3 Tips for Surviving a Haunted House
October 07, 2011
Haunted Houses are a part of Halloween. Heck, they are often a part of life. If you head to an amusement park at any time of year, you're likely to find at least one attraction designed to scare you silly!
But not everyone enjoys the jolts and frights that come from Haunted Houses, even if it is Halloween. So for the brave few out there who find themselves stepping into the unknown whether they like it or not, here are some helpful hints about Haunted Houses.
3 Helpful Haunted House Tips
1. Stay in the middle of the pack
If you're a little scared to be heading in to the haunted house, you're probably going in with a group. And this group probably has (at least) 1 male who is touting his bravery and boldly leading everyone through the dark twists and turns. The only problem is, the people who are lying in wait to jump out at you, know this. So they aren't going to jump at the first person.
Okay, so it's best to stay at the very back, right? Whatever happens will surely happen to everyone else in front of you. Nope. With no one behind you, you are an ideal victim for monsters.
The answer: stay in the middle. With someone in front and someone behind your odds of receiving a direct spook attack are much smaller. That doesn't mean you won't get one at all, just that you have good odds.
BONUS TIP: The bigger your group, the less likely you are to be singled out.
2. Remember to breathe
You know how scary movies have moments where someone is shown creeping up to a door and there is very little music which is gently building to the moment the person must open that door? All of that is designed to prime you. Whether there is a monster or a good guy behind the door, you'll have some sort of jolt. Avoid being 'primed' for a fright by remembering to breath as you go through the haunted house. If you are holding your breath and tensing up, it will only make you all the more succeptible to impending spook strikes.
BONUS TIP: Keeping your breathing regular is also helpful after you receive a big scare. Your body will be amped up, so calm yourself with slow and steady breaths.
Much like the final stage of dying, acceptance is something you have to reach when going into a haunted house. You have to accept that you will be scare, startled, jolted, jumped, and frightened by going in there. But that's not a bad thing! No matter what, you'll come out on the other side and you're likely to be laughing a little at what you just went through. So even if you don't like to be scared, if you're heading into a haunted house, just know that it's going to happen no matter what and that you will live through it!
BONUS TIP: The more haunted houses you go through, the easier it all gets. Embrace these fun events around Halloween and go to as many as you can. You'll be a pro before you know it!