Seventh Dark Carnival hosts largest crowd yet


Members of The 8 South Band from Nashville, Tennessee, perform at Lindenwood University’s seventh annual Dark Carnival on Oct. 25.
Photo by Mitchell Kraus

Video by Michelle Sproat


More than 12,000 people showed up to Lindenwood’s seventh annual Dark Carnival Wednesday, the largest crowd in the festival’s history.

From goofy magicians to haunted hayrides, there was something for visitors of all ages. More than 80 booths with businesses like Fuzzy’s Tacos, GNC and 105.7 The Point, as well as various student organizations provided opportunities for candy, free food and fun prizes as well as activities like face-painting and crafting. The 8 South Band and Circus Kaput kept the air lively with their covers of modern hits and classic throwbacks.

This year, besides the two haunted houses set up in Irwin and Cobbs halls, the larger attractions featured a Humans vs. Zombies Nerf tag game organized by the Lindenwood Nerf Alliance, a blow-up obstacle course sponsored by Missouri National Guard, a haunted hayride organized Delta Zeta and Phi Delta Theta and an escape room at Parker Hall organized by Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Thousands of students and community members walked the streets of old campus last night, and whether costumed or not, visitors seemed to be fully immersed in the Halloween spirit.