When Halloween rolls around, one of my favorite activities is going to haunted houses. In fact, I love anything that tries to scare me, including “haunted woods” and condemned prisons (those are always fun).
While the experience itself is great, watching other people there is almost as cool. I love seeing adult men freak out and teenage girls scream in terror.
If you’re going to a haunted house this year, then for the love of God, go through it with some dignity! You can be the one who looks cool. And, you just might even get a date out of it (if you play your cards right).
Below are our four tips to go visit a haunted house without looking stupid or awkward.
Remember It’s Fake
Have you seen any spiders the size of a car in real life? Me neither. A zombie? Your ugly gym teacher doesn’t count. All of the stuff in a haunted house is fake. Duh. Unless you’re clumsy and you trip, the props aren’t going to hurt you.
As you go through the house, remind yourself the whole thing is fake. Anything coming your way isn’t real. No haunted house operator wants you injured and suing them. So, you can get into the moment and have fun, but don’t ever get so freaked out you look dumb.
The truth is that these attractions appeal to the older parts of our brains, the parts that automatically pull your hand away if you touch something hot or that make you jump when someone jumps out in front of you. The good news is that the newer parts of our brains, which make logical decisions, can override the older parts. Make use of that logic.
View It Like A Video Game
Most people who play video games can do it without screaming or running to their parents. When you walk through a haunted house, view it as entering a fun fantasy. You’re seeing some awesome things, but instead of being on a television screen, they’re actually all around you.
If you understand that it’s not real, but it’s nonetheless cool and exciting, then you can actually get in a state of mind to enjoy it! In fact, there are a lot of cool props and themes at many haunted houses that people have put hours into creating. But, it’s hard to enjoy them if you’re hiding your face in the stranger next to you.
Laugh It Off
When I go through a haunted house, I’m typically laughing. It’s a mixture of “having fun” laughter and “this is so dumb” laughter. Look at some of the stuff in these haunted houses (zombie babies anyone?). It’s ridiculous! And, we typically laugh at ridiculous things, not run in fear of them. If you’re getting too scared, then take a deep breath, look around and think about how crazy the whole thing really is!
Be the Hero (Or Invite Him With You)
If you’re a guy, remember that lots of girls go to haunted houses even though they’re completely scared of them! If you can stay calm and laid back, then they may look to you for “protection.” And, that might involve holding onto you and not letting go. That’s not a bad thing, especially if they’re cute and fun! However, they won’t do this if you’re as scared as they are. So, be the hero. Be a man.
If you’re a girl, then invite your crush along with your group. Then, ignore tips one through three, scream a little (or a lot), and, when it gets scary, hold on tight! A real man will gladly help out a woman in crisis (even one they paid ten bucks for)!
These tips should help you go through a haunted house without looking like a total idiot. Oh, and maybe, just maybe get a date.