Festival of Fear 2010 is taking off; its October 1; Halloween season is here! So, I wanted to address (again) one of the most important factors to enjoying the haunted season. Eat plenty of pumpkin bread…no, actually that's not it (although a good option as well).
Let me address a different issue.
The Beast and I spent last night at the grand opening of City of the Dead haunt in Denver, Colorado. As you know from perusing our sight regularly, we are doing a documentary on that haunt this year and wanted to get some great opening night footage. But in watching and filming some of the patrons, we noticed that age-old problem some people have in attending these haunted attractions–letting themselves be scared.
We have podcasted about this, written about this and spoken about this until we are blue in the face, but I'm going to do it again. If you are going to take the time to attend a haunted attraction (and pay good money no less), you have to allow yourself to be scared–to feel the fear. Now, of course, some haunts are not very good or scary, but that is not what I am talking about. I am talking about the people that decide they are going to prove they are tougher than those scareacters or monsters or aren't scared by the banging or chainsaws and are just going to nonchalantly walk through the house. Why Bother? Go do something else. All you do is waste your time and potentially get in the way of people that love the Halloween season and the haunted attraction adrenaline rush.
I am happy to say that I am a master at this. Last night as the Beast and I were filming and taking pictures, one of the monsters at the front of the house scared the crap out of me with me knowing where he was and me not even being engaged in the house. When I actually go through a haunted attraction I default to the idea of being scared and it makes the experience so much more fun and enjoyable.
So, be safe out there this Halloween season, but remember–Feel the Fear, you will be glad that you did.