Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Haunted "Fun" Houses, Wow, they've changed!

Originally haunted houses in Amusement Parks were just a "tiny" ride of rinky-dinky two-seaters. That would do an S-shaped loop of so call, scary stuff popping out from the sides (usually dirty, they haven't been cleaned in years). And, at the end of each turn some silly big thing would lean over to scare you. Very boring!
Then it was in the '70s that really started the "new" haunted house idea of having "actors" walk around scaring people. At first "real" empty houses were used. But, a lot of injuries started to happen because of the condition of the houses. So, there was a clamp down by the states, I guess, at the time. I went to one of the best haunted house's at the time in the east coast at Long Branch, NJ. Forgot the name, but, it was huge. I think three stories high. But, there were few exits for those who wanted to get out if it gets to intense for them. Laws were changed after the fire at the Great Adventures haunted house. When I went, my sister, two nephews, and my mother thought it would be fun. Personally, it was too much. The actors at the time would touch people to an extreme. They wouldn't stop, even if you told them over and over. Some poor people got followed through the whole time. Very poor visibility. My mother hit the guy that kept touching her with her huge purse.
Now, Haunted Houses are a huge business across the country. Here, in the east coast, in NYC there's a couple during Halloween that are really professional, with real actors. And, at Philly Eastern State Pen does the same. But, you pay a pretty penny for the fun. Now, when I come to think of it, which is better? A real haunted house, or the one with the paid actors?


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