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TurtleWA
09-20-2017, 06:14 PM
I've been to a few over the years. All different quality and style. Your thoughts?

IndigoErth
09-20-2017, 06:30 PM
I love Halloween and all that spooky stuff... but I'm not fond of those haunted house attractions. Love them in their existence, but not being made to go in them. If I was more comfortable with the public like that, I'd rather be on the side that's doing the haunting and decorating of it. (I used to do up our front yard for Halloween. I'd always kind of wanted to make a walk through in our back yard...)


Honestly, I'd rather do a ghost tour of a supposed hunted place.

Powder
09-20-2017, 06:30 PM
I lived in one, so, hell nah.

Optimus Primer
09-20-2017, 06:30 PM
They're awesome!

ProphetofGanja
09-20-2017, 06:32 PM
I'd rather watch a Discovery Channel show about haunted houses than go to an actual haunted house. The last time I went to one when I was a kid I realized "this is lame as hell"

I do love Halloween though, I'm just not into the jump-scare scene of haunted houses

Prowler
09-20-2017, 06:46 PM
By haunted houses do you mean thematic haunted houses you see at carnivals and amusement parks or do you mean old houses that give a creepy vibe?

TurtleWA
09-20-2017, 07:02 PM
By haunted houses do you mean thematic haunted houses you see at carnivals and amusement parks or do you mean old houses that give a creepy vibe?

I was thinking something like these. But it doesn't matter if you choose to comment on the old houses that creep you out. I'll go with the flow.

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Prowler
09-20-2017, 07:26 PM
Well the ones in amusement parks and carnivals hire actors, so I don't care about them. As for "real" ones... well ghosts don't exist, so I don't believe in haunted houses. Some houses are noisy at night, but that's not due to paranormal activity.

IndigoErth
09-20-2017, 07:29 PM
Now... Disney's Hunted Mansion is not quite the same as the typical Halloween attractions, I love the Disney ride. It's more fun than anything.


I haven't been to too many of those haunted house things, maybe just three or so? But the best known one I've been to is the attraction they do at Eastern State Penitentiary in PA.

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Now that place IS supposed to be legit haunted - or so they say - so that's kind of doing both at once, I guess? :trazz: Though I'd still rather do a ghost tour than the Halloween thing again. Plus, it would get a better/real look around.



Someday I want to do the tour at our Fort Delaware. Having gone with a friend to the meet and greet Jason and Grant from Syfy's Ghost Hunters did prior to it, and then we ended up seeing them and the rest of their bunch leave on the little ferry boat to go over there afterwards... I was rather envious that I couldn't go too. lol (Although having quietly stuck around we ended up meeting Josh Gates too, since he was hosing the live Halloween show they were doing there and was the last to get his butt off the bus and to the ferry.)

MsMarvelDuckie
09-20-2017, 08:19 PM
I've been to a few over the years. All different quality and style. Your thoughts?


I have been to several of the themed "haunted houses" over the years, including a famous one called Verdun Manor in the town of Forney. (Incidentally it is owned by Disney.) Verdun is very big and elaborate with some really cool special effects. I have also been in several REAL haunted locations as well. One is a sort of visceral pleasure at being scared; the other can (and sometimes does) involve real danger. I've been legitimately attacked by SOMETHING in a location that was known to be haunted. I've also seen and heard things that simply can't be explained.


Well the ones in amusement parks and carnivals hire actors, so I don't care about them. As for "real" ones... well ghosts don't exist, so I don't believe in haunted houses. Some houses are noisy at night, but that's not due to paranormal activity.


The themed ones in carnivals and such can be a lot of fun- on either end of the equation. I volunteered to work one that was for a local charity one year(as a fortunetelling witch) and had fun scaring the patrons. They seemed to enjoy it too, and a few even squealed or backed away.

Ghosts don't exist..... :teek: :tlol: :trazz: :twink: I guess the pizza spatula that flew across the room right next to me after I expressed doubts about a particular nonexistant ghost's presence just flung itself sideways off the table forcefully on its own. Good to know..... Not the only time I've encountered such incidents either. If they don't exist they are doing a darn good job of pretending to!

Wildcat
09-20-2017, 10:33 PM
I don't like the mazes, walkthroughs or whatever you wanna call them because they're usually just people screaming at you with flashing lights everywhere. To me that's just dumb even though the costumes and such can be good.

Disney's Haunted Mansion is awesome of course.

As for real haunted places I totally believe in ghosts and the supernatural. Too many weird things happen for all just to be a coincidence or misinterpretations.

I seriously believe the house we lived in 10 years ago was haunted. So many unexplainable noises.

BubblyShell22
09-21-2017, 03:11 PM
I love the Haunted Mansion as that was always a fun little ride though I'm not a fan of the other haunted houses and will never go in one.

TurtleWA
09-22-2017, 06:26 PM
I love Halloween and all that spooky stuff... but I'm not fond of those haunted house attractions. Love them in their existence, but not being made to go in them. If I was more comfortable with the public like that, I'd rather be on the side that's doing the haunting and decorating of it. (I used to do up our front yard for Halloween. I'd always kind of wanted to make a walk through in our back yard...)


