Alpha Kappa Lambda’s annual haunted house will be in full swing starting tonight, Oct. 29 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m and will run through Oct. 31. The event will take place at Alpha Kappa Lambda’s chapter house, located at 918 S. Osteopathy Ave. This will be AKL’s 13th year hosting the event. During previous years, the haunted house has had many different themes, but this year it will feature a traditional Halloween scare.
Sophomore Stephen Powers, AKL’s Haunted House chair, says he wanted a broader audience to be able to come and enjoy the haunted house this year by using a more traditional theme, providing a broader range of scares and taking time to creatively set-up the event.
“[This year’s haunted house] can be as scary as [participants] want it to be,” Powers says. “If they want it really scary, they can tell me.”
Powers says the AKL Haunted House traditionally draws a large crowd.
“There are people from Kirksville who come here because they know it’s the best haunted house, and they’ve heard that it was really good,” Powers says.
This year’s haunted tour starts in the fraternity’s barn, decorated as a large maze with actors strewn throughout. The second section takes participants through a large wooded area behind the house, where a pathway has been cleared, winding around the backyard area leading to an open space where hotdogs and hot chocolate will be for sale. Powers says the amount of time it takes to get through the course varies — a fast walk-through could take about 10 minutes, but taking it slow will extend the tour.
The fright comes at a price — $5 for individuals, $3 per person in a group of 6 or more or free admission with the purchase of a $17 long-sleeve T-shirt. All the proceeds go to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.
AKL’s haunted house is not the only Halloween haunt coming to Kirksville this season. Below is a list of upcoming Halloween events open to the public.
- Alpha Sigma Alpha is hosting a Concert Series and Trunk or Treat at the University Farm on Oct. 30 starting at 5 p.m. The event features performances from Two Headed Cow and Minor Detail, as well as a bonfire and prizes. Truman students get discounted admission at $3 per person.
- The Independent Performance and Art Coalition will be hosting Haunted Baldwin on Oct. 30 and 31 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.
- KTRM is hosting a Halloween party at Red Barn Park on Oct. 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. The festivities will feature a costume contest, free food, and music.
- Wrongdaddy’s annual Halloween party, Rave to the Grave, will take place on Oct. 31 starting at 9 p.m. The cost is $5 for anyone over 21, and $7 for over 18.