How to Survive a Haunted House

Haunted houses are fun and a great way to spend time with your friends or family. However, some haunted houses can be just a little too scary, and a little too suspenseful. So if you're wondering how you can get through a haunted house without running out halfway through, then this is the article for you.


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    Determine whether you really want to do this. If you're somebody who gets easily scared in horror movies/themes, then you may just end up getting badly scared and not enjoying yourself at all. So check that you definitely want to do this. It's okay not to--it doesn't mean that you're a "chicken". You just didn't want to do it.
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    Go with someone close to you. Go with somebody you're comfortable around and are especially close to. That way, when/if you get scared, you can hold onto each other. Plus, things don't seem as scary when you've got a friendly face by your side.
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    Go in a group. Things can be scarier when it's just two or three people--you feel more helpless. Try going with a group of at least four--things will be more fun and it won't be as scary.
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    Stay close to reality. If you start to get really scared and are regretting going in, then calm down and remind yourself that this isn't real. Tell yourself that it's just pretend, and that it's provided for your enjoyment. Another good method is thinking about what will happen when you get out of the haunted house--driving home, going to the park, lunch, etc.
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    Enjoy yourself. Don't run around totally freaked out and screaming. Calm down, and enjoy everything--the suspense, the effects, etc. Remember that the only reason the haunted house exists is so that people can have a fun time. So let yourself get spooked--enjoy it!
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    Plan something afterwards. Plan something that's as not scary as possible, whether it be shopping, hanging out with friends/family, or going to a restaurant. Try to make it so that you're surrounded by people and don't have too much time to start thinking about the haunted house again.


  • Go to the toilet before you go to the haunted house -- or you may have a small disaster.
  • Always remember that its not real. If you are getting scared, just imagine one of the characters taking off their mask, washing off their makeup, and going home, as a normal person.
  • It's good to have yourself surrounded by people. Be in the middle of two people. Hold someone's hand. DO NOT stand in the very front; people will come out and scare you first. DO NOT stand in the very back; people will come up to the person in the back and scare them, causing them to run. STAY IN THE MIDDLE!
  • If you get scared easily, avoid going with someone younger than you. They may rely on you not to let them get too scared, and that won't improve your fear at all.
  • If you find yourself regretful of going to the haunted house, it is good to remember you are not a prisoner in the haunted house, you can leave whenever you want. Most haunted houses have a policy that if a patron says, "OK stop, I want to leave," or some permutation thereof, the actors are required to break character and escort you out. Also, at most places, if you have a whistle they will probably break character for you. But just please only use it as a last resort.
  • Avoid eating before going to a haunted house. If you do, give your stomach some time to digest it.
  • It might help to go with somebody who doesn't get scared easily. If you go with somebody who screams and wets their pants within the first few seconds, you may end up feeling more scared--whereas having a calm person next to you may help.
  • If you are easily frightened, use quick escape routes from the suspense. For example, avoid looking through any shady corridors or behind doors. This is where most actors are hidden.
  • It's okay to skip the haunted house. People may call you a wimp, but it's better than being terrified and unhappy.
  • When you are the first one to go down a really dark corridor or into another room, just do it.
  • Watch scary movies or do scary stuff before you go because this will help you get in the mood.
  • All haunted houses are different, know the policies.


  • Never mangle any actors that come for you. Though tempting, you should prevent yourself from socking any ghouls in the nose. You could end up expelled from use of the haunted house, or, even worse, a lawsuit. While it is understandable that you may want to defend yourself, this does not excuse lashing out physically.
  • Don't ever force somebody to go with you. If they don't want to go, then that's their choice. Accept it.

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