I recently was invited to experience Fright Fest at Wild Waves Theme and Water Park in Federal Way, Washington. Today’s post is all about how to not be scared of haunted houses.
Now, being scared is kind of the point in attending any of these events. There is always that one friend who drags us to these when we are scared out of our minds. Side note, I am that friend.
I have been to quite a few of these events but hadn’t been back to Fright Fest in ages. It certainly brought back some flashbacks to my young-adult years. I wondered as a grown adult if experiencing it would be the same and yes, it pretty much was. Loads of screams and laughs.
So how can you get through a haunted house without being scared? As someone who literally uses laughter as a coping mechanism and has gotten through haunted house and mazes unscathed by scare actors, I have a few tips for those who want to hang out at these events without getting the bejeebers scared out of them.
How Not To Be Afraid of Haunted Houses
The Person in The Back is Not the First to Scare
I always laugh because every time I have gone into a haunted house, I am the one who is “sacrificed” to the back. People have watched too many scary movies. The person in the back is not always the first to get scared.
Usually, the scare actors are going to go for the person clinging behind the person in front of them. Also, you’re at the mercy of the person who is in the front so if they aren’t moving forward to get out of there, neither are you.
Have a Good Laugh
As I mentioned before, I tend to use laughter as a coping mechanism in just about every uncomfortable situation. Haunted Houses are no different. This tends to be my biggest tip for how not to be scared of haunted houses.
Scare actors tend to go for the person who is going to give them a good scream. If you’re too busy being amused by the situation, they tend to leave you alone. Just put a smile on, laugh, and keep moving.
Work Yourself Up to the Worst
If there are multiple haunted attractions at the event you are attending, start yourself off easy. Pick the one that you believe will least scare you. Working yourself up to the worst ensures that you don’t become so overly frightened that you leave after the first scare. A night of chills and thrills might leave you wiped out. No need to exhaust yourself too soon.
Keep an Eye Out
Don’t look down the entire time you are heading through the attraction. This might seem like a good idea but you’re more likely to be a target and caught off guard. If you look around, you can tend to get a pretty good idea of where the next scare is coming from.
Don’t Wear Clothing That Puts You in the Spotlight
Wearing light-colored clothing tends to make you a target. Especially since black lighting picks up on this type of color. Wear darker clothing so that you aren’t a shining beacon of “scare me, please”.
Don’t Take Swings at the Scare Actors
This is kind of obvious but do not touch the scare actors in any way. There is a pretty general rule of “don’t touch them, they won’t touch you”.
Just Keep Moving
As much as you want to cower in the corner and grasp onto one another for dear life, just keep moving. One of the things scare actors are there to do is to keep everyone moving through the creepy maze. If you stick around, their scare tactics will increase to get you moving again.
Don’t Shout Out Names
Once a scare actor has your name, they are going to use it against you. I’ve had it happen twice now where someone yelled out for me while going through the attraction and a scare actor said my name to creep me out. Now, I still laughed hysterically but it is creepy. Mum’s the word on giving out the names of those in your group.
If It Is Too Much, Hang Back
If things are getting way too intense, don’t be too shy to hang back. Let the group go while you wait outside. There is no shame in saying that enough is enough. You can still have a great time hanging out without getting the complete pants scared off you.
Keep Reminding Yourself That It Is All A Set
Just like we tell our kids, it is all fake. If you go in reminding yourself that it is all a set, it helps. Have fun with it but know that in the end, none of it is real.
Haunted Houses are a blast for those who are good with some scares. I still get nervous before attending these events, but I quickly realize that once I’m in there, it is just a bunch of hocus pocus. All in good fun.
Don’t let your imagination get to you and go enjoy a fun evening of Halloween treats with these tips on how to not be scared of haunted houses.