Monday through Friday, Oct. 24–28
Join us as we go on an adventure throughout the week filled with frights and delights. The WMU student-focused events kick off with thrilling Hocus Pocus themed Escape Rooms. At the end of the week, the fest continues with evening activities that include Ghosts of Kalamazoo Tours and an outdoor movie screening. Don't forget to venture - if you dare - through the Haunted Food Forest! Spooky attire and homemade costumes are encouraged!
EVENING FESTIVITIES: Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27–28
Registration for the following events are for WMU students, staff, faculty and their guests aged 18 or older. Under 18 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Ghoulish Gathering: 6 to 8 p.m.
Stop by and hang out with our team! We will have a variety of activities including; yard games, apple cider press demonstrations, music, pumpkin carving and decorating, a photo-booth and a costume contest! The winner(s) will receive our EcoEssenials grab bag and a mystery gift. Refreshments will be provided.
Outdoor Film: 8 to 9:45 p.m.
Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, snacks and your wits as we watch a frightful film. Stay tuned for updates on the film we pick!
Haunted Food Forest: 8 to 10 p.m.
Greetings traveler, enter the Haunted Food Forest if you dare. It is a realm in which terrifying spirits come to life and torture the living. We are so sure you will be scared that we are requiring all guests to sign a waiver before entering the realm. The Haunted Food Forest will be sure to give your nightmare's nightmares so bring a friend with nerves of steel. Each trip is limited to 4 travelers at a time.
This portion of Haunted Gibbs Fest requires pre-registration! Additional registration, as described below, is required for the Escape Rooms and the Ghosts of Kalamazoo Tours. Upon arrival, please stop by our check-in table to complete the wavier to participate in any of the activities. Bring your Bronco ID!
Additional information is provided below about event cost, accessibility information and parking.
Escape Rooms: Monday through Friday, Oct. 24–28
Registration is for WMU students only.
The Office for Sustainability, the Office of Student Engagement, and the Student Professional Readiness Series (SPuRS) invites WMU students to participate in a Haunted House Escape Room experience at the Gibbs House during the week. Registration is required using the link provided below. Each time slot is limited to 6 people per session.
You are only allowed to sign-up for 1
spot per experience to allow all students a chance to participate. Monday through Wednesday,
you should be able to park right at the Gibbs House
. Thursday and Friday
, parking will be in Lot P7
near WMU Soccer Fields. Please be sure to arrive a few minutes early to participate. You may need to add travel time to allow for parking and walking to the facility. The experience will start on time.
Hocus Pocus Theme
“You and your friends are locked in the old Sanderson house. You need to escape the house before sunrise or you will be trapped forever. Will you be able to find your way out? Or will you suffer a fate worse than Thackary Binks? Beware, the witches have placed a spell on the house, you may have to perform magic to avoid the witches and escape.”
Ghosts of Kalamazoo Tours: THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, OCT. 27–28
Registration is for WMU students only.
"Modeled after the ghost tours found in big cities all over the country, the Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour hopes to provide history with a twist — delivering the weird, the haunted, and the historic stories found throughout Kalamazoo." – JCI Kalamazoo
Registration is required using the links provided below. Each time slot is limited to 6 people per tour. You are only allowed to sign-up for 1 spot to allow all students a chance to participate. Tickets are $5 for students day of via cash or card. Tours will leave every 20 minutes starting at 6 p.m. from our East Field gate and will last 30 minutes with the last tour leaving at 7:40 p.m. Stop by our check-in table first and we will direct you to the East Field gate. Please be sure to arrive a few minutes early to participate. You may need to add travel time to allow for parking and walking to the facility. The experience will start on time.
Event Cost: Free *except for the Ghosts of Kalamazoo Tours
Accessibility Information and General Questions:
Please call our office for further details at (269) 387-0943 or email email@example.com
Parking is available in the WMU Soccer Field Lot at Parkview Campus, Lot P7. Parking Directions
From there, follow the signs leading to the Gibbs House. The voyage takes approximately 5 minutes through a parking lot, sidewalk and grass. Carpooling is highly encouraged and appreciated. DO NOT PARK AT GIBBS HOUSE. Please connect with our team if you would like to reserve an accessible parking space for the event.
Acknowledgments: We would like to thank the Office of Student Engagement, Student Professional Readiness Series (SPuRS), the Office of Student Transitions, CAB, WMU's Department of Theatre, and JCI Kalamazoo for partnering and collaborating with us on this adventure.