Image courtesy of Sean MacEntee
I have to admit that I have a love-hate affair with haunted houses. I love the storytelling and creativity that go into them but I hate having things/people jump out at me. In fact, I remember getting so scared at my college haunted house that my brother who was there visiting had to guide me through the last room (it did feature a ten foot tall monster that writhed in time to heavy metal music) as I covered my eyes with one hand.
Fortunately, I am made of sterner stuff now. However, I have to admit that I still avoid haunted houses and ironically enough would rather go explore a house that is reputedly REALLY haunted (like the Walker Ames house in Port Gamble) than endure a haunted house.
Last week while I was cleaning up after a program in the teen room I heard one of my teen volunteers say that she is volunteering at the haunted fairgrounds here in Kitsap County for the Halloween season. That made me really start thinking...what would it be like to volunteer at a haunted house-to be the one who was actually doing the scaring? I asked my volunteer that very question and I liked her answer so much that I asked her if I could share it here on the blog. Here it is:
"This is the first year that I’ve been in the Haunted Fairgrounds and I so wish that I’d done it sooner. It is awesome! I can’t even tell you how amazing all the people there are. We actually spend a lot of time laughing and joking, when we’re not scaring the living daylights out of the guests wandering by. We’re a surprisingly small group, so you get to know everyone pretty fast, and the haunting get to be second nature. Oh yeah, you’re there at the fairgrounds from around 3:00 pm to midnight, but hey, they give you free pizza!"
Hmm, maybe I shouldn't be avoiding haunted houses after all.