Looking for a fright this Friday evening? Search no further. Cornerstone Center for the Arts will host a college student night at the center’s newest haunted attraction, Son of Scarevania, Friday, Oct. 14.
Although Son of Scarevania is open throughout the month of October, Friday will be a special evening for Ball State students.
For just $20, students will be able to visit Son of Scarevania, as well as Cornerstone’s original haunt, Scarevania. There will also be free transportation provided by the Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS). Buses will pick up students at various locations across campus and in the Village, and will have drop-offs at both Scarevania and Son of Scarevania.
Situated on the third floor of Cornerstone’s historic downtown building, Son of Scarevania is a 10,000-square foot maze with spooky twists and turns around every corner. Once inside, attendees will experience everything from dark forests with creepy creatures to a horrifying hospital with insane patients.
The haunt was designed by Brian Blair, a well-known name in the horror business. Since graduating from Ball State University with a degree in fine arts, Blair has gone on to excel in the haunt industry. He is best known for his talent of creating terrifying masks and props with his own horror company, Pumpkin Pulp.
Blair has produced various creepy pieces for celebrities, collectors and business owners from all over the globe and even had one of his terrifying props featured in the "Hellraiser" film series.
Ten years earlier, Blair ventured to Muncie to design Scarevania, Cornerstone’s original haunted attraction. Cornerstone Center for the Arts was ecstatic that Blair decided to return this year to help create Son of Scarevania.
“What Brian is, first and foremost, is an artist,” said Jeff Robinson, Cornerstone’s director of community relations. “Everything in [Son of Scarevania] was all made by him, created by him and is all original.”
Blair was glad to return and design the new attraction.
“I’m a glutton for punishment,” joked Blair on deciding to create Son of Scarevania. “I could do twice the scare. With the space you have here [at Cornerstone], how could I say no?”
Many Ball State students have been volunteering their time to work as actors and actresses at Son of Scarevania.
“I had a blast. It was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done,” said Janell Barker, a junior speech pathology major.
Barker volunteered as an actress in the haunted house with her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi.
“It was a great decision to choose this place to get my community service hours in. The money raised also goes to a good cause, so I felt really good about helping them out,” she said.
However, students do not need to be affiliated with an organization if they want to volunteer.
Rachael Neinast, a sophomore theatrical studies major, decided to volunteer after learning that Cornerstone was looking for actors and actresses.
“My favorite part, by far, has been scaring the daylights out of all the customers,” Neinast said. “It’s a lot of fun if we can get them really freaked out.”
Like many of the Halloween events that Cornerstone puts on during the month of October, Son of Scarevania does help to raise money for the arts center. The funds will go toward providing free arts education classes to the community and preserving Cornerstone’s historic building.