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No Amateur Scares at Chi Phi's Haunted House


October 20, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO - You can hear the screams and growls even from campus. Those strange noises are coming from 216 N. Franklin, where Ohio Wesleyan's Chi Phi Fraternity will hold its 21st annual Haunted House. The house will be open on Halloween weekend for anyone who is brave enough to endure the fright fest. Doors will open on Thursday, October 27 from 8-midnight. For Friday and Saturday, it will be open from 8-1 a.m. The admission price is $6 for adults and $3 for kids under 12. You can get up to a maximum of $2 off if you bring 2 canned goods. All proceeds from the event will go to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Delaware and all the canned goods will benefit the local food shelter, People In Need (PIN).

Last year the event raised more than $2,500, something the brothers of Chi Phi are hoping to improve. "Last year was amazing, but we're always trying to match or improve our efforts each year," says Braden Kessler, Chi Phi's philanthropy chair. They've also improved upon drawing student numbers. "Haunted House has always been a community event, but we know students would enjoy coming up," Kessley adds. Students can get into the house with 5 food points or 2 canned goods.

Anybody expecting a kiddy ride will be in for a shock. "This isn't an amateur effort. We've been doing this for more than 20 years, so we know what works well to scare people and what doesn't," says Chi Phi president, Patrick Gallo. "Sometimes the best scares are the simplest to do," Gallo adds, with a sheepish grin. To find out what the brothers have in store, you'll just have to come and enjoy the ride.

Chi Phi was founded in 1824 at Princeton University. The OWU Alpha-Chi chapter holds other community service events including soup kitchens every Wednesday and an Easter egg hunt. The three principles of Chi Phi are truth, honesty, and personal integrity. For more information about the Haunted House, please call Chi Phi Advisor Peter Chew at (740)-368-2949.