Dressing up and asking for candy on Halloween is SO passé – especially when you can go help one of your employer’s run his family’s annual haunted house. Not wanting to be lame, Ashlee (or Monica), Parc and I decided to dress up as ghouls and work at the Sweeney Family Horror. My goal was to scare the living daylights out of some kids... wish nearly granted.
To say that this annual haunted house is well-known in Kansas City is putting it lightly. By the time we open the gates at 6:00, there was already a few groups of kids waiting.
The kids came in all ages, with our favorite being the ones aged 6-10 (Jr. Highers are just annoying). Some kids were really brave and others, well, not so much. By the time 9:30 rolled around, there were quite a few kids that just couldn’t get past the first door. Some kids, bless their little hearts, were being pushed or dragged in by their parents – screaming the whole time.
One kid in particular barely made it past the first scare (Parc) when he started to become very timid. By the time he inched down the garage ramp and got to me, he was ready to turn around. Naturally, I scared him. On he went to get scared by the motion-detected hand-thing and then the remote controlled ghoul that jumps out at you. That’s when I could sneak up on people and scare them again as they came around the corner.
I actually thought that maybe I shouldn’t do it, but the whole time in there, his dad was coaxing him on and pushing him forward. I basically had no choice but to scare him again.
The kid jumped. Back. Into his dad he went. Unfortunately for the kid, his dad wasn’t acommodating and offered no charity. The kid turned around, eyes welling up and said:
“Please stop scaring!”
As funny as it is to think about it and poke fun of him now (or five seconds after he had left), I feel sorry for him. Especially with his dad just pushing him through the whole time.
I was never made to go through a haunted house and I’m thankful for it. I also chickened out in dueling with Darth Vader at my elementary school’s Halloween Carnival one year... now THAT was scary.