Popular residence hall attraction returns this week
UNLV’s student-run haunted house is set to put its gory patients and deranged hospital staff back in action for Homecoming this week.
The Warnerville Hospital began last year in the Warner Residential Life building. A combination of housing staff and residents from multiple dormitories helped plan and construct the haunted hospital in less than three weeks.
The planning committee expected only residents from the Upperclass Complex to come to the exhibit, but were surprised when the hospital became an unexpected hit. Over 150 residents from various residence halls ventured out to partake in the disturbing hospital tour.
This year the planning committee is at it again, but with a few unexpected twists.
The haunted house is now going to be one of the activities open to all UNLV students during Homecoming. Committee member Alex Miller stated that the haunted hospital expects to host over 500 visitors eager to scream at its gruesome sets and terrifying medical staff.
With Homecoming falling on the last week of October, it came as no surprise that this year’s theme is rightfully entitled “Haunted Homecoming”. Activities range from a zombie run, Haunted GingerReb House Decorating and the tour of the famed Warnerville Hospital itself.
However, the committee was initially blindsided when they found out their haunted house was going to be part of Homecoming.
“[The] committee originally planned for residents only, but once [the CSUN homecoming committee] added us to the Homecoming schedule the haunted tour was available to the entire UNLV community,” said committee member Taylor Libby.
“Students who were involved with Warnerville last year were in touch with the Homecoming committee over the summer and that’s how the ball got rolling,” said Caitlin Clark, the Warnerville faculty advisor.
With the influx of expected attendees this year, the Warnerville staff has prepared to step up their game from last year.
“There is still a lot of planning going into what they want it to look like, but students should expect to be scared,” Clark said.
Miller said that Jamie Lindemann, the director of the haunted house, already has experience working with similar exhibits.
According to Miller, “He is making sure students leave scared out of their minds.”
Like other scary attractions, students will be required to sign release waivers so that they can be touched by staff during the terrifying tour.
This year’s theme returns to “Warnerville Hospital”, but students can look forward to seeing a different storyline and setups in the hospital itself.
“It’s like last year’s concept, but on steroids,” said Libby.
Compared to last year, the planning committee was allotted more time to prepare for the haunted house and the immense changes they wanted to make.
The marketing team has revamped their advertisements to resemble a newspaper. Each news story will start to unfold the haunted happenings in the Warnerville Hospital.
The Warnerville staff is also excited to announce that they have added on a second half to the hospital tour, which will take place outside. Details about the outside adventure are being kept secret until the day of opening.
Although the opportunity to be part of Homecoming has been received warmly it has also resulted in a significant amount of work. They are in need of double the amount of volunteers as they had last year.
“Anyone who wants to scare people is welcome to participate,” said Clark.
Outside volunteers are encouraged to participate within multiple departments in the haunted house. They are in “desperate need of actors, backstage crew, and people to help setup and tear down the set,” Libby said.
In addition to volunteers, the Warnerville planning committee is seeking sponsors and donations to help offset costs.
The event has become an arduous commitment for the organizers. Many hours have been spent between pre-production planning and building the elaborate sets. The entire Warnerville Hospital team is ready to see their hard work become a haunted reality.
“With the added time and number of people who are really invested in making it bigger and better I think it really will be bigger and better,” Clark said.
The Warnerville Haunted Hospital runs Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
To help volunteer, contact Jamie Lindemann at [email protected]