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After six years of building a haunted dormitory in Monson Hall, Colorado Mountain College astronomy professor Jimmy Westlake knows how to scare people.

The SKY Club's "Screamboat Chamber of Horror" is so scary, in fact, that 20 people turned back before they even got through the door.

What: SKY Club's "Screamboat Chamber of Horror" When: 6 to 10 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Sunday Where: Monson Hall on the Colorado Mountain College campus Tickets: Tickets are $5 at the door, and all proceeds go into the SKY Club's Endowed Science Scholarship Fund. Call: 870-4537 Visitors are taken through the haunted dormitory with a guide in groups of no more than 10 people. Groups depart every 10 minutes. Professor Jimmy Westlake suggests arriving early or late to minimize the wait.

The secret: "Allow people's imagination to play on their own natural fears," Westlake said.

The door of the haunted dormitory creaks open into the dark Tunnel of Doom. Visitors crawl through the tunnel, guided by the Grim Reaper.

"We don't do anything," Westlake said. "They are just crawling in the dark, expecting something to happen, and it's their own fear that scares them."

The "Screamboat Chamber of Horror" opened last weekend for two nights. At $5 at ticket, 149 people went through the haunted dormitory.

"And 140 people came out alive," Westlake said. "That's a pretty good percentage."

Haunted houses are a Halloween tradition, if a strange one. There is something people enjoy about the adrenaline rush of being scared out of their minds.

"I think it's like a dare," Westlake said. "I'll pay $5 and I dare you to scare me.

"But it's not just fright. We also have some laughs."

The members of SKY Club and Westlake's math and physics students spend a combined 200 hours putting together the costumes and props for their elaborate haunted dormitory.

"The kids who pull this off have given a lot of their time," Westlake said. "Instead of partying, these kids are trying to show the community a good time, while trying to raise money for a scholarship.

"This is the kind of student that makes up the bulk of CMC, and they are why I keep doing (this haunted house)."

When building the haunted house, the students try to keep rooms that were popular is the past, but they also add new rooms and surprises every year.

Mrs. Johnson returned from last year. Johnson is a "sweet little old English teacher" who taught in Monson Hall during the '60s and '70s. When she died, she returned to Monson where she spent her life. Though visitors have met her before, this year she has some surprises, Westlake said.

Bob and Dave, the students who died in a Monson Hall construction accident in 1966, also will return.

"They were so young when they died, they couldn't believe they were dead," Westlake said. Bob and Dave also have a few surprises even for the people who have met them before.

A new feature this year is Boris, the SKY Club's pet tarantula.

All the money raised from haunted dormitory ticket sales goes toward the SKY Club Science Scholarship. Last year, the event raised $3,500.

After five years of raising and saving money, the SKY Club reached its $10,000 goal. The money is now endowed and scholarships will be paid out of the interest earned without ever touching the principle.

The first science scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2005. Science and engineering majors who held a 3.3 GPA in high school are qualified to apply.

Until this year, the "Screamboat Chamber of Horror" was called the "Monson Chamber of Horror." The name was changed because this will be the last year the SKY Club will be able to haunt Monson Hall and wanted the community to get used to the new name. Next year's haunted house will be located somewhere in town. The group is looking for a new space.

"An old house or office building with lots of empty rooms would work," Westlake said. "We need to be able to haunt it for three or four weeks, including set-up."Autumn Phillips

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After six years of building a haunted dormitory in Monson Hall, Colorado Mountain College astronomy professor Jimmy Westlake knows how to scare people.

The SKY Club's "Screamboat Chamber of Horror" is so scary, in fact, that 20 people turned back before they even got through the door.

The secret: "Allow people's imagination to play on their own natural fears," Westlake said.

The door of the haunted dormitory creaks open into the dark Tunnel of Doom. Visitors crawl through the tunnel, guided by the Grim Reaper.

"We don't do anything," Westlake said. "They are just crawling in the dark, expecting something to happen, and it's their own fear that scares them."

The "Screamboat Chamber of Horror" opened last weekend for two nights. At $5 at ticket, 149 people went through the haunted dormitory.

"And 140 people came out alive," Westlake said. "That's a pretty good percentage."

Haunted houses are a Halloween tradition, if a strange one. There is something people enjoy about the adrenaline rush of being scared out of their minds.

"I think it's like a dare," Westlake said. "I'll pay $5 and I dare you to scare me.

"But it's not just fright. We also have some laughs."

