How to Survive a Haunted House

How to Survive a Haunted House

I ain't afraid of no ghosts!
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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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Learn Something Valuable From These 7 European Countries

When you are surrounded by chocolate, treat yourself.
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America is a big country. So large that some parts of the country are so diverse they may as well be in different worlds, yet, American soil will always have one uniting factor: The American Dream. So, if we have an idea that enables synonymity in our vast country then that means that as different as some American counterparts may seem, we also share much of the same. This is why international travel is so important.

In fact, global traveling is more feasible then some may think, and can help shape your life in tremendous ways. So, here are seven life lessons there are to learn from those other international communities, specifically seven countries from Europe.

1. Spain: Be diverse in your choices

The Spanish are famous for their “tapas”. If you spend time in Spain then you will undoubtedly encounter this diversified little meal. Tapas are essentially small little plates (or tasters) of different dishes. This thereby encourages making choices that consist of variety, reinforcing to those who are creatures of habit to try something new!

2. England: Spend time outdoors

Take a trip to England and you will be surrounded by areas of preserved green space. When walking the streets of London you can expect every other block to be an area reserved for a small community park, not to mention the tremendously large parks in London, like Hyde Park. This dedicated space for outdoor enjoyment encourages people to get out of their homes and go move around in the parks.

3. Belgium: Treat yourself

Oh, the Belgium chocolate. Belgium is world renowned for having excellent, gourmet chocolate. Must I say any more? Treat yourself! With a chocolatier shop on every corner, it’s hard to miss.

4. The Netherlands: Exercise

When people think of Amsterdam, they often think of bicycles. Boy, is that true. Bicycles rule the road in the Netherlands, especially the populated city of Amsterdam. It is not uncommon to see elegantly dressed women, mothers with newborns, or toddlers cycling along the busy streets. Take a page from the Dutch way of life and try using your bicycle as your main mode of transportation.

5. Germany: Learn a foreign language

The German language is a bit abstract to English speakers. Which means if you do not speak German, then you will be playing charades to find your way through the German homeland. Some regions consist of seasoned English speakers, but do not plan on it. Take this as a mental note to learn a new language.

6. Italy: Eat good food

Italian food. Yum. The Italians know how to achieve high-quality life through their beautiful leisurely vacation destinations, fine art scene, and AMAZING FOOD. Take a trip to Italy, eat good food, and come home realizing you should treat your taste buds better then you have.

7. Denmark: Don’t take candy from strangers

Allow me to clarify something: the Danish are very sweet and kind people. Their candy will not actually cause damage to your body in terms of being toxic, but your taste buds will revolt unless you like salted black licorice.

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7 Ways Commuting To College Has Actually Helped Me

Commuting to college doesn't always have to be bad. It's all about what you get out of it.
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Commuting to college has gotten a pretty bad reputation, among students. Driving to class every day, sometimes long distances just don’t appeal to everyone. It means getting up earlier, using a lot of money on gas and frequent oil changes. I understand why it isn’t appealing to some but, to me, it has become way more than just that. It has become a ritual of sorts.

1. It gives you plenty of time to think and collect yourself

Sometimes, life gives you some hard decisions or tough times. I’ve taken what is a normal car ride and turned it into a time where I can problem solve with what’s going on in my life, get any aggression or anxiety out and unwind. After all, what else are you going to do while you drive? Trust me, I’ve thought of great ideas while driving too. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to clear your mind so that you don’t have the urge to punch someone.

Make driving be a time where you aren't thinking about school or work. It really helps, once you get it down.

2.Music jam sessions

Okay, come on. Music can heal even the worst of days. Music is a safe haven of sorts, for me. You aren't just singing along with the music, you are performing. So turn up your favorite artist and sing like nobodies watching. It also gives you time to find new artists or even listen to some old CDs if you are feeling nostalgic. If you aren't a music fan, there is always more options.

3. You have more time for podcasts and audio-books

I'm a big Harry Potter fan so, audio-books are a necessity for me. Books are very relaxing and can get your mind off of the traffic. Before I commuted I had no idea what a podcast even was. I tried a few on rides and I couldn’t stop listening to them. You can download them for free the night before so, you don’t have to worry about using your data, either. Plus, there is a podcast for almost anything you can think of. Want to listen to people talk about cooking? There is plenty. Want to listen to people deeply explaining video game conspiracy theories? I’m sure there is one for that too.

4. The scenery

I know. Corn fields are only cool to look at for like 10 minutes but sometimes while I drive I must admire the scenery. There is grass, sunsets/sunrises, animals, and many other things that are truly beautiful in nature. You will find something to look at. Just don’t get too distracted.

5.You can drive anywhere you want, at any time

One complaint about dorms is that you don’t have a ride anywhere, usually. That’s where commuting comes in handy. You can drive to a close restaurant, park, coffee shop, or anything that you want to visit, really. Heck, maybe if you have a few hours open during the day, you can sign up to be an Uber driver and make some extra cash. College students always need cash.

6. Your car turns into a locker

This one is underrated. Remember having a locker in junior high? Well, your car turns into a locker and your personal closet. That way, you don’t have to carry a full load of books all day. Make some time in your schedule so that you can go back to your car and switch the books out. Just park close and well-ah! You can store pretty much anything in it, too.

7. It makes you a better planner

You will plan for how much sleep you get, how long it takes to get ready, how long to drive, and so on. You have to plan pretty much everything. I actually benefited from it in other aspects of my life, too. It made me better at planning stuff at work or even for my school, too. It makes you think ahead, in more than one aspect. This is especially true with the weather.

I'm sure that you will figure out which parking lot is the closest and best for you.I hope this helps you find some peace on your commute. It doesn’t have to be a long, agonizing, ride in the car. Make it your own.

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