Festivities at the annual Student Honors Council Honors House of Horrors Halloween Party held this Wednesday included music, dancing, “terrorific” treats, games and activities, a Haunted House, and more.
“I thought it went really well. We anticipated 150 students, but even more came out, Emily Brumfield, president of Student Honors Council, said. “This was the first time in Park, and it was great to see the party work so well in a different venue. The Student Honors Council members planned this for weeks, and did an amazing job. I’m super proud of all of them.”
The Haunted House was a favorite among party-goers. The attraction featured a Clue-themed murder mystery where participants were led through a series of obstacles to their ultimate demise.
“My friends and I couldn’t see. We ran into each other, especially when we had to crawl,” Emily Barsic said. Barsic dressed for the party as a young, wealthy woman yet to make her societal debut.
Joe Hannon, SHC committee chair for the Haunted House, said he was pleasantly surprised by the turnout.
“The biggest scare seemed to come from the kitchen in our Haunted House, when we banged pots and pans by everyone’s heads,” Hannon said.
The Haunted House’s other scares included a sudden mist of water to the face, gusts of hot air and each group suddenly being bound together with a rope before their release.
Other activities for the night were a donut eating contest, a mummy wrap game, a costume contest and a candy corn guessing game.
“The costume contest was the most popular event, with the mummy wrap as a close second,” said Taylor Hedges Inman, Committee Chair of games and activities.
The menu for the night included sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate pretzel bites and a red sherbet punch.
“The food was successful. We ran out of nearly everything, and baked enough for 150 people. The chocolate chip cookies and punch were favorites,” Garrett Evers, Committee Chair for the “terrorific” treats, said.
Goody bags filled with candies and treats were also passed out to party goers.
“The music is great,” Brumfield said. “Our DJ did a great job this year.”
Songs included V.I.C’s “Wobble Baby,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Lady Gaga’s “Applause” and countless other danceable hits.
“If you couldn’t make it this year, make sure you make it out next year, because it’s going to be even better,” Hedges Inman said.
Costume contest winners by category:
Most Hilarious: Caleb Gekker, as a tree
Best Group or Duo: Caleb Chowning and Emily McDaniel, as Mermaid Man and Barnancle Boy, respectively, from Spongebob Squarepants
Spookiest: Abe Richardson, as a zombie
Do-It-Yourself: Natalie Broton, as Wendy from Where’s Waldo
Classic: Lizz White, as Rosie the Riveter
by Noah Patterson
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