Holidays, Theme Parks

Top 10 Things NOT To Do At A Haunted Attraction

Here’s a list of the top 10 things that you should NOT do when visiting a haunted attraction.  Doing these things instantly tells the scare-actors at the event that you are the LAMEST human on the planet.  It’s almost as great when you wear that I’m With Stupid shirt.

Top 10 Things Not To Do At A Haunted Attraction:

1 – Be the annoying first person of the group.  You know the one who has to point out every single scare thus ruining things for all the people behind them.  This is not cool.  Don’t do it.  It just makes you look like a tool.

2 – SCREAM in the scare-actor’s face in an attempt to scare them.  Umm…we get paid to scream at you for a whole month.  Do you really think that you are going to scare us?  Don’t you think we can scream longer and louder than you?  *sigh*

3 – Shout out, “That was lame” or “You didn’t scare me”, after a scare.  Really?  I didn’t scare you?  Is that why you jumped 3 feet into the air and are now on the other side of the hallway from me?  It’s because my scare was lame?  Puh-lease.

4 – Ask out the scare-actors.  We do not want your phone number.  We already know we are hot.  No, we will not marry you.  Go find a real life girlfriend.  If you can’t do that then rent one.

5 – Steal and/or touch things in the haunted house.  There are 40 of us working in the haunted house.  We can see in the dark and fog, and you can’t.  Don’t try and steal things as if no one is watching.  We are always watching you.  Right now I am watching you….buwuahahaha!….cough…cough…stealing is wrong.  End of story.

6 – SMOKE.  For goodness sake, do not light up your cigarette, joint or peace pipe in the haunted house.  We do not want to breathe in any more smoke or fog than we have to.  Besides, have some consideration for the rest of the people trying to enjoy the house.  If that’s not enough I’ll simply mention that there are copious amounts of cops stationed at every house and scare zone.  Can we say busted?

7 – Touch the scare-actors.  Yes, we are HUMANS.  We are doing a job.  We are not there to be fondled, groped or otherwise molested.  We will follow you out of the house and have you expelled from the park.  Don’t for a second think that I will not touch you back in self-defense!  You have been warned.

8 – Bring your toddler in the house.  I do not want to jump out from behind my hidey-hole only to see you holding your toddler’s hands for support as they slowly walk their way through the house.  Do you really wonder why your toddler doesn’t sleep through the night?  Save your child a lot of time, money and psychiatric treatment and keep them away from serious scary haunted events until they are at least 10 or 12 years old.  Hire a babysitter.

9 – Walk through the house hunched over or grabbing the shirt of the person in front of you in a death grip.  If you do this I guarantee you WILL be on the receiving end of as many scares as humanly possible.  Scare-actors are spookily good at sensing weakness in you.  Try as you might to hide it we will sniff out the scaredycats!  Avoiding these obvious tells might save you a little heartache and make our job a tad bit tougher.

10 – Ask us not to scare you.  You are at a HAUNTED event.  You paid good money to come to said event.  We WILL scare you when at all possible.  We certainly wouldn’t want you to leave without getting your money’s worth.

Holidays, Theme Parks

Addicted to Scares!

Is there something in my eye?

As the Halloween season draws to a close I think back on my experiences  this year at Howl-O-Scream with delight.  I’ve worked at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa on and off since 2006.  This year I was what we call a substitute, or “sub”, which means I get to float around from haunted house to haunted house.  I lucked out this year and got to work in every house (except Alone) and quite a few of the scare zones.  It was awesome!

Something old, something new, something bloody, something blue...

Why do I come back year after year and work a physically demanding job at all hours of the night?  I can’t resist the costumes, acting, makeup, other crazy scare-actors, and above all else, I’m addicted to scares!  I love to hear you scream.  It’s great when you jump or cry.  It’s even better when you run or fall down.  Not to mention those of you who can’t quite hold your bodily fluids in.  To me you are all prey just waiting for the right trigger to create that glorious moment of terror.  Too bad I have to wait a whole year for my next fix.

Good-bye Howl-O-Scream.  Stay ghoulish until next year!