If You Dare: Do's and Don't of Visiting Haunted Houses
With Halloween right around the corner, haunted houses and mazes have popped up all around the country for those who love the thrill of a good scare. Thousands show up to these places to enjoy a good scare, or laugh, from all sorts of monsters and creatures. And while some of these mazes have gotten really good about being scary, at the end of the day, they're just run by everyday people. Before heading off to a haunted house, remember to keep these dos and don'ts in mind.
DO go with a group of friends. Whether or not you actually find haunted houses scary, it's always more fun to go in a group. Why? You either get to have a good laugh watching your friends get scared, or you can use them as shields if you're the one getting scared.
DON’T drink too much water. Yes, water is good for you but the brain can have trouble controlling bodily functions when it perceives danger i.e. when you’re scared. Going to a haunted house with a full bladder might not be the best idea. Maybe just drink the water after you’ve gone through the experience to help calm your nerves.
DO eat before you go. Having too much water might not be a good idea but you don't want to go on an empty stomach. The adrenaline from getting scared mixed in with the stuffy, confusing atmosphere of horror houses can send your body into a downward spiral that could lead to weakness, dizziness, or even passing out. And you know your friends will never let you live it down if you pass out from being scared.
DON’T hit anyone. Sometimes it's completely instinctual to hit or lash out at whatever is scaring you. That might be great for real life dangerous situations but not so great for the actors at haunted mazes whose job is literally to scare you. If your friends or family always get rewarded with a bloody nose when they scare you, maybe stick to just watching horror movies.
DO wear comfortable clothes. Now is not the time to come dressed to the nines. For one, haunted houses are dark meaning no one will even see what you're wearing. And secondly, you're going to be doing a lot of walking and possibly running when you go through the house. If you're going to be scared, might as well be comfortable.
DON’T get drunk before you go. Most haunted houses refrain from allowing alcohol on the property, and for good reason. Drinking doesn't go well with the experience which involves dark, disorienting paths. It's tempting to use alcohol to ease the nerves beforehand but it's best to wait until afterwards.
DO scream as loud as you want. Well, that's kind of the point of haunted houses. If there's ever a time to just let it all go, it's at one of these. Just don't schedule any major presentations or singing auditions for the next day.
DON’T visit abandoned buildings. Maybe haunted houses don't feel authentic enough for you and you want to experience something more real by visiting actual creepy abandoned locations. The fact that these buildings are abandoned means they aren't being maintained and are potentially full of weak and unsafe infrastructure that could cause you a lot of physical harm. If that's not enough to convince you not to go, we’ll cite any horror movie ever that features a group of friends visiting creepy abandoned buildings. You really want to risk it?