The last time I went to one of those haunted houses where people jump out at you and are supposed to scare you, I was a little kid and was taken to a haunted schoolhouse by some friends and their parents. All I remember was going into one room that had a hospital operating table with people dressed as witches waving their arms around the bed, inviting me to sit on it. Then that’s when I freaked out and when I was taken home I had a fever. Since then, and there wasn’t any real reason for it, I have not had a chance to go to a haunted house….Until this year.
I wanted so bad to go to something called “The 7 Floors of Hell” at the nearby fairgrounds. Seven buildings set up – each with a different horror theme, and decorated with lots of spooky, gory and awesome props. Each building had automated figures and animals jumping out, but they also had actors all dressed up, waiting around the corner or in a little shack, waiting to jump out at jumpy, nervous customers.
It wouldn’t have been a problem for me if I had to go alone, but I invited my teenage nephew who I thought would jump at the chance to see that kind of thing, but he didn’t express any interest. As a last little whimper of sympathy, I mentioned it on Facebook. A girl I haven’t seen in fifteen years – since high school, stepped up to the plate and was eager to go and see these floors of hell with me. She even had coupons for three dollars off the ticket price! That helped, because that place wasn’t free. Not a mere $7 at the door, no. A bit more than that. But you know what? Honestly, it was worth it. Now if it had been $50 at the door, I wouldn’t be as casual about it.
Okay, so I just had to bring my camera, and I’m glad I did. Some places didn’t allow cameras, so I behaved. But standing in lines for almost all of those “floors”, I had the opportunity to take a few shots from outside. Here are some captures. Sorry for some of the gory stuff.
This was taken at the first floor of hell we went to called “Scarecrow’s Revenge”. Some of it was startling, but the intentional opening and slamming of shack doors to scare us got a little tiring. Not my favorite floor of hell, but there were some cool props. Like this guy.
If you’ve got a fear of clowns, you probably wouldn’t want to go into this building. We were given 3D glasses to wear and all the walls were painted with funky colors and the walls were covered with clown masks. People dressed as clowns jumped out at us. Frankly, I think clowns are annoying, and the demon clown in the movie “It” didn’t help my perception, either.
This guy wasn’t located in a house, he was across the path from the gift shop and gyrated to the songs on the stereo. This shot was taken while he was rocking to the song, “Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Loc.
This guy lived on the porch of “The Butcher Shop”, another floor of hell, and I think my favorite floor, because some stuff in there really startled me. Anyway, while we waited in line, this guy would spring to life and jump and wiggle up and down. Fake pigs hung upside down nearby, and sometimes they came to life too. In the actual “shop”, we would get distracted by mechanical things coming to life, but then a live, costumed actor would spring out at us from another direction. Awesome.
I think this was taken at the floor called “The Crypt”. It was just too cool, it was begging for a photo.
So anyway, that’s about it. But I was happy that I was finally able to go to one of those things after all this time.