 and Sunday, October 27, at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot street (off Route 202) in Unity.
The haunted house will be held on Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The haunted house is free and open to the general public of all ages. Candy and baked goods will be on sale, with proceeds benefitting the drama club.
Small groups will be led through the haunted house by guides.
“All of our guides are costumed this year, so we have a witch, vampire, and clowns,” said Tasha Watson ’14, President of the drama club.
There are different levels of fright offered. Level one is a wax museum where actors do not move or interact with guests; level two is a traditional haunted house / carnival where the actors are allowed to interact with the guests; and level three, suggested only for the brave, is a haunted house with actors allowed to move and interact with but not touch guests.
There are parts of the house that have strobe lights, so visitors are encouraged to express an aversion for strobe lights when they arrive. They will be accommodated.
Frances Roth ’14, a four-year member of the drama club and lead designer of this year’s haunted house, hopes that visitors have a great time. This year the club focused on a return to traditional elements of a haunted house. In recent years they had pursued alien themes and a psycho ward gone wrong simulation.
“I took what we had done in the past few years and made it more user friendly,” Roth explained. “This will be dark and creepy with a lot of carnival elements. Visitors of all ages will be entertained from beginning to end.”
Unity College students consider this event to be a yearly tradition.
“Many students love to participate in this event even if they are not part of the Drama Club,” noted Watson. “We all love to have fun and scaring people. I am not fond of being frightened, but being in a haunted house is somehow different. I know what my role is and it is just fun from beginning to end.”
In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including: its focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of 21st century ecological problem solving and the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change; its ground-breaking “green” innovations such as the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world; and for being the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education.
Unity College is a private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.