Day Eleven: Haunted Houses
As a kid, I used to love haunted houses. Well, at least the idea of haunted houses. All of my friends would always go to the Wiard’s Orchard Haunted Barn around this time of year and I would go with them I talked a big game, but ultimately, I was nervous about going into the attraction. Aren’t most people? I found myself turning into a cocky jerk to make it through. If I spent my time making fun of all the spooks in the haunted house, it would be okay. Sure, there were times when they legitimately got me, but I don’t like to surrender control, so I spent most of my time through the haunted house trying to predict the scares. Doing this made it less scary.
As I got older, I realized that I didn’t really have a good reason to go to haunted houses. I could control my exposure and environment more with books and movies, so I gravitated more and more towards horror flicks and novels and less towards haunted attractions.
Since I’ve been with my wife (dated and marriage), I think we’ve only been to two haunted houses together and one of them was filled with her schoolmates as the spooks – so the scares were non-existent with that one.
I wouldn’t mind checking out a haunted corn maze or haunted hayride though – that way I have a little more control and less scare exposure. Does that defeat the purpose though?
So, my question to you is this: what is it about haunted houses that intrigue you? Do you like them or not?
I’m on the fence with them, but I’d prefer a good scary movie over a trip through a haunted house any day. I think it could be fun to be one of the spooks though.
If you’re not 100% convinced that haunted houses are bad news, check this Flickr stream out –