Halloween is here, the season of everything spooky and scary. It also means the opening of one place my friends always love to go and I always manage to avoid: haunted houses.
I have never been a fan of anything in the horror category. Whether it be movies, TV shows, books or games, I have never wanted to be a part of it. I am not saying I have never given it a shot, though.
When I was 12, my friends tried to drag me into a haunted house with them. Sadly, within the first five minutes of standing in the waiting room, I walked out crying. This weekend I decided to face my fears.
I found a haunted house called “Zombies Alive” at a paintball arena called Urban Warfare located off of Route 9 in Bloomington. Though it was rather difficult to find in the dark because it was somewhat pushed back into the fields, it was an easy drive.
Because this was my first haunted house experience, I had nothing to compare the standards of this house to. Therefore, I brought friends to clarify whether my assumptions were misleading or not.
I walked into the shed immediately wanting to leave, but the ticketholder reassured me that it would all be over soon. And she was right. It went by fast. Actually, it went by TOO fast. Even with little experience I knew that we had gone through the maze very quickly, and it wasn’t because we were fast walkers.
However, I will use the phrase “short and sweet” for this funhouse. It may have been brief, but it was well worth it. All of the scary beings in the haunted house were zombies, as implied in the name. Which I think made it creepier, since they were more lifelike than a goblin or ghost.
Before entering, it was a comfort to hear that the zombies could not touch you. They were very lifelike, though, and did an exceptional job at scaring the customers by getting as close as they could without making contact. They, also, did a great job at making me second guess whether or not they were a mannequin or a real person. I was fooled many times by this tactic.
There is also another option besides the haunted house. A zombie hunt is offered, as well. The hunters are armed with a paintball gun and glow in the dark paintballs and sent on a mission to hunt zombies, props and live actors. The hunt costs $15, the haunted house is $10 and doing both costs $20.
If you want to partake in this zombie hunting experience or the haunted house, be aware that it is open every night from 6 to 10 p.m., except tonight it is only open until 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 may be the last chance you get to shoot paintballs at the living dead for a long time.
This whole expedition taught me two things: haunted houses are as scary as I imagined them to be. And, I wouldn’t last a day in a zombie apocalypse.