Princesses, vampires and zombie doctors — not something you’d expect in the halls of a medical and health professions school. But that’s exactly what 600 children found inside Lewis Hall this week.

It was part of the annual Haunted Hallway event led by EVMS students. Launched in 2005, it is the school’s longest-running community-outreach event.

Each year, EVMS students plan educational games, gather candy and decorate the entire first floor with cobwebs, spiders and spooky lighting. When the doors open, students from nearby elementary schools rush in and squeal with delight. They get to trick or treat safely, enjoy arts and crafts, play games and more. In one section, children were able to learn the basics of CPR in exchange for a piece of candy or two.

Jennifer Land, parent of a participating child, is thankful for the opportunity. “I think it’s a great way to keep everyone safe and have a good time,” she says.

Joann Bautti, Assistant Director of Student Affairs, says that is exactly why this event is so successful. “The main reason we do this is so that children can have a fun, educational and safe place to celebrate Halloween. They love it and we love it, too.”

See more photos from the event.