View Full Version : Survey Question:Ever been scared?

Jim Warfield
05-12-2010, 08:05 PM
While in your haunted house?
Yes I have been.
Details later.

05-12-2010, 08:46 PM
Not while working, but when walking through one night one of our actors took a completly creative spin on their assigned room and completly caught me off guared and made me jump.

Jim Warfield
05-12-2010, 11:41 PM
Did that "creative spin" become placed in the menu of the haunt?
Being open every night of the year provides me with an incredible opportunity to experiment, refine, and explore new things and I love it!
I also then have the time to learn alot from my customers too.

05-13-2010, 04:57 AM
i haven't but there has been times before were i did that to alot of my actors. it's fun when the new ones come in and don't know what's coming at them!!

05-13-2010, 11:41 AM
Been startled a few times by people sneaking up behind me. Also been creeped out a few times. Truly scared, probably not but I have been made uncomfortable before...

05-13-2010, 11:42 AM
Many times been shutting off the lights in an attraction at one end and have to walk to the other....feeling like the darkness behind you is catching up with or clawing at you....some buildings worse than others. I had had one haunt where literally it made my heart race every time I was walking away in the dark.

Mike "Pogo" Hach

Jim Warfield
05-13-2010, 02:11 PM
I feel I am not alone in a room or part of my house, even though I sure seem to be the only one there. Maybe it's just a dampness inspired chill up my back?
Sometimes I feel it is more.
I unfairly unintentionally judge others by myself without thinking about it. I spent many years working alone in many basements on furnaces, boilers, plumbing, usually at night and most local basements have one light bulb per/room, if lucky.
Two blocks from my Parent's home a woman came home from school as a grade schooler and found her Mother had hung herself in the basement, it didn't seem to bother that woman she lived in that house for the next 70? years.
"Has anybody ever died in this house?"
My house goes back to 1870, there were no hospitals or nursing homes back then, I am sure plenty of old houses saw death come to many as they were inside their walls.

05-13-2010, 05:30 PM
first year i worked at our haunt on the last night we were open i went through as a guest at the beginning of the night. By the time i exited i was fearing for my life and the life of my future children.... Word got out i was coming through and the boys took it upon themselves to cup shot me.... the first 2 or 3 missed and it freaked out the regular customers i was in a group with... when i got to my section of the haunt my manager wasn't letting my get out unscathed.... I was in the middle of a group in a hallway and he did a running slide as he passed "HE GOT ME!" i fell to the ground in pain and everyone in the group lost there minds... a few of the actors drug me into my own hide and ran the group out.... though i was done so i kept on the path to exit and nope.... got it again at the last corner before the exit.... It was funny as all get out but hurt... i guess it was kinda worth it because the real customers lost there minds when they saw what they thought was a customer get cup shot then drug into a dark corner and surrounded by monsters....

I later unintentionally got that same manager back when he was in a hide he wasn't supposed to be in and i went running into it in front of a group and ended up [putting a shoulder into his gut and knocked the wind out of him... Ended up sticking halfway out the spot holding the manager up with one arm and scaring the group as they passed lol

damon carson
05-14-2010, 12:22 AM
I used to have all my actors telling me of a strange dark figure they would see in our haunt. No face just a shadow of a tall man. Also others had heard strange noises ect. One night something kicked the hell out of the back door as I was pouring out half drunk sodas causing me to raise up and hit my head on a steel pipe. I yelled for help and everyone thought I was pulling a joke. No one was found on the property outside. After all this strange happenings I would kinda get the creeps closing or going out there by myself working on things. But nothing ever really happened. I sometimes think it was my imagination getting the best of me. I still say to this day the building is haunted though. There was an old cement truck that was mangled and burnt up parked in front of the building when we first rented it. They said the man that drove it used to work there and died in a bad accident and burnt up in the wreck. Creepy Stuff!

Jim Warfield
05-14-2010, 07:36 AM
It might be scarier if he had not died in such a wreck! He's all burnt and mad and looking for his last paycheck, do you have it Damon?
We are all very familiar with the old stories about hauntings and spirits that simply won't leave because they were murdered or a suicide or a wrongfull accidental death but I have a theory that some people just die when they still have too much energy in their body/soul? whatever?
Since energy can't be destroyed (although talk to me November first and I may argue that point) it may just hang around possibly noticable only certain times of the year, weather conditions, phases of the moon and maybe only certain people can pick up on this?
Many people actually come to my house with the intent to tell me their personal ghost story.
I have also met many people who were 100% skeptics...until They had such an experience.

