North Pole HS seniors put on haunted asylum at NP Fire Department

Published: Oct. 27, 2023 at 9:30 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - North Pole is where the spirit of Christmas lives year-round, but this weekend, a group of local high schoolers are bringing a dose of Halloween spirit to the community.

On Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, a training facility at the North Pole Fire Station will serve as a house of scares, courtesy of students at North Pole High School.

“I think you should be prepared,” said Senior Cions Wilson-McMillan. ”I play as a doctor who has decided to make an experiment; that experiment being a man with a zebra head.”

A group of around 40 seniors have worked for the last two or three weeks to transform the building into a multi-room Halloween event for the community.

According to Senior Jordan Ponder, “Me and my friends, we’ve been out here building this thing with a lot of other people we got to meet on the way, so it’s always pretty fun.”

Patients, mad doctors and experiments are on full display at the asylum-themed event. “I am a patient who freaks out on the doctor when everyone walks in,” Ponder said.

The haunted house acts as a fundraiser for the senior class, with proceeds used to fund the prom, as well as Senior Ball and Grad Bash.

In addition to this fundraiser, Senior Class Advisor Elizabeth Tobin said, “We’ve done boo grams, where the kids can buy a little treat and send a note to a friend during class. Those’ll go out next week. They’ve made senior shirts.”

It is the first time the North Pole Fire Department and the seniors have collaborated on a haunted house.

Some of the funds raised during the year also go toward causes in the community and the incoming freshman class.

From acting to design, construction to makeup, students have pitched in their unique talents to bring this project to life. “They get so into the acting and into makeup,” said Tobin.

For some, this is their first time doing a haunted house like this. “I decided to sign up as soon as I saw the advertisement because I’ve wanted to do one my whole life,” Wilson-McMillan said. “It has been absolutely amazing. I’ve been loving the construction. The construction was absolutely wondrous. I enjoyed the whole creation, and I generally love being able to act in it.”

More information about the event can be found here.