Posts tagged ‘Halloween’

November 19, 2012

Southern California has many options for celebrating Halloween

By Krista Brooks

Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – The Daily 49er

For the young generation in Southern California, Halloween isn’t just a one night celebration; it is spread out for a couple of weeks. From decorating the home to choosing the perfect costume, the occasion is fun for many.

There are a wide range of fall festivities to participate in, harvest festivals, haunted mazes, special showings of horror movies in theatres and trick-or-treating spotlight the wide range of characters and costumes. Last year, the psychology department set up a haunted asylum attraction on campus. This year they will follow up with a zombie-filled department.

Off-campus, theme parks like Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood transform into scary attractions filled with horror. This is meant for a particular audience that is into Halloween for the fright.

For another audience, dancing is the plan for this season. Halloween is one of the holidays where the rave scene goes all out. Spring break events don’t necessarily celebrate Easter, and summer raves aren’t particularly thrown for a holiday event.  Many Electronic Dance Music (EDM) lovers follow these raves around California as if they were following a band’s tour. Whether it be in March or August, these committed music lovers dress up in something different than their everyday clothing.

Sounds a lot like our annual Halloween traditions, huh? EDM enthusiasts go all out for festivals throughout the year but go the extra mile to stand out for this particular holiday. Going to a rave that is not Halloween-themed may not look any different than college parties. This season is for those dedicated attendees to show off their best rave outfits.

Southern California is a hot spot for these music festivals where people come from around the state to attend. Escape from Wonderland is held in San Bernadino at the NOS Events Center. To decipher the event from other festivals, there will be mazes, horror art installations and three haunted houses. This event attracts EDM lovers as well as horror lovers.

In Los Angeles, there is HARD Haunted Mansion’s Day of the Dead. This festival is focused more on the Dia de losMuertos side of Halloween and not about glitzy and flashy glamour. This event is held Nov. 3, the Saturday after Halloween.

Monster Massive was once a very popular Halloween rave until 2010 when 40 people were arrested and 16 were hospitalized. The following year, the event was cancelled last minute, but thankfully most were reimbursed for tickets. This year, the event is the same day as Escape from Wonderland, at Downtown Los Angeles Center Studios.

Whether it be trick-or-treating or raving, be safe this Halloween. EDM enthusiasts, you’ve had plenty of practice dressing up don’t fall short on the day it counts.

Krista Brooks is a junior journalism major and the assistant opinions editor for the Daily 49er.

November 1, 2011

Universal Studios’ EyeGore Award Show + Horror Night Opening

Reported By Krista Brooks, Videographer Julian Cabrera

Online Sept. 29, 2011 – Beach News


Julian Cabrera, Krista Brooks, Brittany Woolsey, Hoai Nguyen

Actor Derek Mears (Jason in Freddy vs. Jason)

Actor/Producer Eli Roth (Hostel)

Actress Calico Cooper (Alice Cooper’s daughter)

October 29, 2011

Haunted asylum brings the scares

By Krista Brooks

Published Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 – The Daily 49er

In a low groaning voice, a mysterious creature in a robe with a candle in hand invited frightened groups through the Psychology building elevator to the asylum waiting room to anticipate the dark, narrow maze.

Cal State Long Beach’s Psychology Student Association (PSA) and International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi) created a haunted asylum fundraiser in the campus Psychology building Wednesday, with $3 minimum donations going to “4 Paws for Ability,” an organization that provides service dogs for the disabled.

Psi Chi President Kaitlyn House, a senior psychology major, started CSULB’s asylum with influences from other Psi Chi organizations in different states.

“Basically, the idea of the haunted house is that it is an insane asylum,” House said. “There’s a maze with different rooms with different aspects of old-time insane asylums.”

The adventure began in a waiting room, where the brave participants signed in and sat to watch a series of documentaries on psychiatry as an industry of death.

After the educational and frightening video, the anxiety grew as guests were directed down the hall to Room 332.

Welcomed by a student dressed as a doctor, guests entered in small groups.

The maze began with patients behind bars in solitary confinement, spooking and reaching out to guests for help.

The asylum then transitioned into a shock therapy room where a doctor encouraged participants to push a button to cure the patient in the chair.

The button triggered an electric shock, and illuminated the small room as the patient squirmed and screamed in agony.

The third room was designed to be an examination room that invited guests to actually become patients, as well.

Guests transitioned to the “chain room,” in which patients were held down on tables and beds by doctors and chains.

With a stellar strobe light and severe screams, guests were convinced this was the end — until the chainsaw’s engine revved.

The masked deranged doctor chased guests out of the asylum and screams filled the halls.

“The maze was so great,” said Jessica Garcia, a theatre arts major. “But I’m glad it’s over. I get frightened very easily.”

The haunted asylum scared guests from 5 to 10 p.m

October 29, 2011

Psych Asylum Preview

By Krista Brooks

Published on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 – The Daily 49er

The Psychology building will transform into a haunted scare zone with an asylum-themed haunted house on the third floor on Wednesday.

Cal State Long Beach’s Psychology Student Association (PSA) and International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi) collaborated to display the school’s first charitable Psych Asylum on Oct. 26, from 5 to 10 p.m.

The asylum will be in Room 332, beginning as a haunted maze that directs participants in and out of various rooms and hideaways.

With spooks and horror, the faux-asylum will set the mood for the upcoming Halloween and Dia de los Muertos holidays.

The attraction is open to anyone with a minimum $3 donation to 4 Paws for Ability, a nonprofit agency that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

Psi Chi President Kaitlyn House said the event would be scary, as well as a lot of fun.

“Depending on the outcome, we hope to make this event annual to have a yearly event in the fall,” House said.

The PSA and Psi Chi have held an annual Psych Day in the spring for almost 40 years.

As a warning to any students attending class at this time, House said the Psychology building quad will be swarming with ghouls and creatures ready to scare.

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