France Hall Halloween frightens for a cause

Oct 26, 2012

TJ Wasserman at France FrightmaresThe ghosts, ghouls and witches came out of the woodwork of France Hall for the annual "France Frightmares" Thursday night.

The annual Haunted House benefitted the oldest active residence hall on campus. Built in the 1920s, it is on the National Registry of Historic Places. France residents who organized the “Frightmares” event hoped to raise funds for repairs to their nearly century-old campus home.

Students and community members started in the Lavely-Shedenhelm Education Center and proceeded through France Great Hall, where the haunted house began. The first floor and basement of the hall were decorated for the holiday, including some interesting characters found along the way. At the end of the haunted house, visitors exited through a back door, where they were able to donate to the hall fundraiser. Outside the event, different student organizations presented a series of kids' stations such as face painting and other goodies.

The German Club supported the event and included a fundraiser of their own by selling cookies and puppy chow made with German chocolate. 

"We're raising money for our German Club T-shirts, along with social events such as movie nights and our Christmas event," said senior April Davidson. 

The Philalethean Society also supported the event by organizing a face-painting table. Sophomore Macey Grise planned their event, designed to bring joy to the children that community members had brought with them. "I put my childhood on the table," she said. "Some of my best childhood memories were on Halloween and I wanted to share them."

German Club at France Fightmares

Heidelberg junior Rebecca Dickinson has headed up the program since last year and hoped for greater success with fundraising this year. Along with Dickinson, organizations such as Alpha Phi Omega, Residence Life and W.A.N.T.A. supported the event. 

"Many of the RAs on campus included it in their floor programs," said Office of Student Engagement intern Rich Green. "But the credit for orchestrating the event really goes to Rebecca Dickinson. She's the one that got Residence Life and the Greek groups involved."

Sophomore Holly Oberlin was excited to head up the Alpha Phi Omega room. "I am dressing like a creepy doll, because Alpha Phi Omega's room is creepy toy-themed this year," she said. "It's for a great cause to bring in more funds to France Hall. As a France Hall RA, I have seen that the building needs a lot of improvements and I know those can be expensive."

"I am excited for people to see all of the hard work all of the groups helping out did to make this a memorable event to campus and the community," Oberlin said.

More than 75 students participated in the event, along with about 50 community members and their children. This year, the “France Frightmares” raised more than $150, as opposed to $40 last year.