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Scare Up Local Halloween Activities

As Halloween draws nearer and nearer, it’s easy to already have lost track of the many fun and interesting ways to celebrate this ghoulish holiday.  HWS and the City of Geneva are offering a number of activities to students; some are sure to invoke horror and some won’t. 

As a prelude to the fright night itself, there is the Psycho Hotel, a haunted house in downtown Geneva that is open from Thursday through Saturday, through October 30. Psycho Hotel is located at 429 Exchange Street and offers both high-thrill frights and a small autumnal farmers’ market, all for good causes.  Costing $8 for adults and $5 for children, all the money collected from this year’s event is being donated to local non-profits.  Organized by Bob Stiver and HWS’ own Kim Kochin, assistant director for student activities, the haunted hotel features a number of student volunteers and should not be missed by anyone looking for a good scare.

For the actual night of Halloween,  HWS CAB will be hosting a massive inflatable haunted mansion on the quad for students from 7 to 11 p.m.  Promising a bit more entertainment than straight-up scares, the event is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  As it is being run by students, for students, anyone wishing to help out and volunteer to work/act as characters at the haunted house can contact  Also, in the event of rain, this will be moved into Bristol Field House. 

Finally, for the young ghosts and goblins, there will be the annual Trick or Treating event in the Village at Odell’s Pond.  On Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. community children and children of faculty and staff are encouraged to walk through Odell’s and collect some treats.  There will also be a refreshment table for the trick-or- treaters,  with apple juice and donuts.  All participating Odell’s units will be clearly marked for the festivities.