BY JILL BAKER – STAFF WRITER
A weekend filled with murder mysteries and Halloween-themed games, food, music and activities await the Susquehanna community this weekend.
The Gender and Sexuality Alliance is starting the Halloween festivities off tonight with “Queeroween,” beginning at 7 p.m. in Winifred Shearer Dining Rooms, where Halloween music will echo as candy, snacks and pizza are served.
According to Brandy Shrawder, event planning chair and vice president of GSA, Queeroween will include a costume contest and Halloween-themed games with prizes for the winners. Admission is $4 and proceeds help fund GSA trips.
Breaking the silence of the Blough-Weis Library tonight will be an interactive murder mystery. The event is free and there will be two crime scenes that people will have a chance to solve. Participants will investigate a crime scene, talk to witnesses and guess who the killer is in each situation.
Lucia Garabo, member of the Student Activies Committee, said: “I think the best part about [Murder Mystery] is that it will be interactive, and people can investigate in any way they want to. To my knowledge, something exactly like this has not been done before.” The doors will open at 8:30 p.m.
Kicking off Halloween night at 6 p.m. will be Halloween on the Ave. The porches of university houses will be filled with festive activities. Along University Avenue, Tau Kappa Epsilon is hosting its seventh annual Haunted House, taking a common fear of clowns and creating a clown asylum.
According to Tau Kappa Epsilon brother and Senior Community Assistant of the Avenue, Nick Martell: “We’ve done a lot of different [themes]; I love it. We try to do scary themes, but at the same time, we do it for kids, so it can’t be too scary.” He continued, “This is one of my favorite events we do, right after the chicken dinner. I honestly love everything about the Haunted House because it’s not just about raising money for St. Jude’s, but the Greek community as a whole and the Selinsgrove community.”
The majority of Tau Kappa Epsilon’s fundraising efforts throughout the year go toward St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and as 100 percent of proceeds go to St. Jude’s, Martell said he is excited to scare kids for the kids.
According to Martell, the fraternity has been preparing and planning for about a month and is trying to make this the best Haunted House yet. According to Tau Kappa Epsilon President Dillon Warr, each year the fraternity raises about $150 to $200, and has a goal of $300 this year, they hope to get as many people to come to the event as possible.
Tickets can be purchased from any Tau Kappa Epsilon brother for $2 beforehand or $3 at the door.