- Holidays and Celebrations»
How to Get Through a Haunted House When You're Scared
A Real Haunted HouseClick thumbnail to view full-size
My First Haunted House Experience
Hunting for a Haunted House
Ever since I was a kid, haunted houses (real or not) just freak me out. Knowing that there might be an evil presence, or that somebody is actually trying to scare me on purpose, brings a chill down my spine. Whether it's a ghost, an evil spirit or even possibly an unidentifiable, unexplainable monster, I just don't want any part of it.
Needless to say, certain friends of mine feel much differently about haunted houses than I do. In fact, they even went as far as to hunt down a haunted house that was somewhat close to where we lived...
...and then they found one.
There's a Story Behind Every Haunted House
The haunted house they found was located about a half hour from where we lived. We rode our bikes there since the four of us were to young to own a car, let alone, obtain a driver's license. It took some convincing to get me to go along (and some serious peer pressure), but like always, with them making me feel like some kind of a wuss, I ended up going right along with them.
One of my friends said that the story behind this haunted house was a typical one. Somebody killed their entire family before taking their own life. In this case, it was the mother who killed her husband and her three children. Supposedly, she was under the impression that her family was trying to kill her, so instead, she killed them. According to the note she left behind, it was God who told her what her family had planned to do to her. No proof of this story was ever produced, but I believed it...for the time being.
How to Get Through a Haunted House when You're Scared
There are the Things to do to Get Through a "Man-Made" Haunted House
Whether the haunted house is man-made or for real, there are things you can do to get through a haunted house. You must remember two things when entering a haunted house. First, if the haunted house is "man-made", keep in mind that this haunted house is intended to scare you.
If you honestly believe in ghosts and goblins, or even the Great Pumpkin for that matter, I suggest you don't enter a man-made haunted house. However, if you find that it's unavoidable and you must go through with it here's a few things I found very helpful:
- Don't wear bright clothing. This only draws attention to you and will only make those who are participating in the man made haunted house to go after you. If you're wearing dark clothing, it's easier to blend into the shadows.
- Don't be a screamer. This you might find rather difficult, and NOT to humiliate all you brave women, but this goes out especially to most of you.
But for those men...well, you're going to have to deal with that on your own! Screaming only encourages those participating in trying to scare you to try and scare you even more.
- Don't run! As much as you might feel it being necessary, don't run. You may injure yourself or someone else. If you need to leave the haunted house, turn around and announce that you would like to leave.
- Put yourself in the middle. When you're going through a man-made haunted house, try and put yourself in the middle of everybody. Yeah, it might be a cowardly way but hey...it works.
There are Things to do to Get Through a "Real" Haunted House
First of all, if you are about to enter a haunted house that has a reputation of being a real haunted house, you might want to think twice about it. But we both know you're going to go through with it anyway, so here are a few things you can do so you'll be able to exit a real haunted house with your life:
- Carry a crucifix. Yes, I know, it's so cliche to carry a crucifix when you feel you're about to enter an area where evil spirits may be present; just like in the movies. Actually, carrying a crucifix only works if you're Christian (supposedly), but it does make sense...doesn't it?
Note: Carrying a a small vial of Holy water wouldn't hurt either, it might be going over the top a little bit, but hey, is it better to have Holy water and Not need it, or need Holy water and NOT have it?
Think about it.
- Do some research. Get the facts; true facts. All the information you gather on a specific haunted house is important, even the rumors. Getting true, documented facts is what's most important. Just remember, people are more likely to exaggerate a haunted house story if they feel it's just not scary enough.
- Never go alone. You need somebody to watch your back at all times. No more flying solo. It's better to have as many extra pairs of eyes & ears with you to ensure your safety and it increases your chances of getting out of a real haunted house unharmed or even better - alive.