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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Haunted House Rules

I love haunted houses. If done correctly, not only are they good for a scare, but they add an atmospheric touch to the celebration of the holiday. However, there are a couple important rules to follow if you want to genuinely enjoy the spending of your $10. So, here they are:

1. Allow yourself to be scared. Without question, the first mistake haunted house rookies make is trying to act like they are macho man. (I am speaking to guys here). No one cares if you can go through the entire house without being scared. Why waste your money if that is your ultimate goal? Get into the moment, act like you are really there in that situation, and let yourself enjoy the house, scares and all. I almost always work my way to the front of the line in a house because I want to experience what the house has to offer.

2. Don't yell back at the workers. This drives me crazy to no end. In a desperate attempt to hide the fact that we might actually be a little uncomfortable, we will show everyone in the group with us how cool we are by yelling and screaming back at the workers throughout the haunted house. In my opinion, this is a wonderful way to discern the character of a person. Go through a haunted house with them and if they scream in the face of someone who is working the house, then immediately cut off all ties with that particular person. They are not worthy of your time.

3. Don't say the name of the person who you are with while in the house. Unless of course you want to get even with them for some reason. If you make the mistake of saying a name, then the workers will make sure that they haunt you with that name the rest of the house. Whispering over your shoulder your name, or hearing it screamed down the next hall. Haunted House workers are trained to listen for names, to make the experience more personal and terrifying.

4. Have fun! That is the point.


Anonymous rexwilder said...

It is amazing how many people fail to allow themselves to be drawn into the (scare, story, house, whatever). As you say, that is the point. If you want to prove how tough you are, take a line from my favorite Boston private eye (Spenser). Thug: "Let's go outside and we'll see how tough you are." Spenser: "You can find our right now, I'm tough enough not to go." But if you are going to go, enjoy it, be scared and let your friends be scared. I'm reminded of my trip to Universal with Barry, who enjoyed the Twister ride more than most because he was thinking about what he would do if that tornado was really coming at him and his family, etc. It doesn't add much enjoyment if you say, "hey, we're on a soundstage, that tornado is sorta cheesy."

October 28, 2005 12:58 PM  
Blogger The Beast said...

Yep, perfect example.

October 28, 2005 5:17 PM  
Blogger Nukapai said...

Hi. I surfed here through the "member surf" bar on BlogExplosion. Two things: Love your look (if the picture is, indeed, you)... and wow, what an interesting combination: heavy metal, horror movies and a pastor in training. Are you for real? :D I'll pop back sometime. :)

October 29, 2005 4:00 PM  
Blogger Barry said...

See? See?? I told you the ride was cool ;)

October 31, 2005 11:35 AM  

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