This Halloween, Frater Sodalis cebrated 30 nights of fright with their haunted house “The Island Lost in Time.”
For 30 years, the men’s social club, Frats, has hosted a haunted house in the fall as a fundraiser for the club.
Wesley Racca, the fundraiser for Frats, said the Bermuda Triangle inspired this year’s theme.
“It’s a place where anything could happen and everything could be there,” said Racca, senior Christian ministry and youth and family major from Odessa.
The haunted house added an 80-foot-long bridge and made the tour longer with different routes from last year, Racca said.
Racca said after hosting the house at Play Faire Park two years ago, they were able to return to the land on the east side of loop 322 they had previously used.
“We came into contact with the landlords, and we made a deal with them and were able to come back,” Racca said. “This year however, they sold the land. The new landlord is excited about working with us in the future.”
Racca said 40 percent of the proceeds will go to the landowners. Frats will use their profit to help with club dues, the end-of-the-year trip and formals.
“We also donate a monetary gift,” Racca said. “Last year we gave $500 to the Anabel Reid Memorial Fund. This year we’re not sure where we’re giving it, but we’re looking for a way to help out our community.”
Club members began preparations for the haunted house in August by clearing the land and then started creating the experience at the beginning of October.
“Frats are just a bunch of good guys who want to entertain people and help everyone have fun,” Racca said. “We’re excited about doing it and continuing to do it for many more years.”
During this year’s haunted house, Garrett Lane, sophomore youth and family ministry major from Fresno, posed as a clown and a man about to be executed.
“I got the chance to dress up, wear a mask and scare people,” Lane said. “Who wouldn’t want that?”
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