For those looking for a haunting experience this Halloween season, both Cal State Fullerton and the city of Fullerton are hosting separate tours designed to frighten and spook.
The Alumni Association will host its 3rd annual Haunted Alumni House Thursday, Oct. 25.
From 7-8 p.m., the George G. Golleher Alumni House will host “Kids Hour,” where children can come dressed up and go trick-or-treating throughout the house without the scary elements that will be put in place for the haunted tour.
Once through the house, participants are greeted by a Halloween Festival on the outdoor patio, which will include games, crafts, and and candy.
The main attraction, the haunted tour of the alumni house (located right off State College Boulevard by the Titan Student Union), will run from 8-10 p.m. Each year, the alumni house has a different theme and storyline created by the Student Alumni Ambassadors.
Brittany Alejo, the graduate assistant for Alumni Relations, explained that this year’s theme runs along the line of “Missing Titans.”
“The theme of ‘Missing Titans’ is what the crowd will experience this year as they go through a ‘crazy’ professor’s house in search of various missing students from around campus,” said Alejo. “The alumni house will be turned into the house of the professor and each group will act as a search party in charge of finding out what’s really happening inside,” she said.
The Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) are eager to see how this storyline will play out as participants brave through the haunted tour.
SAA’s Jocelyn Lambeth, a nursing major, and Brittany Roper, described their excitement and work they put into the tour.
“I never would have thought how much work goes into planning a Haunted House,” said Lambeth.
Roper, also a nursing major, said they have been working on transforming alumni house all week. As a veteran of SAA, she explained what they are doing differently in the planning stages this year.
“We are trying to get more students on campus to get involved with the Alumni Association, so we are trying to reach out to many clubs and organizations to help participate. Many students don’t know that you can get involved with alumni events before you actually become an alumni,” said Roper.
Students and community members alike can come out to the Haunted Alumni House for a spooky fun time and show their CSUF spirit.
By attending the event, participants are also giving back to students through the admission fee.
The haunted tour costs $2 and all proceeds from the event will go directly to the Alumni Association Scholarship Program.
A little further off campus, thrill seekers can find another hair-raising experience.
The city of Fullerton hosts its own haunted walking tour, where participants visit various local landmarks and learn about the paranormal beings that may lurk there.
Actual stops on the tour may vary, but popular places include Plummer Auditorium (where Louis E. Plummer himself is said to drop in and watch the shows), the former California Hotel (now Villa del Sol) and even the Fullerton Police Department.
Tours will begin at 6 p.m. at the Fullerton Museum, located on the corner of Wilshire and Pomona avenues. “Ghost hunters” are advised to wear comfortable footwear, as the tour will be over a mile long and will last about two and a half hours.
The North Orange County Paranormal Society will also be hosting an open house beginning at 5 p.m. in the museum classroom. They will be discussing the latest advances in paranormal research as well as the process researchers go through to confirm or debunk claims of paranormal activity.
These tours began Sept. 12 and will run through Nov. 1, with a special Halloween tour planned for Oct. 31.
The cost is $15 for museum members and $18 for non-members. Prepaid reservations are required and it is recommended that they be done well in advance, as the tours fill up quickly.
Reservations can be made by calling the Fullerton Museum at (714) 738-6545.