Freaky Friday: Emporia State University

I came across numerous stories of flickering lights, unexplained noises and mysterious figures while researching this week’s Freaky Friday tale. Read on for the spookiest stories from Emporia State University.

Albert Taylor Hall

Emporia’s largest auditorium, Albert Taylor Hall plays host to concerts, speakers and public events and is also home to a well-known campus legend. Many students have reportedly seen an unidentified hooded figure in the auditorium. The most chilling story was recounted in Spotlight from an article originally printed in the student newspaper the Bulletin.

A student had forgotten his backpack in the auditorium and went to retrieve it when everyone else had gone home. He spotted the motionless figure at the back of the stage as he made his way to the front of the auditorium and the next time he looked up, only seconds later, the figure had moved to the front of the stage. As he grabbed his bag and turned to leave, he chanced one last glance back toward the stage and to his astonishment, the figure had silently moved off the stage and in front of the orchestra. Scene shop manager Kyle Land, who recounted this story to the Bulletin, said the jump would have been “over the 10-foot deep orchestra pit from a standstill – an impossible jump.” There was no documentation on Emporia’s website about what happened after the jump, but we are willing to bet the student didn’t stick around long enough to find out!

Bruder Theatre

The tunnels beneath the Karl C. Bruder Theatre proved the perfect hiding spot for a prank-seeking student. Concealed underground, the student set traps in the theater consisting of wires and cans to alert him when someone was in the room above him. Those who set off the trap went on to report seeing shadowy figures in the theater, not knowing they had been set up. According to the housing coordinator at the time, Bill Hartman, the student was eventually caught and confessed to the prank.

Do you know of other mysterious accounts from Emporia State University? Does your school have an even more creepy tale? Share your stories with us in the comments below.

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