Take a spooky stroll during Purdue’s History of Horror walking tour


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Halloween is not until Monday, but you can get a few scares on Friday night courtesy of Purdue University. Purdue Student Life will help put on a walking tour, highlighting some actual eerie events in Purdue’s past.

Kathy Dietz is the coordinator of Purdue’s History of Horror walking tour, and she said it’s a chance to learn some of the less well-known spooky stories to come out of Purdue’s campus.

The first stop along the tour is Heavilon Hall, and Dietz gave a little context as to why.

“A lot of people may not realize this, but Heavilon Hall [you see today] is not the original Heavilon Hall. This is not Heavilon Hall No. 1. [The original Heavilon Hall] is no longer here. I’m not going to tell you why it’s no longer here. You’ll have to come out tonight [Friday] to hear that,” said Dietz.

The tour will raise money for Purdue’s United Way chapter.

“Purdue’s United Way campaign works with an army of volunteers. [We have] over 200 volunteers on campus,” said Becky Hershey, director of Purdue United Way. “One of our unit is Student Life. We are using this creative event to raise awareness of United Way and raise financial support of the campaign. We are about 82 percent toward our goal of $770,000.”

If you would like to take the tour, it costs a $5 donation. It can either be bought at the door, online or by texting “FRIGHTNIGHT” to 41444.

Purdue’s History of Horror tour runs every half hour from 7-11 p.m. on Friday. The tour is one-hour long and has six stops. Tourgoers will walk approximately one mile. The tour is outside, so dress appropriately.

The tour will begin and end in the Stewart Center’s west foyer. You’re asked to wait there until the next available tour.

Dietz said parents should use their judgement when bringing young children because some of the true stories that will be told include fires, plane crashes and car wrecks.