October is the month for Halloween events and the University of Oklahoma’s Union Programming Board (UPB) is participating by hosting the annual event, Haunt the Union. However, this year the UPB is going bigger than ever by creating an app with OU’s Game Developer’s Association (GDA), who has created a few games and apps according to their website, to create an interactive element to the haunted house.
This is the fifth year the UPB is hosting this event. They needed to find ways to make this year’s event more unique for students to enjoy. They’re utilizing more space of the Union, having multiple paths you can take for different experiences and they’re creating this web app with the GDA. This app will be used throughout the giant haunted house and will make this event stand out.
Sally Johnson, the executive director for the Haunt the Union event, got the idea of how the app will work from the Netflix series, Black Mirror. The GDA then made her idea come to life.
“You enter a room and we have these things throughout the house called decisions and the participants have to make a decision in that room, so that will be entered into the app. The app is working with the house to create this interactive element,” Johnson said.
The UPB transforms the Student Union into a giant haunted house for this event. Johnson explained that in past years they never had an interactive element like an app before for this event. The UPB has never created an app for an event before and Johnson can see the UPB utilizing this source for future events.
Johnson believes the student turnout for this event will be very high, considering they have already booked many pre-register spots and they have not released the link to the public yet. She thinks that this app will bring in more students and has the potential to bring more students in for future events.