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"Virginia law says we can't touch people who come through, so it will depend on how easily you get scared," third-year Engineering student Jay Sherman said of the fright factor Brown College's annual haunted hill will instill in its guests. "But there will be things that make you jump."

Hauntings on the Hill 2000, Brown College's signature fall event, returns Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to midnight on Monroe Hill. The theme this year is based on WIlliam Castle's book "Husse on Haunted Hill." Voluntary victims will tour the simulated psycho-ward and enter an imaginary world where tortured spirits loom.

A Brown College governance board assigns residents as directors who choose the theme and actors for each room throughout the ward. Monroe Hill features several haunts this year, such as an electroshock therapy room with voltage arcs that precede a spinning isolation chamber.

"It's a production," Sherman said.

In its 14th year, the haunted hill serves as a fundraiser for groups such as the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Compiled by Josie Roberts

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