Oct 302008
Authors: Jessica Cline

CSU students are volunteering for the eighth annual Nocturnal Nights Haunted House to raise funds to cure a 7-year-old leukemia patient and benefit the Wellington Fire Department.

The haunted house originally started eight years ago to raise money for the WFD cadet program.

The program is volunteer-based, and all profits go to the volunteer organizations. Props, which include a range of robots that operate by animatronics, are either donated or hand made.

“We make all of the props and the animatronics by ourselves with money out of our pockets,” said Derek Taylor, a CSU student involved in the project.

O’Malley and Taylor made almost all of the animatronics, doing extensive Internet research and experimentation.

“Our first animatronic was a sheet on a string that was run with two drills,” O’Malley said. “I have a background in robots, and just wanted to build robots so it was something we thought would be fun.”

The group wanted to make this year’s haunted house family oriented.

“We wanted to make it affordable for families to come and have a nice time,” said John Anthony, a sophomore restaurant and resort management major who is involved in the project. “We want kids to have a good time so they want to come back again and again.”

“It is a lot of fun volunteering, but it is also a lot of work. We spend all our extra time working here,” Anthony said. “But it’s for a really good cause, and I’m glad to help out.”

The haunted house is located off College and Horsetooth in the Albertsons parking lot. It is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $3 and all proceeds go to the Victims Response Team and other non-profit organizations.

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