Fear Asylum welcomes students with free event

University program council provides limited free tickets to haunted house


Sam Schoenbauer

Fear Asylum is the highest-budgeted haunted attraction for mature audiences in the state.

Andrea Huete, Copy Editor (She/Her)

Are you into the Halloween spirit? If so, come get spooked at the Fear Asylum for free Oct. 21 from 7-10 p.m. at 216 West 6th Street.

University Program Council is partnering with Fear Asylum, Brookings’ resident haunted house, to provide free tickets to SDSU students who sign up for the event before Oct. 20.

Ainsley Bennett, a junior in communication studies, has worked for the University Program Council (UPC) as the recreation and travel coordinator since last spring. As the head coordinator, she successfully got UPC to get in contact with the well-known haunted house.

UPC purchased 75 tickets for students to attend the event Oct. 21 for free. The general admission is typically $25, so roughly $2,000 was spent, according to Bennett.

“It’s first come, first serve,” she said.

SDSU students who registered to obtain free tickets, should come by the information exchange desk at the Union by Oct. 20 at 5 p.m.  Any tickets not retreived will be given to other students on the waitlist.

Transportation will be available for students every half hour by the pay lot of the Union from 7-9:30 p.m.

Erin Carwright, a freshman double majoring in psychology and Spanish, plans to attend the Fear Asylum event, as she has a thing for haunted trails around Halloween time. She believes that it would be similar to a haunted house.

According to the South Dakota Haunted Houses, the Fear Asylum is the largest budget haunted attraction aimed towards mature teens and adults, as it’s themed after a mental institution. It’ll be a safe way to face your fears while responding to threats in a “fight-or-flight” response.

“I just hope everyone has a good time, as I think it’s gonna be fun,” Bennett said. “I love Halloween and the spooky season… (so be) prepared to be scared.”

Sofia Brewster, a freshman in animal science, mentions that she mostly likes to dress up and attend the event because she loves getting scared.

Brighton McBride, a freshman in agricultural communications, mentions that she isn’t up to the challenge as she doesn’t like to be scared. But she doesn’t mind the kids when they dress up and go trick or treating.

For those that miss the event, Fear Asylum is open from 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It will also be open from 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Oct. 27 and Oct. 31.