Halloween is nearly upon us – but do you enjoy the haunted holiday and would you pay for a spooky experience?
Autumn is my favourite season for many reasons: the weather begins to cool, the trees turn a beautiful orange, Starbucks releases its Pumpkin Spice Latte and, at the very end of the month, it’s Halloween.
I’ve loved Halloween since I was little. There’s so much theatre to it; so many characters to dress up as, it can be difficult to choose which one.
When I was a child, we would go around our neighbourhood trick or treating. As a teenager Halloween, was all about the parties.
As an adult, I prefer the spooky season for a much more frightening reason. For the past few years I have enjoyed going to horror experiences.
The horror! The horror!
Essentially, the idea of a horror experience is that you, and a small group of people, walk around a horror set, traditionally a ‘haunted house’, in an effort to be frightened.
If you’ve never been to one of these before, trust me when I say, it can be very scary.
Gone are the days when people would hide in a dark room and jump out at you – that’s just the warm up.
Horror at Hinchingbrooke House was amazing. I think I handled it well until the bags went on our heads!
— W H I T T L E 🤷♀️🍭 (@The_AlexWhittle) October 26, 2018
Last week, I visited Horror at Hinchingbrooke House with a group of friends. The event promised us ‘a unique, terrifying venture where the public becomes the victim’. Well, at £26pp, I am happy to report that it was quite a terrifying experience.
The maze of scary rooms took us about an hour to complete and featured; clowns, Beetlejuice, Michael Myers, the Demogorgon and zombies (to name a few).
We were chased with chainsaws, had to crawl under barbed wire and then – when we thought it was all over – had bags put over our heads and had to find our way to safety using only a rope guide.
Overall, it was a great evening and one that my friends can’t stop talking about. These experiences are popping up all over the UK and seem to get more popular each year.
Horror experiences are great and there are enough around the UK to certainly keep you busy but they do come at a price. Would you pay to be scared? And what do you feel about Halloween overall?