Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Are You Up For It?

Ever since I was a kid, I've been going through haunted houses. When I was eight, I finally convinced my dad to take me to one. As we were standing in line to buy our tickets, I chickened out and cried to go home.

"You begged me to take you here!" my dad said.

Alas, he took me home anyway.

I tried again the next year, and at nine years of age, I successfully went through my first set of haunted houses.

I was hooked.

Pretty much every year since, I've visited haunted houses during the Halloween season. I'm not big on Halloween parties (I'm not a fan of spending $100+ on a costume I'm only ever going to wear once) so this is my way of being in the Halloween spirit.

Last year, a friend told me about a haunted house that he heard about in New York. It's called Blackout. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter and you're required to sign a waiver.

I started obsessing over it.

What could possibly happen in there that you're required to sign a waiver before going in? And why the heck is it $65??

I found the rules:

You must be over 18.

Stay on the marked path at all times.

You will be prompted to do certain actions. Please do exactly as you're told. This is for your safety.

There is absolutely no speaking allowed inside. You can, however, scream as loud as you'd like.

Do not ever touch the actors.

Do not ever touch the walls.

You must wear a protective mask and carry a flashlight at all times. (We will provide both of these items for you. Please do not bring your own.)

If you have an emergency while walking through the house and need to be escorted out, please yell the word "SAFETY" as loud as you can. Stay where you are, remain calm, and someone will come to get you and bring you out. Once you call "SAFETY", there are no refunds and there are no options but to leave.

Please be aware, you will encounter:

I still needed to know more. I read as many internet spoilers as I could.

What I discovered was that this wasn't a normal haunted house. This was something nightmares are made of.

In past years, "survivors" (as they're so heroically referred to as), have experienced (besides the above) water boarding, other forms of suffocation, being subjected to a dirty, er.. tampon and a ton of other sadistic things, which most of you probably don't want to read about.

Would I be able to do this? Probably not. I have an intense fear of suffocation and even though I know that realistically, I'm not going to be hurt, I don't know if I could deal with the nightmares that would follow me after my experience.

However, there are a ton of people out there who have experienced this "show" and really enjoyed it.

This year, in Los Angeles, you can find an event dedicated to the movie, The Purge. In case you were wondering, The Purge: Fear the Night, was created by Jason Blum. You know, the guy who created Insidious, Paranormal Activity and Sinister. He teamed up with the creators of Blackout for this unique experience. Fortunately, this one, you don't have to go through alone.

As interesting as I find these experiences, I don't know if I'm brave enough to actually try them (plus, it'd be a bit expensive to me to fly to LA just to go to a haunted house).

For now, I'll have to stick to what I've got here. In case you were wondering, the scariest haunted house I've been through in Ontario was in Niagara Falls. It's called Nightmares Fear Factory. Inside is pitch black; you have to follow a tiny little red light to get through it and you never know what to expect. (Spoiler: the part that scared me the most was when the floor dropped a little as I was walking on it.)

For your entertainment, I shall leave you with a picture of Andrew and I in Nightmares (yes, they unexpectedly take your picture in there, which you can then buy) back in 2011.

I look so evil..

Would you try any of those haunted houses?


  1. Im a HUGE fan of haunted houses but there is no way i would be able to do this one lol sounds terrifying!

    Alisha @ The Alisha Nicole

  2. I haven't been through a haunted house in YEARS! There's absolutely no way I would ever go through one alone. F--- that! I won't even watch scary movies by myself and now that I live alone I will only watch them during daylight hours, hahaha.

  3. OMG that sounds absolutely terrifying, I could never do that! I'll stick to good old fashioned haunted houses thankyouverymuch.

  4. I love haunted houses too! I am such a baby whenever I go through them tho. I start panicking while I'm in line and even tho I've never chickened out I always think about turning around. Last year I went through one at an amusement park where they take your picture and I was running so fast that they only got the very back of the yellow hoodie I was wearing. There is no way I would survive the blackout haunted house you talked about!

  5. I went to Six Flags Haunted house once (its a theme park and they decorate for halloween and stuff) when I was in 7th grade. I only went to one of the houses and cried and wanted to leave. I was 13 lol I just really hate being startled! Its such a fail because people have a lot of fun at them! So i understand your 8 and 9 year old self.

  6. I am waayyy too wimpy for those haunted houses. When I was around 20 years old I went to one at Knotts Berry Farm and almost got in trouble for cursing out the monsters when they scared me. Whoops!

  7. My boyfriend and I have been obsessed with supernatural horror movies lately, so I feel like I would like a haunted house. Except maybe not the one you listed - sounds too intense for my liking! xo

  8. I'd be up for any Haunted House as long as I didn't have to do it alone. That, I couldn't do. By the way Andrew looks terrified, while you look like you have been torturing him for the past hour and loving every second of it! x

  9. Hahaha, oh my goodness I love that picture. You better have that framed and placed somewhere everyone can see! ;) I just went to my first haunted house last year! It was a lot of fun, and I'm definitely going again with my roommate this year. But as for that one in New York...NOPE!

  10. I am SUCH a wuss!!! The biggest wuss ever. My hubby always wants to watch scary movies with me.. and I just can't do it. I especially HATE Rob Zombie movies because they are soo disturbing. I will watch movies like Paranormal Activity.. I can handle that kind of scary.
    That haunted house in New York sounds AWFUL. I would NEVER be able to do it. I can hardly do little kiddy haunted houses..! You are so brave! lol

  11. OMG after I read this I had to go search blackout spoilers to see what it was all about....and I am in shock! It's so creepy and morbid! I am such a chicken I could never even do a regular haunted house...let alone one where naked people tie you up!!

  12. I refuse to go in that haunted house in Niagara Falls!


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