Witches, action heroes and lots of monkeys haunted the University of Alaska Anchorage Campus Center last Saturday.The 13th annual Haunted Halloween Fun Night was a hit. The event included a haunted house, various games sponsored by campus clubs and lots of candy to be handed out.
Kids and parents alike piled in the Campus Center for a night of games, entertainment and fun.
Amy Puerner, chair of the Haunted Halloween Fun Night Committee, helped organize the event with three other committee members.
“There has been a couple thousand of people coming through here all night long, its just been packed,” said Puerner.
The event is a fundraiser for the student clubs that participated. The kids buy tickets and trade to play different games at the club booths.
The clubs are rewarded $.25 for each ticket received.
Some of the games included the Economics Club's Halloween Bowling and Lambda Chi Alpha's Sit and Bounce, a game for kids to sit and throw a basketball into a hoop.
The Justice Club offered face painting and will use the funds generated from the event to send club members to the Academy of Justice Sciences Conference.
Among those present was UAA's Sparkie the Seawolf, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and Oscar the Grouch.
“I'm an elementary education major. It makes me feel good to watch kids smile and laugh,” said Lukis Nighswonger, aka the Cookie Monster.
The Campus Bookstore, has been providing events for several years and this year had an alien theme. They offered story telling and cookie decorating.
Residence Housing Association organized the haunted house.
Organizers distributed 12,000 flyers for the event. The flyers were given to elementary school students.
Last year, the event brought in $5,000 and this year they expect to do just about the same.
Club Council sorted 10,000 bags of candy to give away at the event and at about 7 p.m. they ran out to get more.
“We run out every year,” said Liisa Morrison, the staff person in charge of the event.
Morrison has been involved with the event for five years.
“It's getting more and more popular every year,” she said. “[This year] we are anticipating about 2,000 kids.”
All of the funds generated at the event go back to the clubs.
Jeff Arnold with Kappa Delta Pi, said they use the money to offer scholarships to students. He has been involved for a couple years now.
“It's a good safe place to come,” said Arnold.