Central Texas College students were busy this week transforming building 122 into a house of horrors for the 14th annual Haunted House and Fall Carnival set to kick off tonight.
“The students get to decide a theme for each room, and basically go in and build everything themselves,” said Sgt. Joe Ribar, a CTC police officer who runs the haunted house each year. “The only thing they can’t do is paint the floors.”
Ribar said the haunted house is a fundraiser for the nonprofit CTC Foundation. Ten percent of funds raised go to the foundation, while the rest is distributed to the participating campus organizations.
“This year, our theme is going to be ‘I know what you did last summer’,” said Lajuana Ellison, a member of Enactus. “Our goal is to make things as scary as possible.”
Beside raising money, the yearly haunted house gives students a chance to interact with the community.
“We do a lot of volunteer work, and try to give back to our community,” said Joshua Everett, CTC’s student government president. “This is another chance to do that, help our (organization), and have fun.”
The college’s Haunted House and Fall Carnival is open to the public from 6 to 11 p.m. today and Saturday. The haunted house is in building 122 and the carnival is in Mayborn Science Theater.
In addition to the haunted house, there will be family activities, including games, costume contests and food. A tour of the haunted house costs $5 per person. Carnival games start at 50 cents. Food costs will vary. All events are in the Student Center on campus.