Penn State/Wilkes-Barre to hold spooktacular events benefitting THON

October 11th, 2017 4:40 pm

LEHMAN TWP. — Join Penn State Wilkes-Barre the weekend before Halloween as it hosts two spooktacular events benefitting THON.

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is the largest student run philanthropy in the world. THON, a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer, has raised more than $147 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital since 1977. THON 2018 will take place from Feb. 16-18 at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center.

In anticipation of THON 2018, Penn State Wilkes-Barre students are inviting the local community to celebrate both the THON and Halloween spirit. The fourth annual Zombie 5K will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 on the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

Participants will have the choice to pre-register at a fee of $25 (includes free T) or register the day of the event $25. Zombie 5K t-shirts are available at an additional $10 fee. All will be followed throughout the course by “The Running Dead.” The course is both runner and walker friendly and does not have a time restriction. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire duration of the Zombie 5K. For more information and to register, visit (all characters must be typed and are case sensitive).

For those interested in receiving a scare at the historical Hayfield House, Penn State Wilkes-Barre students invite the community to join them for Haunted Hayfield. This event will be two nights only; Friday and Saturday, Oct 27 and 28, 7 to 11:00 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Enter at Student Commons. This is a guided event, age appropriate.

For more information, contact Rachel Olszewski, Strategic Communication Specialist, at 570-675-9269 or