October is approaching, and that means Haunted House season.
So, as a person who has acted in haunted houses many, many times, here’s a suggestion from me:
If you’re going to a haunted house in a group, and you’re the scared friend hiding in the middle of the group, make sure the ‘friends’ behind you are your friends.
It’s quite easy for haunt actors to sneak up on the most terrified person because they’re usually in the middle and the friends behind them just let us take their place.
So if you’re legit scared and cannot handle what’s going on in the haunt anymore, make sure you have friends that respect you enough to [politely] tell a sneaky haunt actor to back off and wait for the next group.
If you’re friends with the scared person, keep an eye on them and help them out when it looks like they’re getting overloaded. Being scared can be fun, but some people need a break between frights.
If you really cannot go on, ask one of the actors for an emergency exit or to guide you out. Most haunts will at the very least send someone ahead to say ‘hey, we’ve got someone who just needs to get through, don’t do anything to them’.