“It’s something that my family and I have always had a tradition doing, so I wanted to bring it to Eagle Hill to hopefully start a tradition here.”
Luke Blumencranz ’21 had a vision for a project that is set to race some hearts, bring some scares, and more importantly, bring the Eagle Hill and local community together for some Halloween fun.
Positioned so it will be open and available for the Hardwick, MA and general EHS community during Family Weekend (October 24-26), Luke and his crew has been hard at work building an elaborate and exciting haunted house just in time to kick off the holiday season.
“Families are always looking for something fun to do during this time of year, and if I can provide something entertaining for while parents are visiting their students, and the entire local community can enjoy, that is exciting for me to be able to do.”
Transforming the black box Kresge Theater in the Cultural Center at Eagle Hill, Luke, along with advisor and long-time faculty member Mike Richard, have incorporated several learning features into this project that has allowed a good handful of students to participate. From the working with a design course here at Eagle Hill, as well as five volunteer student actors, Luke has solicited the help of seven other students in helping to actually build the haunted house, along with three faculty members.
“It’s definitely a group effort,” said Blumencranz. “The Haunted House is going to be eight full size rooms, with a creepy theme of an old woman who haunts children. It is sure to cause some excitement for anyone who wants to take a walk through.”
Luke has always been interested in design as a potential career, and in working on this project at Eagle Hill, it has allowed him to learn with a fully hands-on, immersive opportunity that he knows he will be proud of.
“It was a long journey to get there, to be honest. I had to write a petition essay and conduct feasibility studies and costs on the project, but I’m happy the school allowed me the opportunity to pursue this as an interest of mine. I’m looking forward to having everyone come through.”