2018-10-25 / Living

Sigma Chi transforms fraternity house into a haunted spectacle

By Ben Gagnon
810-452-2661 • bgagnon@mihomepaper.com

FLUSHING —The Sigma Chi Fraternity house on Main Street has once again been transformed into a haunted mansion for the community to enjoy.

This weekend, the Sigma Chi Zeta Theta B chapter will be opening its doors to the public for its 46th Annual Haunted House benefit. The spookiness runs tomorrow from 8-11 p.m. and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Visitors will encounter several fresh features to the attraction this year, including new room concepts and a reconfigured route through the house. There are also three different “scare” levels, each accommodating different age groups.

Zack Moore, president of the Sigma Chi chapter, said that the haunted mansion benefit has been a long-standing tradition for the fraternity.

“We were looking into ideas to involve our community around us with our philanthropy efforts in a fun way,” he said. “With Halloween being perfect timing and our house being one of our best resources, the idea of a haunted house seemed pretty obvious.”

Moore said that every Sigma Chi chapter across the country is in charge of raising money for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. The fraternity’s goal is to raise $11 million in seven years and at least $2 million in 2019.

Zeta Theta B, which is a Kettering University Sigma Chi chapter, has its own mark of reaching $200,000 in funds raised this year. The fraternity’s key fundraisers include the haunted house, Derby Days and the Huntsman Golf Outing.

Moore, a senior who is participating in his fourth haunted house, said that he appreciates the camaraderie that develops within the chapter as they organize the event.

“My favorite part of the event is the ability for all the brothers to come together Thursday night when we have school the next day and turn the whole house into a haunted house,” the mechanical engineering major said. “Without the work of every brother pitching in, there would be no way that we would be able to make this event so successful.”

All ages are welcome to tour the haunted house and enjoy cider and doughnuts around a bonfire. Halloween treats and baked goods will also be available for purchase. The admission price is $10 per person or $7 if a group has four or more people.

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