The Ketchikan High School Rotary Interact Club volunteered at the Haunted Mansion last Saturday and Sunday at the Coast Guard base in town. Rotary members helped guide visitors through the haunted house, supervised the bounce house and face-painted kids faces.
Volunteers signed up on Saturday for the 1:00-4:00 p.m. shift where the haunted house was geared more toward a younger audience, and the 6:00-9:00 p.m. shift to transform the building into a scarier experience for an older audience. Rotary members also reported back to the Coast Guard the following day for clean-up of the event.
Club president, Emma Campbell talked on her positive experiences as an officer and regular member of Rotary throughout her high school years.
“Volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences I have in my life and especially when it’s a community event, such as the Haunted Mansion,” Campbell said. “Our club focuses on making the school, community, and world a better place. It’s always a really cool experience seeing families and kids having fun. And it’s amazing to be able to talk to people in the community about Rotary Interact and what we do.”
The Coast Guard has been hosting the Haunted Mansion as an annual community event. Rotary has been volunteering at this event for four years and are planning on keeping the tradition going for many years to come.
Sophomore and club officer, Jodee Paule said helping with the Haunted Mansion was a beneficial experience for her.
“It was a good feeling to be able to help with the event and seeing that kids and parents, as well as the volunteers were having a good time. It was a big success. Knowing that I was helping with an event that will benefit people was awesome.”
As an entrance fee, visitors were asked to donate canned foods or pay what they can. The canned food and cash donations went to the PATH Homeless Shelter and Love In Action, which are both nonprofit organizations.