Students haunt house for a good cause

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Posted: Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Posted on Oct 21, 2013

Rotaract Club hopes to scare up customers

The Rotaract Club of CSU Monterey Bay wants to scare you.

good_one_for_webAbout 30 of the club’s members have volunteered to help at the Castle of the Dead Haunted House in Salinas this Halloween season.

The haunted house promises 6,000 square feet of one scary encounter after another, with the CSUMB contingent doing its part as actors, makeup artists and costumers.

Rotaract is a service club for men and women ages 18 to 30 and is modeled on Rotary International. Its motto: “service above self.”

According to club president Charn Singh, a junior biology major, Rotaract brings together college students for the purpose of humanitarian service, networking, building goodwill and promoting peace around the world.

Said Singh: “One thing that makes our club unique is that we’re not university-based; instead, we’re community-based. Students from Monterey Peninsula College, Hartnell College, Monterey Institute of International Studies and the Defense Language Institute can join, and we have several members from each of those institutions.”

Castle of the Dead benefits Sun Streets Centers’ STEPS – Safe Teens Empowerment Program – and Salinas Girls Fastpitch.

“Our club wanted to volunteer for this event because we love making a difference in our community in any way we can,” Singh said. “We wanted to support the two amazing nonprofit organizations that host the event.”

Sun Street Centers works to prevent alcohol and drug addiction by offering education, prevention, treatment and recovery to individuals and families regardless of income.

Salinas Girls Fastpitch aims to have its players compete at the highest level possible and to prepare for play at the university level.

 Gabriela Rosas volunteered at last year’s event and plans to do it again this year.

“Volunteering at the Haunted House was a unique and amazing experience. I was able to scare people and have lots of fun with my peers,” Rosas said.

“Not only did I volunteer as an actor, but I was given the opportunity to become a part of something bigger, being able to fund-raise money for a great cause. I enjoyed volunteering last year, and I can’t wait to be a part of the Haunted House this year. I am super excited!”      

The house will be haunted by Edgar Allen Poe, his wife Lenore, and, of course The Raven. (Nevermore!)

More than 100 volunteers from Salinas area schools will join the Rotaract Club members in staffing the house. Visitors will go from a haunted forest to Poe’s library to the Castle kitchen and beyond for spooky tales, hair-raising chills and a maze filled with creatures of all kinds.

The house will be held “haunted” Oct. 26-31 at 185 Maryal Drive in Salinas. Hours are:
• Oct. 26 – 4-10 p.m.
• Oct. 27 – 4-9 p.m.
• Oct. 28-31 – 7-10 p.m.

The CSUMB contingent will be there on Oct. 26.

Tickets are $10 and are available from Singh via e-mail at

Posted by Joan Weiner on Oct 21, 2013 photos show CSUMB students who volunteered at last year’s Castle of the Dead