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Marshall Rec Center hosts 'Haunted Rec,' dive-in movie

Oct. 21, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Halloween is coming up and the Marshall University Rec Center is looking to celebrate it in a big way.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the rec center will be hosting its fourth annual "Haunted Rec" event for children ages 13 and under. For Marshall students the center will be hosting a "Dive-In" movie night Monday, Oct. 29.

The Haunted Rec will kick off at 6 p.m. and continue through 8 p.m. It will be open to the general public. A variety of educational and entertaining activities are planned including a haunted house, a marathon race and an obstacle course. A nutrition expert will be on hand for the "Eat This, Not That" challenge. Guests can also come in and vote on the rec center's pumpkin carving contests. Children are encouraged to wear costumes, but they will not be necessary. Refreshments will be provided. There is no cost.

As a special event, participants can get instructions for performing Michael Jackon's "Thriller" dance. That event will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

"We started planning about a month ago. We are trying to get the word out that this is going on," said Michele Muth, assistant director of marketing and memberships at the Campus Recreation Center. "Unfortunately last year the weather kept the event from being as big a success as it could be. We are holding this a week before trick-or-treating so people will get an extra chance to show off their costumes. We're also going to have a backdrop and we will be taking pictures of all the kids here and sending pictures to the parents."

The Rec Center is partnering with the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional's Committee to encourage children to be active through the state's "Healthy Kids, Healthy West Virginia" initiative. The initiative was started by a group called Generation West Virginia.

"This is the second year the Young Professional's Committee has been involved in the "Healthy Kids, Healthy West Virginia" imitative," said Charles Shumaker, chair of the Young Professionals Committee. "YPC is one of more than a dozen groups across the state trying to engage their communities trying to make them better places to work and live. Last year was our first year working with the Rec Center. The Haunted Rec event was part of an effort to include a community project to encourage healthier lifestyles for families and children. We are providing volunteer support and marketing support for the event. We also have two schools, Geneva Kent Elementary and Salt Rock Elementary, that have come on board the Healthy Kids, Healthy West Virginia initiative and will be hosting their own events. We invite everyone with school age children to join us."

Marshall students will have their own chance for some Halloween fun at the "dive-in" movie on Oct. 29. The recreation center will be hosting a poolside screening of "The Woman In Black." Based on a novel by Sudan Hill, the film was the first theatrical release from Hammer Films in nearly 40 years. The British studio had produced many classic horror films like "The Curse of Frankenstein" and "The Brides of Dracula."

Set in Edwardian England, the film stars Daniel Radcliff as a lawyer who travels to a remote village and discovers that a vengeful ghost is terrorizing people. The film is rated PG-13 for some disturbing imagery. The event is open to all students and begins at 9 p.m. All students are advised to bring a towel and appropriate swimwear.