The members of SKY Club and Westlake's math and physics students spend a combined 200 hours putting together the costumes and props for their elaborate haunted dormitory.

"The kids who pull this off have given a lot of their time," Westlake said. "Instead of partying, these kids are trying to show the community a good time, while trying to raise money for a scholarship.

"This is the kind of student that makes up the bulk of CMC, and they are why I keep doing (this haunted house)."

When building the haunted house, the students try to keep rooms that were popular is the past, but they also add new rooms and surprises every year.

Mrs. Johnson returned from last year. Johnson is a "sweet little old English teacher" who taught in Monson Hall during the '60s and '70s. When she died, she returned to Monson where she spent her life. Though visitors have met her before, this year she has some surprises, Westlake said.

Bob and Dave, the students who died in a Monson Hall construction accident in 1966, also will return.

"They were so young when they died, they couldn't believe they were dead," Westlake said. Bob and Dave also have a few surprises even for the people who have met them before.

A new feature this year is Boris, the SKY Club's pet tarantula.

All the money raised from haunted dormitory ticket sales goes toward the SKY Club Science Scholarship. Last year, the event raised $3,500.

After five years of raising and saving money, the SKY Club reached its $10,000 goal. The money is now endowed and scholarships will be paid out of the interest earned without ever touching the principle.

The first science scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2005. Science and engineering majors who held a 3.3 GPA in high school are qualified to apply.

Until this year, the "Screamboat Chamber of Horror" was called the "Monson Chamber of Horror." The name was changed because this will be the last year the SKY Club will be able to haunt Monson Hall and wanted the community to get used to the new name. Next year's haunted house will be located somewhere in town. The group is looking for a new space.

"An old house or office building with lots of empty rooms would work," Westlake said. "We need to be able to haunt it for three or four weeks, including set-up."

The SKY Club's "Screamboat Chamber of Horror" is so scary, in fact, that 20 people turned back before they even got through the door.

The secret: "Allow people's imagination to play on their own natural fears," Westlake said.

The door of the haunted dormitory creaks open into the dark Tunnel of Doom. Visitors crawl through the tunnel, guided by the Grim Reaper.

"We don't do anything," Westlake said. "They are just crawling in the dark, expecting something to happen, and it's their own fear that scares them."

The "Screamboat Chamber of Horror" opened last weekend for two nights. At $5 at ticket, 149 people went through the haunted dormitory.

"And 140 people came out alive," Westlake said. "That's a pretty good percentage."

Haunted houses are a Halloween tradition, if a strange one. There is something people enjoy about the adrenaline rush of being scared out of their minds.

"I think it's like a dare," Westlake said. "I'll pay $5 and I dare you to scare me.

"But it's not just fright. We also have some laughs."

The members of SKY Club and Westlake's math and physics students spend a combined 200 hours putting together the costumes and props for their elaborate haunted dormitory.

"The kids who pull this off have given a lot of their time," Westlake said. "Instead of partying, these kids are trying to show the community a good time, while trying to raise money for a scholarship.

"This is the kind of student that makes up the bulk of CMC, and they are why I keep doing (this haunted house)."

When building the haunted house, the students try to keep rooms that were popular is the past, but they also add new rooms and surprises every year.

Mrs. Johnson returned from last year. Johnson is a "sweet little old English teacher" who taught in Monson Hall during the '60s and '70s. When she died, she returned to Monson where she spent her life. Though visitors have met her before, this year she has some surprises, Westlake said.

Bob and Dave, the students who died in a Monson Hall construction accident in 1966, also will return.

"They were so young when they died, they couldn't believe they were dead," Westlake said. Bob and Dave also have a few surprises even for the people who have met them before.

A new feature this year is Boris, the SKY Club's pet tarantula.

All the money raised from haunted dormitory ticket sales goes toward the SKY Club Science Scholarship. Last year, the event raised $3,500.

After five years of raising and saving money, the SKY Club reached its $10,000 goal. The money is now endowed and scholarships will be paid out of the interest earned without ever touching the principle.

The first science scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2005. Science and engineering majors who held a 3.3 GPA in high school are qualified to apply.

Until this year, the "Screamboat Chamber of Horror" was called the "Monson Chamber of Horror." The name was changed because this will be the last year the SKY Club will be able to haunt Monson Hall and wanted the community to get used to the new name. Next year's haunted house will be located somewhere in town. The group is looking for a new space.

"An old house or office building with lots of empty rooms would work," Westlake said. "We need to be able to haunt it for three or four weeks, including set-up."

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