Community Invited to ‘Haunting on the Hill’ Oct. 28-29 at Rogers State University

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Rogers State University will become Rogers State Boo-niversity this Halloween when several campus and student organizations come together for the annual Haunting on the Hill, coming Oct. 28-29 to the University’s Claremore campus. 

“Haunting on the Hill has been a long-standing tradition here on the Hill,” said Katie Anderson, student activities coordinator. “Last year, we had such a great attendance – 300 people in one night – that we decided to expand it to two nights this year.”  

Haunting on the Hill activities include one night of Trunk or Treat and two nights of a haunted house.  

“The haunted house will be located in the historic Preparatory Hall on campus,” Anderson said. “Participants will start in the basement through our haunted asylum, up to the carnival of horrors, ascending to the topmost and darkest floor, and then ending with a haunting elevator ride to the exit. It takes about 15 minutes to travel through the haunted house.”  

Presented by RSU Student Affairs and the Campus Activities Team (CAT), the haunted house is not recommended for small children, but it is family-friendly entertainment for most ages.  

Admission into the haunted house is free, and this event will be open from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and again during the same hours Saturday, Oct. 29.  

Also happening Saturday night will be a Trunk or Treat event, taking place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center parking lot, near RSU’s south entrance. Admission is free and both events are open to the public.  

“This is the second year that the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be hosting Trunk or Treat,” said Mariana Flores, graduate assistant for student-athlete development and wellness. “Like other trunk or treat events, there will be different booths, although some organizations will be using parked car trunks while others use tables. Each booth will have different games for the kids to complete and they will have candy for the kids.” 

Awards for outstanding booths will be given based on the decoration/presentation of each booth, with first place winning $100, second place receiving $50 and third place earning $25.  

Working with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on Trunk or Treat will be the Student Government Association (SGA), which will also bring inflatables, such as a bounce house, for kids to enjoy. 

“As successful as Haunting on the Hill was last year, we’re hopeful that this year is even more successful,” Anderson said. “We hope everyone comes for a night of fun and frights at RSU’s Haunting on the Hill.” 

Registration to host a booth at Trunk or Treat is due by Friday, Oct. 21. To register for Trunk or Treat or for more information about Haunting on the Hill, visit