Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-10-311
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v&Se msp is V ' 'TT L'js ''px O Wv-i"frHv-. i - A J U a V! n -rTTtrsTN J L (0 c Tradition brings family together By Natalie Cutler news editor The Signpost While most college students will spend Halloween attending various parties, watching scary movies, visiting local haunted houses and maybe even trick-or-treating, Sain and Scott Fronk will be celebrating Halloween in quite a different way. This Friday after attending their classes at Weber State University, Sain, junior, and Scott, . freshman, will rush home to assist their family in setting up their annual haunted house in their North Ogden backyard. "We set up as much as we can beforehand stuff that the wind won't blow away or that won't get ruined by the weather but we all spend the entire day on Halloween setting up the rest," Sain said. "We all take off work and everything else to work on the haunted house." The Fronk family Scott Sr., Karen, Rhett, Melissa, Josh, Aly, Scott, Sain, Michael and Bronte began their haunted house over ten years ago with simple designs in the front yard, and since then this simple family tradition has grown considerably. "Last year we kept a tally for the first time and it got up to almost 400 people," Sain said. Each year it grows, Scott said. Everyone in the family has a. different part to play, from watching the line outside to scaring people inside; but his older siblings, Rhett, Josh and Aly are usually the leaders. "It all started when our brother and sister, Josh and Aly, tried to coax people to come to our house," Scott said. When first starting the haunted house, the Franks lived in a neighborhood with fewer houses and the children would get discouraged when no one came to trick-or-treat. Now Karen and Melissa offer candy to people entering the haunted house but can't promise candy to everyone because they most likely will run out. This year young children will also receive lighted glow sticks along with candy when entering the haunted house. See Students page 3 I'M ' ' ' : 1 y - i - The Fronks have scared many for years. By Tracy L. Chartier sr. news reporter The Signpost Days are getting shorter, lurking with the nostalgic scent of burning leaves and the anticipated holiday for spooks, scares and haunted houses. Halloween, one of the oldest holidays, is a time when people get the itch to search out ghoulish creatures and scary ghosts. Haunted houses pop up everywhere claiming to deliver the best scare; and on occasion, these locations are not staged haunted houses. Sometimes the buildings, some say, are truly haunted houses. According to Merry Barrentine, a paranormal expert with Utah Paranormal Exploration and Research mal activity haunts Ogden Horror-filled holiday has haunted humans for centuries "Well, I can only tell you what I think personally: When you die and your spirit goes elsewhere, where is elsewhere? Elsewhere could be right here. Merry Barrentine Utah paranormal expert people often ask the questions "Why do ghosts exist?" and "Why are houses haunted?" "People think, well, they have unfinished business, or they are people who just got stuck between here and there," Barrentine said. "Well, I can only tell you what I think personally: When you die and your spirit goes elsewhere, where is elsewhere? Elsewhere could be right here. Why does it have to be someplace else? Maybe it is another dimension, another plane." See Ogden page 3 s 1. t 1 1 I 4-' y . vv A . i. H - i'UV'V' ifk . fit" I Ghosts, goblins, ghouls and other scary characters roam Lagoon in Farmington, Utah. The amusement park becomes haunted each year, in October. Monsters terrorize Lagoon By Debbie Farka correspondent The Signpost Halloween is here, and for college students, it can be a challenge to figure out which party to attend or which haunted attraction to go to this year. Frightmares at Lagoon is a haunted version of the traditional amusement park that many students spend their summers roaming. "The park is completely transformed for the Frightmares promotion," said Dick Andrew, Lagoon's marketing executive vice president. When guests walk through the gate, the first things they see are gardens transformed into graveyards. Spider webs decorate the buildings, See Lagoon page 1 1 By Jeremy Romero correspondent The Signpost On a day filled with ghouls, ghosts, tricks and treats, Halloween is a holiday that appeals to people of all ages and walks of life, and is celebrated by many who do not know its origin. "All I know is I got candy for free when I was a kid," said Andy Sheffield, Weber State University junior. "Who cares where it came from? As 1 got older, I didn't dress up any longer, but I still wenttrick-or-treating and got my candy. I really think it's a holiday for all to enjoy." To some, however, it was not always such an enjoyable holiday. Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic fire festival known as Samhain (SOW'-in). This Pagan festival honors the dead. The feast served to symbolize the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. The feast was also used to scare off spirits that were believed to visit that night. Costumes were created in the forms of goblins, witches and ghosts and worn on Samhain to get rid of evil, unwanted spirits. It was on this night as well that trick-or-treating originated and found some being tricked more than they were being treated. Evil spirits were believed to play destructive pranks on the living. The living felt if they left treats out for the spirits, they would not be tricked. As time passed, children and teens began doing the tricking themselves and often removed the hinges from farmers' gates and moved livestock from one field to another, as well as other mischievous acts. While some may know the origin of these I lalloween traditions, one aspect oi l lalloween that few people are informed about is the use of thejack-o-lantern. The jack-o-lantern, used today to decorate porches and homes, was once used as a means for guiding spirits. One such spirit was Jack. Jack was believed to be an Irish villain who was not allowed into heaven or hell, but rather was doomed to roam the earth searching for his final resting place. Originally, children carved potatoes and turnips and placed a lighted candle inside them to help guide Jack on his endless wander ing, when the tradition of Halloween was brought to America, pumpkins were substituted for potatoes and turnips because they were easier to carve and were much more abundant. "I never would have thought that was the original intention for having jack-o-lanterns," said Trent Heath, WSU junior. "I just used to enjoy carving them and making wicked, cool designs." As much fun as it is to design a nice pumpkin and proudly display it, pumpkins are more often the victims of tricks than treats, and are often found smashed on neighborhood streets and sidewalks. Whatever Halloween traditions WSU students participate in, or whatever knowledge students may have on the true origins of Halloween, understanding the origin of the holiday and why it is celebrated may add a little more fun to the Halloween experience, as well as make it a little more frightening. "As you grow up, Halloween tends to lose its scary appeal. But knowing where it came from and why, helps to keep the holiday fun and a bit more frightful," Heath said. "It brings out the kid in you if even only for a night." You can leave a niossctge for correspondent Jeremy Romero by call-ing 626-76ri5.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2003-10-31, Vol. 66, No. 36|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|