And then I wonder why in the heck do I think I want to go to a haunted house!?!? I don't even like people sitting behind me in a staff meeting so self inflicting pretend horror shouldn't be appealing.
The most incredible haunted house experience I have had was in Salem, Massachusetts. The site of the Salem Witch Trials, Salem goes all out for Halloween. One year, right after college, a group of friends and I spent a frightening evening touring haunted houses. Up until that point, my experience with them was Disneyland's Haunted House "ride" and the local parks & rec kid-friendly versions in the neighborhood where I grew up. Neither prepared me for Salem.
Salem is hardcore. I've seriously never been so afraid it my life. The actors (is that what you call them) jump out at you from the front, from the side, and worst of all FROM BEHIND! While that is plenty scary, they also get THIS close to you. The plus about the whole thing is that they are not allowed to touch you, but instead they pretend they're going to touch (or attack) you, which is almost worse. It's truly horrifying. And it's not just A haunted house. We roamed the city streets going from one haunted house to the next. By the end of the night with a house or two left to go I relegated myself to holding onto the waist of the person in front of me, face buried in the hood of his jacket, screaming bloody freaking murder. It was exhausting.
I was not aware of this until I saw the video, but Ellen Degeneres (from The Ellen Show) sends one of her writers to a scary haunted house every Halloween. There are 4-5 years worth of videos on YouTube and they are fantastic. As someone who scares easily, I can identify with Amy the writer but they still made me laugh out loud. How do the "actors" not burst out laughing?
This is one from last year...
Why do we do this to ourselves and call it fun?!?! And who wants to go with me?!?!