Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

The Haunted Hike Returned To Manhattanville College
Thursday, 07 November 2013 13:46


Haunted Hike

After extreme weather conditions caused cancellations the past two years the Office of Residence Life brought the traditional Haunted Hike back to Manhattanville College in 2013.

 “This year we had amazing supplies, a lot of volunteers and scary costumes, we held it in more places on campus, we had a new route and we had more chances to decorate and make it scarier,” said Alexis Moore, a senior and resident director assistant, who was the lead organizer of the event.

While a snowstorm in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012 caused the last two Haunted Hikes to be called off it also gave the organizing committee a chance to take advantage of the logistics from the past events, “We used a lot of things that we would have used for the two that didn’t go on, so any mistakes that we found from past years we were able to fix them now,” stated Sonia Mehta, a senior who was part of the organizing committee.

“Just as important as learning in the classroom, students have to learn outside of the classroom, so throwing large scale events like this brings the community together and they help students bond over similar interests and may meet new people, establish old friendships, or agree to attend or lead an event in the future,” stated Benjamin Grant, director of the Office of Residence Life.

“I really enjoyed it. It was the best experience ever. I enjoyed acting and being a mixture of scary and funny at the same time. It’s very important to have these types of activities because everybody gets involved,” stated Freshmen Polin Petkova.

Tour guides led groups of five through the hike, which started with a trip in a van up to the college’s woods followed by a walk, visit to the Lady Chapel, and passing through Tenney’s and Damman’s Hall underground path.

Moore and a team of resident advisors led the event with the help of 30 student volunteers. The Haunted Hike took place on Oct. 30 and 174 students participated.

“It’s something fun to do on campus. It’s safer, more controlled, and it involves everyone: there’s students who are scaring, students who want to get scared, and students who help with advertising,” stated Mehta.