Honestly, I'd rather do a ghost tour of a supposed hunted place.
Yeah the haunting setup would be to die for. I think the morbid creative aspects would be a blast to work with. Abandoned hospitals and prisons would be very exciting to explore. Count me in.
I lived in one, so, hell nah.
Any idea what was haunting it?

I have been to several of the themed "haunted houses" over the years, including a famous one called Verdun Manor in the town of Forney. (Incidentally it is owned by Disney.) Verdun is very big and elaborate with some really cool special effects. I have also been in several REAL haunted locations as well. One is a sort of visceral pleasure at being scared; the other can (and sometimes does) involve real danger. I've been legitimately attacked by SOMETHING in a location that was known to be haunted. I've also seen and heard things that simply can't be explained.
How did you get attacked? If you don't mind sharing about it.
I don't like the mazes, walkthroughs or whatever you wanna call them because they're usually just people screaming at you with flashing lights everywhere. To me that's just dumb even though the costumes and such can be good.
I think to have a worthy experience it needs to be well done. Screaming and flashlights are kinda lame.

DarkFell
09-22-2017, 07:01 PM
I've worked for two haunted houses; one that was open during the Halloween season, another that is open year-round. (The other haunted house closed down after Halloween in 2012 or 2013. I forgot which year.)

They were Nightmare on Grayson and Ripley's Haunted Adventure.

Supposedly, both attractions were/are actually haunted. One of them is located downtown which has an infamous mission and two hotels (one of them was a hospital at one time), and all three of those are said to be haunted as well.

MsMarvelDuckie
09-22-2017, 07:04 PM
Two seperate attacks (same day and same location but different spots); one I was physically PUSHED down a flight of stairs at an apartment complex built next to a burned down "mansion" that was once a children's home and a mental institution at different times, by an invisible "hand" on my back. Was not hurt fortunately but it was frightening none the less.

The other incident- same day and complex but a different building- I was walking from one building to the next (I was there to hang flyers on doors for our pizza delivery place) and the cover for a fire extinguisher box was ripped of its hinges (and lock) and thrown off a balcony at me. It only missed hitting me because I stopped when I heard the sound and looked up. It missed me by inches and hit the ground and shattered right in front of me. This was actually the first attack. The other one came several minutes later- and closer to the haunted place.

I refused to go back to hang flyers there after that. Would go anywhere else, and had no problems with the spook inhabiting the store itself (the pizza spatula incident I mentioned previously- he had a strange sense of humor for a ghost lol) but SOMETHING did not want me in or near that burned place!

Utrommaniac
09-22-2017, 07:05 PM
I volunteered at a Haunted House only once. It wasn't very exciting. I had to hide behind a wall and thump it.

Naturally I was told to not do anything if any kids were really really scared, as was the case with one. I still wish I had taken off my hood and went out to tell him that everything was okay.

Afterwards I went through with some girls my age who were nervous to do it, and felt better when I said I volunteered.

DarkFell
09-22-2017, 07:13 PM
I will admit that the scare tactic mentality hung around with me after I 'retired' from the haunted attraction biz. Helping my folks with the trick-or-treaters resulted in being told to stop scaring the kids a few times. I did get some teenagers a few times; most of them were friggin' lazy and came right up to our doorstep ... no costume on but they brought a pillow case for candy.

Now I wind up scaring kids without even trying anymore. The bad part is it is actually the parents that would tell their little three-year-old to walk up and they would often say "Go on honey.. say trick-or-treat."

Let's just say that the kids would just look up at me and most of the time, they won't even say a single word.
And I don't wear any gory facial props, just a bad make-up job on account of being near-sighted. :B

BubblyShell22
09-23-2017, 06:33 AM
Wow, Duckie, that would definitely freak me out!

The Deadman
09-25-2017, 09:45 AM
I used to go to the haunted house attractions up in PA all the time a few years ago. Some were good, like Field of Screams, and some just...werent.

blindturtle02
09-25-2017, 12:04 PM
I will admit that the scare tactic mentality hung around with me after I 'retired' from the haunted attraction biz. Helping my folks with the trick-or-treaters resulted in being told to stop scaring the kids a few times. I did get some teenagers a few times; most of them were friggin' lazy and came right up to our doorstep ... no costume on but they brought a pillow case for candy.

Now I wind up scaring kids without even trying anymore. The bad part is it is actually the parents that would tell their little three-year-old to walk up and they would often say "Go on honey.. say trick-or-treat."

Let's just say that the kids would just look up at me and most of the time, they won't even say a single word.
And I don't wear any gory facial props, just a bad make-up job on account of being near-sighted. :B

Yeah I think I'd prefer scaring rather than being scared. I mean, the only thing I'd have to look forward to would be the jumpscares if I randomly decided to enter a haunted house anyway. Too many people screaming to describe anything, so I'm usually standing around in the midst of all the screaming saying things like,"Who was that again?! He was wearing a what now?! Blood dripping from what?! Oh well, uh, aaaaah, I guess!" I'd be more interested in the layout of the place, the various costumes, and all that. Sounds like it'd be a lot of fun to set that stuff up.

