October 20, 2017
The video this week shows mining engineering students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) turning the S&T Experimental Mine in Rolla into a Haunted Mine for Halloween 2017. Mining engineering students from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; the Society of Women in Mining; the International Society of Explosives Engineers; the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association; the Mine Rescue Team; the Mine Design Team; and the Mucking Teams have been working hard on the 20th anniversary event, which began in 1997 and has become the department’s largest fundraiser.
“This year we’re taking all the things we found lackluster in the past, such as lack of noise and non-cohesive themes, and transforming them,” says Paige Cochran, a senior in mining engineering from Dardenne Prairie, Mo., and captain of the Missouri S&T Woman’s Mucking Team, the Missouri S&T reports. “This means we have specific areas set-up to be of similar idea to hopefully create a more terrifying experience. There will be noises this year to fill some of the dead space, letting people’s imaginations run wild.”
The Haunted Mine opens today, October 20, from 6-11 p.m. and will also be open on October 21, 27, 28, and 31. Tickets are $15 for adults; $13 for S&T students. military veterans with valid IDs, and children under 10. A $3 discount will be given everyone who brings three canned goods to donate to the Russell House shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. each day, a $5 walk-through is available for those with a low scare threshold who would prefer to experience the mine with the lights on.
A commemorative 20th anniversary Haunted Mine T-shirt will be available for $12. For more information about the Haunted Mine, call 573-341-6406.
Enjoy the video below, and if you’re in the area, go check it out and send us pictures.