How to Survive a Haunted House

How to Survive a Haunted House

I ain't afraid of no ghosts!

We've established that I have a very strong love of Halloween! With Halloween though comes pop up haunted house attractions meant to scare the pants off of you. They're not for everybody but sometimes even if you don't like them, you might suddenly find yourself facing one and completely not at all excited for whats in store. However, I am here to help you. In the list below you'll find ways to prepare yourself and relieve the stress of going to a Haunted House and maybe even have fun with it!

It's all a show!

If you start to get worried about the characters being mean to you or everything looking to real just remember, it's all one big walk through show! A good way to remember that, is by looking into how some of things you'll be facing are made. Youtube is a great resource for this information. My favorite videos that show you how special effects/gore makeup is done is Madeyewlook's Halloween season videos. She has a great way of incorporating humor while showing you some amazing art skills that you can actually try at home.

Once you start to remember that, that evil monster with a chainsaw is probably just a dentist with a hobby that got work done by someone who has great special fx skills the better you will feel.

Be prepared!

Again this is where youtube provides another great outlet for information. If you've ever been bored and missed Disneyland, I'm sure you've most likely looked up ride throughs of the rides to make it feel like you were actually there! Well turns out that not only do people sometimes record rides but they also will record haunted house walk throughs. If you want to prep yourself for your haunted house trip check some of them out on youtube to actually get a look of what you might be facing. You'll have the ability to pause, if it get's to be to much for you and even watch it with the lights on to make everything seem even less scarier.

Also I have to applaud the camera men who film these I have no idea how they are able to walk through these and not jump once.

Lala I'm not listening!

Haunted Houses are full of loud noises and jump scares! Half of the big deal behind these things is relying on the suddeness of noise. Just cover your ears if you're not a fan of jump scares and suddenly you'll find it's a lot easier to maneuver around a haunted house if you can't hear what's scaring everyone.

You're gonna hear me roar!

Honestly this is some of the weirdest advice in this article but it's true. I was given this advice before I walked into my first haunted house as a kid and it's stuck with me ever since. I was with a family member and she reassured me that if me and my little cousin didn't like what I was seeing, just growl at the people and they will back off. Then we discovered it actually worked because one, the actors are not at all expecting for you to growl at them because it kind of makes you look like a weirdo, and two growling just makes you feel a bit braver.

The Oreo Theory

We've all seen those photos, we all know that once you have a group of people go through a haunted house together a conga line of fear seems to form.

But there is actually a reason behind this. Awhile back I got the opportunity to work at a haunted house as a scare actor. Before the season started the manager of the establishment gave us this idea of the "Oreo Theory" and when best to scare people using it. So lets say you have a group of five, the top part of the oreo cookie is hard and tough which means that usually the bravest person will go in the front to lead the group and get all the scares first. Then there is the cream part of the group which is full of the three people that are actually scared and are willing to get the backlash of the first person's scare. Lastly is the fifth person in the group working as the other tough oreo cookie willing to make sure that there is no behind you scares.

If you want to apply this to your friend group that you will be attending a haunt with, I say that usually the best idea is to be the last part of the Oreo cookie and stick to the back. From my experience this will give you the chance to have people in front of you get scared first revealing what's scary up ahead before you even see it.

Make Em Laugh!

Most of the time when I walk through a haunted house, when I'm not being scared by people, I'm usually laughing. Laughing always makes you feel better and lightens the mood. Find the humor in it all, don't be afraid to laugh at everyone's reactions. The more you life the more your fear will be lessened.

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I'm A Midwestern Girl With Big City Dreams

The first time that I visited the city, I felt like that was where I belonged.

College is a time in everyone’s life where people are thinking about and planning for their future. As I think heavily about my future and dream job, there is one thing that I will never forget: where I came from.

Growing up in small-town Iowa has been the greatest blessing. Everyone knew me, and I knew them. I loved being able to play and run around our spacious backyard. The free-ness of driving down gravel roads with the windows down and feeling the warm summer breeze.

I never had to worry about our neighbors being too loud, or waking up in the middle of the night because of sirens or honking horns. My hometown community was very supportive and I felt the love and sense of belonging every time I stepped foot on the field or in the classroom. I wouldn't have wanted to grow up any other way.

However, the first time that I visited a large city, I felt like that was where I belonged. Driving into Chicago for the first time and seeing the large buildings was mesmerizing. I longed to explore the depths of this large, mysterious place. Something about the rush and the busyness of the city made me feel at home. I knew right away that I could see myself living in a place like this someday.

Unfortunately, our occasional trips to the city are way too short. Since my first visit, I've dream about living in a small, cozy downtown apartment and waking up every day to the excitement of the city. Sipping my coffee and staring out my window at the bustling streets and non-stop activity. I long for daily walks down the sidewalk, passing by store windows and seeing the unique styles of clothing everywhere I look.

The city always has something to do, and the size makes me feel a part of something much bigger than myself. Growing up, my friends and family always described me as a "city girl," and living in the city seemed to fit my style, personality, and dreams.

Don't get me wrong — I loved everything about my childhood and how I was raised. In fact, I don’t think that I would appreciate the city and all that it has to offer if it wasn’t for my country roots. The city was something completely different from my life in Iowa, and that is why it excites me so much.

I am confident that my Midwestern values will serve me well in the future. My roots will most definitely follow me, and don't be surprised if you catch me jamming to country music while strolling the streets of New York City someday.

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5 Places You Must See The First Time You Visit Anchorage

Check out a few of my favorite Alaskan sites.

About a month ago, I went to Anchorage, Alaska for the first time with my fiance. We spent four days bouncing around the city and trying to see as much as we could. We had the time of our lives. These are just a few of the highlights from our trip, and I think absolutely everyone needs see all of these places the first time they visit Anchorage.

1. The Anchorage Museum.

The Anchorage Museum was by far our favorite place that we went on this trip. We loved how the museum blended historical information with modern displays, and we definitely spent more time than we should have in playing with all of the interactive elements in the "discover" section. Plus, standing in front of the museum makes for a picture-perfect pose:

2. The Mount Baldy Trailhead.

This is definitely more for those who enjoy being in the outdoors, but we had a blast hiking up Mount Baldy. The trail is technically in Eagle River, which is about half an hour outside of Anchorage, but it's worth the drive. When we went, it was extremely icy and slippery, but every step we took rewarded us with amazing views and awesome memories. The icy conditions kept us from making it to the top, but we're hoping to try again on a summer trip in the future.


3. The Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall/The Midnight Sun Cafe.

We spent a good amount of time at the Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall picking up souvenirs and presents. The mall had everything from adorable Alaskan gift shops like Once in a Blue Moose to your basic Bath and Body Works. We also really loved The Midnight Sun Cafe, a little local restaurant that is located right underneath the sky bridge to the mall. We dipped into the cafe several times and we loved everything we tried from their Mexican hot chocolate to the casual sandwiches and chips they served.

4. 49th State Brewing Co.

This was our favorite restaurant we tried in Anchorage. They have a really great atmosphere and awesome food. My fiance tried their yak burger and I had a really awesome crabby grilled cheese and seafood chowder. This restaurant was a bit pricier than most of the other places we dined at in Anchorage, but it was worth every penny.

5. The Moose's Tooth Pub & Pizzeria.

My runner up for favorite restaurant is the Moose's Tooth. This is just a casual pizza joint, but we had a great time hanging out here, and I really enjoyed the Chicken Parmesan pizza I got. It probably wasn't the most amazing pizza in the world, but it is definitely a step above Domino's or Pizza Hut. It's fun and silly to go somewhere that was so stereotypical Alaskan.

Enjoy your trip!

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