Dr. Giggles
05-15-2010, 05:53 PM
Few times actually. Usually accidental. One actor came in from above which is not allowed but smart. Its usually actors going back through to their rooms to pick up bags/trash/etc they left behind because i only turn the lights out when I think everyones out. But a few good actors have made me jump, you build a room thinking you know all the twists, it just takes one really creative guy to make it his own.

Jim Warfield
05-16-2010, 03:57 PM
"Boo! I bet I scared you, huh? Scared you in your own haunted house!"
"Nope..guess how many people have already tried the same thing you just did?"
One time a customer grabbed my ankle, he was hiding under an item but he was laying in several inches of slimey brown mud, flat on his back.
"Oh?" (not startled or scared in the least)
"Your Mother is going to be very upset when she sees the mud all over your new sweater."
"Oh, she won't mind." (Yah! Sure!)
They stopped here after their weekend of skiing, slightly over-dressed to be laying in mud.
The couple of times I reacted somewhat in a way the customer could inturpit as me being afraid, I was afraid that the clumbsie idiot was going to fall on me! I had no fear from his actual supposid fear-inspiring act.
I mean really...I own the house, we live in it, I have done all the work here, well 98%of it, I and my wife have had actual supernatural experiences here , is some kid going to scare me?
I spent years working in dark basements by myself.

Jim Warfield
05-16-2010, 10:06 PM
One of the few times that I was actually scared in my haunted house: My ex had left for good maybe a month before this happened . She was being picked on here by the supernatural in this house. About two weeks before she left she had her hair yanked three times as she was in the wine cellar.
Three young men showed up for a tour. Two of them had been here before, as the four of us walked into the wine cellar (the most haunted room here) One of them was walking almost beside me . The room is 31 feet long by 16 feet wide with a 12 ft, high stone arch ceiling, the lights in the room were on and I heard a woman scream!
I turned toward the guy beside me and asked him (not wishing to unduly influence his answer)"Did you just hear...something?"
For some reason even though I very distinctively heard the scream, that was the LAST thing I expected him to say when he said:
"I heard a woman scream."
Real unnamed fear shot through my body! (??) I turned and ran up the steps , leaving those three guys in the wine cellar! (Well I had to see if someone was yelling down my basement stairs ?) This was my excuse for running like a deer passed them.
No, no one was yelling down the basement stairs.
I was to later discover my ex was screaming at about the same time when we heard the scream, a drunk woman was pinching her arm as she turned to leave the "party" which was being held about a mile from here.
One of the men in the tour did not hear the scream, he was still at the top of the wine cellar steps when it happened.

Jim Warfield
05-24-2010, 07:31 AM
This wasn't haunt related but it was a first time extreme scare experience (which I never need repeated!)
I was 10 yrs. old, playing Hide& Seek .
A summer long road construction project was happening infront of my parent's house.
It was 2 O'Clock break time for the construction crew.
I jumped from a pile of dirt to arrive at the rear of the "steam shovel"-Digger and hid inside even though the operator left it idling, "Nobody would ever think I would be hiding in here!"
As I barely balanced on a thin ledge inside the big engine room next to the massive engine thumping away slowly, belts, gears were spinning, eager to chew me up if I happened to lose my balance (real "smart", huh?)
As I was focused upon looking to see where my playmates were in the game I didn't notice the machine operator return from his break, the first thing he did was rev up the big engine (I'm balancing beside) It was deafening right there beside it inside that steel "room".
I jumped out and down to the dirt pile and ran as fast as I could for half a block, ending up under a neighbor's porch, then I felt my knees twitching from the fear, adreniline?
I was weak in the knees! Now I knew what people meant when they said that phrase!
I have done alot of running after that in my life but never felt that again!
I recently filled some blank walls here with cartoon drawings showing the numerous times I almost got killed or seriously injured in my life. I had forgotten there were so many of these instances until I began drawing them!

