Oct 28, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterA frightening array of ghouls, ghosts and goblins roamed the hallways of the Central Wyoming College Robert A. Peck Arts Center on Friday, practicing their moans and wails before the first-ever Trail of Terror Halloween tour on campus.
Resurrected zombies lounged on a couch, chatting with two cannibals whose faces were smeared with blood. The Phantom of the Opera laughed at a joke nearby, while down the hall Jason Voorhees from "Friday the 13th" got ready for a night of fun with Leatherface of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" fame.
"(We're) finally teaming up for some mayhem," drama student Pat Bergin said.
His words were muffled behind the hockey mask he wore as part of his Jason costume, which also incorporated a generous amount of fake blood. Bergin said his partner in fright would be wielding a "harmless chainsaw" when the duo jumped out to scare their tour victims.
"He'll be hiding behind a rock, and I'll be behind a tree," Bergin said. "We'll come out and chase them."
Tour guide Zedekiah Mills said it would be his job to keep people from running in fear.
"We'll reassure them," he said.
It was hard to imagine Mills as a calming figure, however. Half of his face had seemingly rotted away -- the desired effect according to makeup artist Cody Mock.
Trail of Terror
Outside, a line of people formed in the arts center parking lot. As they approached the entrance to the tour, they were greeted by a character called "Dr. Shmockenbock," played by outdoor education major Nathaniel Murdoch. He placed three covered bowls in front of the children in attendance and told them they were going to play a game.
"It's called 'guess what's inside,'" Murdoch said. "Eyeballs from a toad? Pus from a giant's face? Put your hand right in, what's inside?"
The bowls were filled with cut-up grapes and chunky soup, but the children had other ideas. One guessed he was touching "pumpkin brains" while another said it felt like her sister's puppy. When one said he thought it was rice, Murdoch wasn't satisfied.
"Rice... boiled in blood?" he asked.
Soon, Mills and his fellow tour guide -- Rustin Burr dressed as the Phantom of the Opera -- approached the group and told them it was time for their tour. The guides reminded the public that CWC is not responsible for any lost items or appendages, then headed toward the center of campus, where it was rumored that a banshee could be heard screaming through the night.
Just then, CWC graduate Molly Thornton let out a piercing yell from across the lawn, prompting one young tour-goer to ask his mom if she would carry him.
The group wandered through a haunted graveyard and narrowly avoided an attack by crazed circus clowns before their tour guides warned them about a lady werewolf lurking nearby.
"No sudden movements," Mills said, as the wolf lunged from behind a picnic bench.
When Jason and Leatherface leapt from their hiding spots, Mills urged his tour group to veer toward the statue of three people that stands between CWC's Main Hall and the arts center.
"Every now and then it's said they come to life," Mills said, shining his flashlight toward the sculpture. "It looks like you're in for a treat, folks."
Theater major Kim Baxter, dressed in a bronze-colored body suit, emerged from amid the metal figures, crawling toward the children who rushed quickly by, clinging to their parents.
The kids didn't get far before they were faced with another fright: A group of zombies started walking their way, groaning and moaning for human flesh.
"Hurry folks, hurry," Mills said, as the undead mass drew nearer. He rushed to the front of the tour line, escorting the group back toward the arts center parking lot, where he wished them a happy Halloween.
Theater director Mike Myers said his directing class developed the tour, while theater students and other volunteers did the acting. CWC's student activities group provided hot chocolate and cookies for families waiting in the parking lot with Dr. Shmockenbock.
The tour was free, with donations going to the Tough enough Cancer Fund in honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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