Last weekend, ten friends and I willingly let ourselves be led into the woods and chased by men with chainsaws.
It was great fun.
I don't normally "do" scary (just ask my husband who has to listen to me whimper through PG movies), but I've been curious about the Lakeville Haunted House ever since I lived nearby and could hear screams coming from the woods. But, I never had the nerve to actually go to it.
But, living away from the screams that start up every weekend in October has made me brave, and so I agreed to go during the opening weekend of its 18th year.
From the vampire who sidled up to me and started growling in my ear, to the freaky clowns, blood-stained victims, witches, zombies and ghosts who popped out throughout, I spent my time alternating between screaming, jumping, and giggling madly. At one point, I just buried my face into my sister's back and walked as fast as possible.
The only thing that saved me is that the ghouls are not allowed to touch you. And, when I became overcome with fear, I'd remind them, "YOU CAN'T TOUCH ME!".
But, that didn't help me when our small group approached the witches and were told to line up in groups of two. "But I'm alone!", I wailed, as my husband was home watching the kids.
"Oh, that's ok, m'dear," the witch cackled sweetly. "We'll kill you first."
The Lakeville Haunted House is open Fridays and Saturdays until the 30th of October, and if you can get down there by Saturday the 17th, download the $3 off coupon which will save you on the regular $13 admission. I love that this Haunted House operates as a non-profit with volunteers who spend their weekend nights scaring people; the proceeds from the Haunted House are donated to a bunch of local organizations.
Plan to spend some time, especially if you chose to go during the much-busier weekends close to Halloween. Visitors are grouped into small pods and spaced out for maximum creepiness, but this does mean you may be waiting a while to enter the woods. Dress warmly, wear good walking shoes and hope you make it out alive! And leave the kids home unless you really, really enjoy sleeping in their bed with all the lights on for the next five years.