Halloween is a time of year when all the ghosts, goblins and ghouls come out to play, and haunted houses are abundant. Some find haunted houses increasingly pleasant, while others find them terrifying. Regardless of which one you are and whether you are being dragged to the haunted house by your friends or you are the one doing the dragging, here are five tips that will help ensure that you come out on the other side looking like the bravest person ever – or at least alive!
Tip #1: Don't Forget That It Isn't Real
Haunted houses can seem very real, but they aren't. The "monsters" in them are fake. They are real people – just like you – that have a lot of makeup or a freaky mask on. Try to remember that it is just a mask, or that it is just a person behind all that makeup. And, hey, don't forget that if the tables were turned they could be just as scared as you are! You never know that may be why they signed up to be in the haunted house.
Tip #2: Be Strategic About the Friends You Take
You never want to go to a haunted house alone, especially if you are scared. However, you want to take careful consideration as to which friends you take with you. For example, you don't want to take your short, 5'2" friend with you because they aren't going to be able to do much in terms of protecting you. Instead, you want to focus on the friends that are taller and bigger than you so that they can be your human shield.
Tip #3: Try to Play Along
Sometimes when you are really scared playing along with the actors in the haunted house can calm your anxiety a bit. For example, as you are going through the attraction, some of the actors may ask you if you want to play. Don't act scared and run off. Instead, say something like, "Sure, what did you have in mind?" More often than not, this could catch them off guard. Another time you can play along is if there is someone with a chainsaw, which won't have a real chain on it, and they touch your leg with it; you could fall down to the ground and act like you are hurt. Things like this may make you feel a little bit better about the entire situation.
Tip #4: Just Have Fun
The most important thing for you to do is to try to let loose and have fun. Yes, it may be hard at first because you are frightened, but it will get a little easier as you start going through the haunted house and realize that it isn't as bad as you thought that it would be. If it is as scary as you imagined and you don't think that you can take anymore, let someone know. All haunted houses have exits throughout the attraction and they will escort you out immediately upon request. However, just so know that sometimes it is good to get a little scared every once in a while!
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