Rec center turns into Haunted wRECk

Hannah Hamner


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Witches, werewolves and warlocks alike will make their way to the Rec Thursday for a night full of spooks and scares.

“This is a great family event that brings together the community,“ said Jason Hawk, marketng coordinator for Residence Services. “It’s totally free and is a safe environment for children to trick-or-treat.”

Kent State’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center and Ice Arena will host the annual Haunted wRECk Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hawk said he expects 2,000 participants to come. They are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes as they trick-or-treat through the nine decorated stations for free. The event is geared for children 12 and younger, but students are allowed to attend, Hawk said.

This year’s theme is an abandoned movie theatre. Each of the seven areas will be decorated based on a movie, such as “Hocus Pocus” and “The Goonies,” Hawk said.

“Tour guides will be dressed as zombie ushers,” Hawk said. “Children and their parents or guardians will follow a tour guide who will direct them to decorated areas within each facility, telling them a story along the way.”

Participants collect candy at the end of every themed area, Hawk said.

The Haunted wRECk tour starts at the Rec. After they fill their bags with candy, trick-or-treaters will board the Spooky Express for the “Greeks, Ghouls and Goblins Pit Stop”, Hawk said.

“Every fraternity and sorority will have a car in the Ice Arena parking lot,” Hawk said. “Each will be decorated differently, and participants will have to get candy from the trunk of each one.”

After students and families get a “taste” of Greek life, or at least the candy they will offer, they can get free food and ice skating at the Ice Arena, the last station.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item in exchange for the free evening of fright. All donations are given to the United Way, Hawk said.

Contact Hannah Hamner at [email protected].