05-28-2010, 11:34 AM
Not scared as muck as i was shocked. the haunt i work at is actually haunted. we had this thing where fake spikes would rase up when someone pulled a rope and when you let them go it would be really loud. well we were standing around talking and the guy that pulls the spikes up and down is holding the ropes and when he tries to pull them the ropes wont budge but the spikes are raising. i was standing on a platform so i could see if anyone else was pulling them but nope. must be the haunted souls of the furnace

witch i woman
09-13-2010, 12:07 PM
One night while working in a haunted house I had 2 rooms to work. To get between the 2 rooms there was a doorway that lead from the hidden passages for the actors to in between my 2 rooms with curtains on either side. I scared group in room B and could hear the next group getting close quicker than they should have been, so I took off running and pulled back the curtain and with out looking ran straight into the lead person in group A. I screamed and went running the other direction... the funny thing was they screamed and took off into room A... Someone must have left a secret door cracked and they went into a door instead of down the hall they should have come down. I'm not sure who was more frightened... me or them. After I regained my composure I had to lead them out of room A because there was a fence surrounding them, but they were not going back through that curtain.

09-13-2010, 09:29 PM
Yes and I love it when it happens. Because If I get creeped out or scared in the haunt then the regular guests well they don't have prayer Mwhahahahahahahahahaha.

09-14-2010, 04:17 AM
Didn't get "scared" per se (Well, actually I kind of did, but only because of the paranormal activity that happened occasionally in the abandoned theater that we were in...), but I DID refuse to go in one of our rooms because it was just that damn unnerving.

Last year one of our maze's was Silent Hill themed. Well the second to last room was a roomful of the faceless nurses and it was pitch black with a false flashlight beam that scanned it which was when the actresses would start doing the nurse walk. Well, one and only one time I tried to go through there after closing. I took two steps knowing full well there was noone in the building, and my flashlight caught one of the mannequin nurses and I said "Oh hell no." and turned right back around. I can only imagine how bad they must have gotten the guest when there were actual actresses in there.

09-14-2010, 11:41 AM
I find it hard to become scared now. Though In my early years I was just a decorator and nearly S*** my pants once when I let my guard down at a haunt. Now however I find it hard to become scared but not impossible. Before now starting a haunt of my own or even before I got my chainsaw and just ran people off my lawn I helped a haunt in old town Temecula known as haunted old town when done. I would be there lab rat. When it was done I got complete access and I would pretend to be a victim and put my hood on. I knew every spot and I would go and scare the actors from behind. Now every haunt I go through I anger actors when I say "oh hello there" when they come out to scare. Though one time from behind me I heard a female go “he’s cute”. Then I worked at a home with a huge 20 year old haunt in his back yard. I nearly gave the owner a heart attack when working on it. Fear is something I find it more fascinating than horrifying and I try to study it when going through a haunt.

Anyone else feel the same?

Jim Warfield
09-14-2010, 10:32 PM
So many different ways it becomes expressed.
Here in Ravens Grin we "Identify" a fear, laugh at it, then go on to something else. Which is incredibly cheap psycho therapy, as pointed out to me many years ago by a former classmate of mine who became a psychiatrist and author/lecturer.
I love lulling them, having many lights "On", and still scaring them! Then watch and listen to them as they realise what scared them was as mundane, common and harmless as say, a garbage bag! (Just a garbage bag, with nothing in it.) (Or my face, no make-up!)
Here is a real study point in fear: I was on one side of a big plexiglass display window, hidden out of sight as the lights blinked slowly off & on. A customer stopped to look in the window with his face very close to the plexiglass as the light blinked on and now I was perfectly lines up across from him eyeball to eyeball, retina to retina!
I was the one doing the scare, yet what felt like some electrical current seemed to pass between us via this plexiglass-insulated connection via the eyes as the light blinked "On"!
It was so incredible!

I also like to create a fearful concept that is not very normal...then give that an unexpected twist. It really gets people thinking (unless they just can't think at all anyway.)
So the unusual occurs, they begin to anticipate what will befall them next, then something totally unexpected happens.
My Brother and I worked some customers back and forth between us , it was classic and hysterical!
I would be on one side of them first and scare them by just being there, then I would look passed them and get a look of fear on my face, they would turn to see what I was looking at, as my Brother came up on the other side with a white sheet over him, then he would take off the sheet , look back my way, they would turn their head and I would be gone! (Waiting to appear after they turned their head again toward my Brother! And of course scare them again!)
It helped to have a very genuinely scary room wrapped around us all too. (The wine cellar)

09-15-2010, 04:13 AM
Yeah, I actually hadn't been acting or working a haunt for more than a couple of days when I realized that very little actually gets me spooked. A lot of that is because when going through any maze I look for what *I* would do to scare someone. lol. It's the stuff that even I don't expect that do get me and rarely do they do much more than make me startle a little or jump a little. lol.

