Trine University presents ‘Haunted Hall of Humanities’

Trine University will present its annual Haunted Hall of Humanities beginning Monday, Oct. 24, and continuing through Oct. 31.

Sponsored by the university’s Department of Humanities and Communication (HAC), the Haunted Hall of Humanities is a collection of events celebrating Halloween and the season. Each event is designed to look at a different element of Halloween – the campfire storytelling ritual, Edgar Allan Poe, scary movies and more.

“The event originally started small, with just decorating Taylor Hall, but it has grown with the participation of the entire department,” said Justin Young, assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Communication. “Halloween is really a time of community coming together. Everyone opens their doors and celebrates the creativity of kids in their costumes. That creativity is at the heart of HAC and we want to celebrate the idea.”

Trine University’s Taylor Hall of Humanities will be decorated as a haunted house throughout the event, and will be available for tours. The university’s Writing Center, located in the LINK inside the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, also invites students, staff and the public to share their own two-sentence horror stories to be posted on a board through Halloween.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, the Multicultural Student Organization and the Office of Student Success and Retention will present “Night Frights: Fireside Stories with HAC” at the fire pit outside of Whitney Commons Café. S’mores and hot cider will be shared along with scary ghost stories.

Adjunct professor and storyteller Lou Ann Homan and students in her speech class will present the third annual Poe Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, inside Wells Theater in Taylor Hall. Homan will lead students in retelling and performing some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous and spine-chilling short stories and poetry.

On Thursday, Oct. 27, Trine’s Overlooked Film Festival will screen the film “Midnight Special” at 7 p.m. in Fabiani Theater, inside the University Center. Starring Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Nichols’ film tells the story of a young boy seemingly pursued by everyone from a religious cult to the U.S. government. What secrets lie within the child?

Friday, Oct. 28, will be Halloween with Trine University, sponsored by the university’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Held from noon to 9 p.m. at Ridenour Acres, 2935 C.R. 20N, Angola, the event features trick-or-treating, an 11-acre corn maze, hay rides and a costume contest. The first 175 guests with a flier (see for details) receive free admission, with regular admission $7, and the first 50 children in costume receive a free pumpkin.

Trine University’s Musical Theatre and Opera Ensemble will present a Halloween-themed program as part of the university’s fall concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Ryan Concert Hall of the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts. The concert also features the Chamber Orchestra and University Choir.

On Monday, Oct. 31, the Department of Humanities and Communication will present the HAC or Treat Costume Contest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor of Taylor Hall. The event includes candy, photos and prizes for top costumes.