Scaring Up Donations for the Local Food Bank: A Terrifying, Titillating Ridenbaugh Haunted House Experience, Oct. 17

Thursday, October 1 2009

Written by Donna Emert 

MOSCOW, Idaho – Great Halloween events offer the best of both worlds. The Ridenbaugh Haunted House experience is one of those, providing kids and their parents a titillating brush with the spirit world, and an up-close look at one of the nation’s historic landmarks.

This best-of-both-worlds scenario has another valuable facet: admission to Ridenbaugh Haunted House is simply a donation of one or more cans of food. All donations go to the Moscow Food Bank; someone's good scare provides someone else’s healthy meal. That seems right for a harvest ritual.

Ridenbaugh Hall will be open from 7-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, for children 12 and under, meeting children’s need for the spooky, eerie and inexplicable early in the Halloween season – before kids can implode. This tour of the haunted halls provides a mild fright, designed for the young and timid, culminating in a carnival that includes games, treats and a cakewalk.

From 8-10 p.m. that day, the halls become more terrifying, with an experience appropriate for teens and adults. Ridenbaugh is located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Blake Avenue and Nez Perce Drive in Moscow, on the University of Idaho campus.

Built in 1907, Ridenbaugh Hall is listed on National Register of Historic Places. It was first a women's dormitory and site of domestic science classes, then in 1927 was converted to a men's dormitory. Currently in use as music practice rooms, it also houses the Art and Architecture gallery. Rumor has it that the upper stories of Ridenbaugh Hall are occupied by spirits.

Ridenbaugh Haunted House is a community service project benefitting Moscow Food Bank. The event was established more than 10 years ago through the collaborative efforts of music students at the University of Idaho, spearheaded by student members of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, the Music Educator's National Conference and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a men's music fraternity.

For additional information, contact Susan Billin, University of Idaho instructor of organ, at (208) 885-5737 or Billin is adviser to the Sigma Zeta College Chapter of SAI at Idaho. Questions may also be direct to senior music student and Phi Mu Alpha fraternity member Paul Taylor at (208) 596-3095 or
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit