Haunted House Etiquette

Hannah Tomes, Editor

Haunted houses are popular destinations all throughout October. This year I’ve been working at a haunted house on the weekends for the first time in my life, and I’ve seen and heard a lot of things. If you’re planning on going to a haunted house this month, here are some things you should know to make sure the experience is a pleasant one.

1. Don’t touch/taunt the actors

At most haunted houses the actors won’t touch you unless you give them permission to ahead of time, so please don’t touch them. They are just doing their job and you’re paying them to try to scare you. There’s a good chance they might get in your personal space and scream at you because that’s what they’re supposed to do. Don’t shout at them or get up in their face, it’s just rude. If you don’t like people getting close to you or making loud noises then don’t go to a haunted house.

2. Try to make sure any criticism is constructive

All haunted houses want everyone to have fun and have a good time but they’re not going to be perfect. It’s totally fine to give them some advice on how to make the experience better next year, but being rude about it or telling them it sucks isn’t going to help them improve it. Another important note is that just because a certain haunted house might not scare you doesn’t mean it’s bad. Different people get scared by different things.

3. Don’t be rude to the staff

They are already in a high-stress environment so being unnecessarily mean to them doesn’t help. If you have a complaint be respectful about it and they will try to help you to the best of their abilities. Don’t complain to someone who has nothing to do with the situation; for example, if you have a bad experience while inside the haunted house, don’t rant about it to the person at the ticket booth who sells you your tickets. Talk to someone who can actually do something about it, and as long as it’s something that the staff can control, they will handle it.

4. Don’t leave hate comments

Lots of haunted houses have social media pages or websites, and leaving suggestions or things like that is encouraged, but leaving long paragraphs about how you absolutely hated it is not necessary and extremely rude. If you actually had a really bad experience contact the owner about it before blasting it all over the internet. Those types of reviews hurt their business more than you think.

5. Be patient

Haunted houses can have up to thousands of people a night, so it’s common sense that you might have to wait in line a long time. Don’t blame the staff for it, they are trying to get everyone through as quickly as possible while also trying to make sure they have fun. If the experience is rushed it won’t be as good. Also keep in mind that sometimes things can go wrong and it isn’t always someone’s fault, things just happen, like bad weather. If problems come up please be patient with the staff, they are all working hard to keep everyone safe and happy.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind if you’re planning to visit a haunted house soon. It’s supposed to be fun overall so just relax and enjoy this spooky season!