As I started to write this story, I tried to think of how I should approach the somewhat controversial topic of Halloween. I personally love the season of pumpkins, fake spider webs, witches and skeletons in your neighbors’ yard. Surprisingly enough, however, this $6.9 billion holiday can be a sensitive subject for some.
I encountered this sticky situation with a haunted house I recently visited. I have enjoyed the experience of spooky spots forever and usually look forward to the thrill of being scared. This year, I found myself reevaluating the idea of paying for frightening frills as well as questioning others on their thoughts about the haunted house experience.
Haunted houses were originally just houses viewed as cursed after a person had died unexpectedly or been murdered, but today contribute to Halloween being the second most popular commercial holiday. After paying my $13 to go to a local haunted house, I can fully understand how this can be true.
A group of friends and I went to Devil’s Dungeon in East Nashville to get our fill of freaky scenes. As a group of eight, we strategically placed ourselves in a “safe” order to better take on the two-story warehouse with brave faces. The order basically consists of taller people in the front that you can duck behind when you feel as though you are about to pee your pants. It usually works like a charm.
Devil’s Dungeon offers your standard blood and gore, but also switches it up with a dizzy bridge and a maze to keep you a little confused.
“Although it was really irritating, I liked the maze because it made the haunted house last longer, and it felt like I was getting my money’s worth,” said junior Dillon Bock. On average, the haunted house takes about forty-five minutes to complete, depending on how fast or slow you and your group may be.
Devil’s Dungeon hosts a staff of twenty-six to thirty people who all have a specific character and scene.
“I loved that everything you saw were actually real actors, the acting was really good,” said Belmont junior Daniel Chioco.
Chioco also visited the Slaughterhouse on Sixth Ave. and was able to compare the two experiences.
“Slaughterhouse was a lot cleaner [content] and more family friendly, but it wasn’t scary compared to Devil’s Dungeon,” said Chioco
There are plenty of haunted houses to choose from around the area. Death Row- Sanitarium of Slaughter is another popular one just off of Harding Place exit. It has different horror celebrity guests who make appearances on certain nights.
Most haunted houses are opened Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays up until Nov. 1. A few tips to keep in mind when going out are wear comfortable shoes, preferably closed toed, and clothes that you can move around in easily for whatever may come your way. Also, be mindful of what you are signing up for. If it says “satanic den of terror,” you will probably encounter some interesting material. Don’t take it seriously, and don’t expect to get your money back!