09-15-2010, 11:45 AM
When I used to be the GM at Night of Fright the actors would try to scare me..... It never worked because I always knew they were gunnin for me. Never had the customers scare me either... But when I was working alone painting a room one particular evening I started hearing things. I'm all alone and there was intermittent noises coming for the very next room. I grabbed my 6d cell mag light , ready to clock someone over the head....and went on a search to see who the hell was "F"ing with me. I found no one....needles to say I locked up and called it a night. It just unnerved me to an extent that I could not shake the feeling of being watched!

Now on the other hand the dude that owned the place...well I probably made him jump out of his skin some where around 159 times in about 6 or 7 years. Mostly by accident and because out of habit I would walk into a room with stealth.
Dave B

09-15-2010, 04:59 PM
Dave B, you used to GM at Night of Fright? I used to stop there all the time when I would visit Kings Island.

Jim Warfield
09-15-2010, 08:05 PM
Did you think the noises from the other room were being made by people or ghosts?
Would one of these possibilitys frighten you more than the other?
Or maybe just that lingering doubt did it? The curse of not knowing..and never finding out?
Could it have been that owner you scared 159 times? It could be his perfect revenge,dis allowing you to never find out the truth via his absence that night.
I used to do a very simple thing here that scared most people, but I would always tell them before the tour was over that I had done it. I didn't want anyone to think they had an actual supernatural experience if it was just something of my doing.
Recently a customer was up close to me speaking in hushed tones about "something" that some of them had just "experienced" here! I quickly told him, "I made it happen." I guess he didn't happen to just look up and see the steel cable that opened the door for them...that I was pulling on the end of...25 feet away, around the corner,,waiting for them.
Yessir! Nothing but "High-Tech" found here!

09-15-2010, 10:03 PM
@ Jim... At first I thought it was a person or an animal, but when I could find nothing... well , I along with many others believe the place had something paranormal about it. As far as it being the bossman, could not have been.....He was in Florida at the time.

@ BruiseMuse... Yes , I was an actor from 1994 thru 1997 and General Manager 1998 thru 2000. I was the big bald guy with the long goatee ...lol.

Jim Warfield
09-15-2010, 11:44 PM
Very big sounds eminating from very small critters or even insects. Those noises are louder during the stillness of late hours too.
Tree frogs, chicadas, top the list, time for a tour12:44 they are here now!

09-16-2010, 04:25 AM
Well I never found out what it ended up being. It could have been "nothing" but at the time it sure seemed like" something"

09-16-2010, 07:54 PM
Working on haunted trail through corn field before opening one night. Came across the machete stuck blade down in trail where I swear I did not leave it. hairs stood up on back of neck.

Many nights at grain bins (not in haunt area) I get same feeling. Many years ago Ethiopia was on news day after day for famine they were going through. In a dream I opened my grain bins feeding thousands who set up rag tag camps in my fields. One boy helped me distribute the food to those who could not walk any longer. Fianaly he was through helping others and came back to wheat bin for his turn to eat. The bin auger ran empty then. He smiled at me; fell into my arms; died of starvation in my arms. Only time I have ever woken up screaming. Every now and then I get a cold feeling at bins and the hairs stand up on back of my neck again..

Jim Warfield
09-18-2010, 01:23 AM
Memories inherited from our ancestors? via DNA.
I have had feelings of unease when standing close to large rusty metal water tanks. Besides the real possibility of them bursting and drowning me (not really that real) maybe my inherited ancient "memories" see these objects as some large animal that would do significant bodily harm to me?

Dr. Giggles
09-24-2010, 02:21 PM
First night, a newbie got me. Slightly embarassed about it actually. He is gunna do great this season. I came around a corner making sure everyone was OK(roving) and checking if anyone needed a bathroom break. He leapt in. He was standing on one of the trash cans around the corner.
Sadly I had to tell him that was a nono because a broken leg/ankle or sprained is no bueno. But he got me pretty good.