Next Haunt is a student organization at Next House at MIT which plans, builds, and runs a haunted escape room every year for Halloween. I was on the executive board for both the puzzle and build teams for two years. I was the first non-resident of Next House to ever join the executive board.
The Nightmare Before Christmas - Virtual Minecraft Haunt (2020)
The Nightmare Before Christmas Minecraft environment including hedge maze, curly mountain, cemetery, houses, fountain, etc. In the hedge maze puzzle, teams would be split up where some people were making their way through the hedge maze and other people could open gates to let their teammates through different parts of the maze (all while the people in the maze are being chased by zombies that could kill!)
The theme park environment. Guests would interact with the rides and beat carnival games to progress in the experience. I worked on some of the houses in the environment surrounding the theme park.
The Terror Beneath (2021)
Our two-story haunted escape room house built in the basement of Next House at MIT
Zombie actor in the first room
Inside of the first floor
Ladder that leads between thee first floor and attic
Inside of the attic
Instead of reusing old materials from previous years, we built the entire house again fresh with new wall panels. Here I am with build team putting together the wall panels
Me doing construction in the house
Wall construction in the house
Assembling and painting walls
Me spray painting foam cubes with symbols for the avalanche puzzle
Our first puzzle where guests used clues from the newspaper and posters to determine who the criminal was and what item was stolen from the mine (jewel)
When the lanterns were held up to the matches (sensors) around the room, the lanterns would light up
Initial test of the wall drop during the avalanche sequence
Crew in the back room watching the avalanche during the MIT administrators' run, including MIT President Rafael Reif!
Guests sorting through the foam rocks from the avalanche
The mine cart
During runs, the Next Haunt crew and I would sit in another room and watch camera footage of the guests inside of the house to monitor their progress and to know when to drop hints when guests got stuck
Acting as a zombie! I hid in mine carts, chased guests throughout the house, and knocked threateningly on the walls while I dropped off clues to guests! Here I am with one of Next Haunt's producers, Meghana Vemulapalli!
Acting as a mine guide! I introduced our group of administrators to the house, telling them the background story, instructions, and safety information!
MIT administrators after their run!
MIT administrators signing the totally full board of all guests from our 2021 runs!
MIT administrators with everyone that made MIT Next Haunt possible - executive board, builders, actors, volunteers.
Me with members of Next Haunt executive board and Next Haunt volunteers