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VIDEO: Haunted asylum brings the scares

Krista Brooks, Staff Writer

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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.

 


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