Hauntingly good fun will soon pierce the campus night as the fraternity FIJI prepares for its annual haunted house event known as Fright Night.
Phi Gamma Delta, commonly referred to by its nickname FIJI, has hosted Fright Night since 1996. This year’s event will go from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday on Fountain Mall.
“Once you enter that side of Fountain Mall, the side closer to Moody, you’ll know you’re in Fright Night territory,” Fort Worth senior and philanthropy chair Clark Parr said about the annual event.
The fraternity will stream the Baylor football game against West Virginia on a large movie screen projector Thursday night, and classic Halloween films “Hocus Pocus” and “Halloweentown” will entertain students while they wait in line for the haunted house on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. FIJI will also provide a photo booth so attendees can capture their Fright Night experience.
FIJI members have been promoting the event since the start of the week by posting flyers around campus and by selling T-shirts. Short-sleeved shirts are selling for $10 and long-sleeves for $15, with proceeds going toward the fraternity’s national philanthropy United Service Organizations. FIJI members will also be selling them at the event. As an incentive, anyone who buys a T-shirt and wears it at Fright Night will get to skip the line for the haunted house attraction.
Students can participate in Fright Night free of admission while snacking on churros and ice cream from local food truck Churros’ Time. Around 1,500 students attended last year, and as many as 2,000 are expected to show up this weekend. Among those showing up this year is a 20-ft. inflatable version of Mr. Puft, the Marshmallow Man seen in the popular Ghostbusters franchise.