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Hallowe’en insights into ghosts, spooky escape rooms and horror films

October 28, 2015

Hallowe’en insights into ghosts

On Hallowe’en Eve, SFU geography professor Paul Kingsbury is going on a ghost hunt. He’ll be accompanying local paranormal investigators who have been asked to investigate mysterious occurrences at a heritage building in an undisclosed location. It’s all part of a new, four-year research project to critically examine the growth of paranormal investigation cultures in B.C. and across North America.

Kingsbury can talk about how psychosocial relationships structure peoples’ practices, experiences and understanding of paranormal investigations into UFOs, ghosts and monsters such as Big Foot and Sasquatch.

Paul Kingsbury, professor of cultural geography, 604.765.6379,
*Kingsbury is available on Wednesday morning, but not Wednesday afternoon

Team dynamics of spooky escape rooms

Escape rooms, with their spooky themes of zombies and hauntings, are becoming popular around the world, and attracting corporate groups interested in building team morale. Can these rooms deliver such results?

Carman Neustaedter, a professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, conducted a study, funded by the Natural Sciences and Research Council, to see how people collaborate in these rooms. He can talk about the kinds of collaboration these rooms foster, and don’t foster. Plus, he has an idea for how these escape rooms could help long-distance couples’ relationships.

Carman Neustaedter, professor of human-computer interaction, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, 604.754.1191,
*Neustaedter is available Wednesday morning, but not Wednesday afternoon.

Why do we like to be scared by horror films?

What attracts us to horror films? Which are this year’s best? SFU’s horror film expert, English professor Paul Budra, has the answers. He can also talk about horror in Shakespeare’s time. 

Paul Budra, professor of English, 778.782.3121,