Fun size thrills and chills return to the LMU William H. Hannon Library this weekend for its seventh annual “Haunting of Hannon,” a campus tradition created in partnership with LMU’s nationally-ranked Theatre Arts program. This year’s theme, “Dead in the West,” will feature a host of spine-tingling tales inspired by the travel writings of Mark Twain, the life and times of Sarah Winchester and others.
“This is a great way to get into the spirit of the season while connecting theatre arts with the magic of our library and its resources,” said Neno Pervan, LMU Assistant Professor of Acting and director of this year’s spookfest. “The haunt theme we choose always relates to the subject of the library’s fall exhibition, which currently is “Roughing It: How Mark Twain Made the West.”
With Twain and Winchester as your guides, Neno says guests will journey through nine interactive tales, including Twain’s “Slade,” H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Transition of Juan Romero” and “The Haunted Doll House” from “Haunted Houses of California.”
Sound like your bag of tricks (and treats)? Tours kick off tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, with the last rotation departing at 11:00 p.m. Guests can sign-up 30 minutes prior to the first tour at the designated table on Level 3 of the library.
Alternatively, kid-friendly tours will run Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., featuring trips into such classics as “Bunnicula,” Dr. Seuss’ “What Was I Scared Of?” and Twain’s “Cemetery Girls,” among others.
“Our monsters and ghosts don’t jump out and yell boo—there are no chainsaws or clowns,” Kevin Wetmore, Chair of the Theatre Arts department, said. “Instead, we pull you in with a story and tell you that you cannot see it, but there is something just behind you…”
Admission is free and open to all. 🦇