TurtleWA
09-25-2017, 07:37 PM
And I don't wear any gory facial props, just a bad make-up job on account of being near-sighted. :B

A bad makeup job can be even more terrifying than a perfect one. Like the clown has been in a fight and all sweaty from something horredndous. Like Captain Spaulding doesn't have the best makeup in scenes, and then when you add in his facial hair that kicks it up another level. Was your makeup clown or?

DarkFell
09-25-2017, 09:56 PM
^ Nope - no clown make-up at all. I was actually poking some fun at myself in that sentence. But, being near-sighted does tend to suck whenever make-up application is involved. :L

In all seriousness though, I could watch a few theatrical makeup tutorials as I would like to learn about certain make-up / prosthetic appliance effects that grab my interest.

TurtleWA
10-12-2017, 11:38 AM
I read this article today and it's somewhat related to the thread. So I thought I'd share.
What haunted houses tell us about ourselves and our past.

NEW YORK (AP) — Haunted houses tell us a lot of stories. But those stories are not just about ghosts.

Colin Dickey , the author of “Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places,” went around the country visiting haunted houses to see if they “could tell us something about who we are as a country, or as a people, or how we understand the past.”

In an interview for the AP Travel podcast “Get Outta Here,” Dickey said ghost stories help us “talk about things in the past we might not otherwise have confronted.” It might be a place with a violent or brutal history like a prison or asylum, or a just an old building with creaky stairs and dark hallways where someone’s life took a tragic turn due to the death of a child or an unrequited love.

PLACES WITH A DISTURBING PAST

Examples of places with a disturbing past that bill themselves as haunted attractions include the LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans, where slaves were treated with extraordinary brutality, or Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary , an abandoned prison. Dickey describes Eastern State as “a broken-down castle with stone crenellated towers” where “it’s easy to imagine” a history of “atrocities and violence.”

“Ghost stories in many ways are a way for us to approach our own history,” Dickey said, “and our own history is complicated.”

WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE: MYTH OF THE LONELY WOMAN

Dickey also noticed that haunted stories sometimes revolve around women who never married or who were widowed young. Sometimes these women were viewed as having been frozen in time, living out their lives in a decaying house. But he says the facts often tell a different story, suggesting that these individuals may have been viewed as odd or even spooky because their lives as single women didn’t fit cultural norms for marriage and childrearing.

The Winchester Mystery House , a 161-room mansion in San Jose, California, which Dickey visited often growing up, is a good example. Sarah Winchester’s father-in-law developed the Winchester rifle, so she and her husband were wealthy heirs. Their only child died in infancy, and Sarah’s husband died soon after. Dickey says stories often paint her as having lived out her life in perpetual grief, haunted by the ghosts of everyone who’d ever been killed by a Winchester rifle, and “building this labyrinth to keep them at bay,” Dickey said.

But Dickey says the truth differs from the legend. “She got on with her life as a widow, but all things considered, a relatively happy widow,” he said. The ghost stories came about, he speculates, because “a woman living alone happily just doesn’t fit in our culture.”

MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM: USING GHOST STORIES TO ENGAGE

Dickey also points out that the haunted house industry has become important as a way to raise money to preserve old buildings. Many historic sites have embraced haunted tours as a fun way to engage visitors who will gladly pay for a ghost tour, but who might not sign up to learn about 19th century customs or antiques.

Take for example the Merchant’s House Museum on East Fourth Street in Manhattan. The 1830s row house was home to the family of Seabury Tredwell. Five of the eight Tredwell children never married. Seven people died in the house, the last of them Gertrude Tredwell in the 1930s. Regular tours of the Merchant’s House carefully stick to the facts, telling visitors only what is known from Census records and other research about who lived in the house and when, or what can be gleaned from physical evidence, like dents left in the floor by furniture routinely laden with heavy plates of food.

But the Merchant’s House also advertises haunted tours. The theme is especially popular during the Halloween season. Through Oct. 30, the site hosts an exhibition called “Truly We Live in a Dying World: A 19th Century Home in Mourning” with displays of mourning clothes, a coffin covered with lilies and a mannequin of Seabury Tredwell laid out on his deathbed. You can even take a selfie in a coffin.

For decades, Merchant’s House staff members were warned against repeating ghost stories, according to spokeswoman Emily Hill-Wright. But in the last 10 or 15 years, the museum has embraced the opportunity to use ghost stories as “a wonderful way to bring in new audiences. People will come in because they hear that we’re haunted. Once we get them inside, they realize what a special place this is.”

She said the museum has no qualms about using “the interest in ghosts and morbid things in order to educate the public. It’s not just that we’re raising money because of ghosts and having fun with that. There is an educational component. We do feel we’re fulfilling our mission.”

https://apnews.com/c8a95b1e30cc4227bb9cfa87881e77c8/What-haunted-houses-tell-us-about-ourselves-and-our-past?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP_Travel