Just before Halloween, residents and volunteers were at work this past weekend to host another haunted house in Jessie Doe Hall. In its 26th year, Jessie Doe’s haunted house has become a strong tradition for residents and the greater UNH community.
In collaboration with University of New Hampshire (UNH) Residential Life and with funds from the Student Activity Fee, three lounge spaces including an outside area were converted into Halloween-themed spaces for visitors to walk through and get spooked by volunteers in costume. From 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., students and community members lined up to walk through Jessie Doe to get their Halloween fill for the season.
With the help of 60 volunteers, Jessie Doe’s everyday spaces were converted into scenes of horror films, filled with glow-in-the-dark paint, fake blood and frightful figures. Jessie Doe’s haunted house included actors, scary props, eerie music, and an outside trail lined with fog that completed the ambiance. Smaller alternative activities were also being held around Jessie Doe, including a bonfire and lawn games such as cornhole.
While visitors waited for their turn through the haunted house, there was a bake sale full of fall treats. All proceeds from the bake sale would go directly towards donations to Relay for Life, a sub fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Along with the bake sale, Jessie Doe was also holding a food drive. Non-perishable goods were collected from visitors to be donated to the Cornucopia Food Pantry at the Ways-meet Center in Durham.
As groups entered and survived the haunted house, several students and other visitors were able to come together and socialize. As a long-reigning tradition, Jessie Doe’s haunted house is able to bring students together during the fall semester and enjoy their time just before Halloween.