Concerning aspects of haunted houses during Halloween.
With a loud creak and a distant squeak,
The haunted house made a spooky sound.
Home of creeps and many freaks,
A place where monsters can be found.
You should be daunted this place is haunted,
For it rests on unhallowed ground.
Don’t make a noise girls and boys,
In this place you wouldn’t want to be around!
Haunted houses have been around for quite a long time. Referred to as far back as ancient Rome almost 2,000 years ago, the world has a real history of the haunted. The idea of restless spirits inhabiting a home is something many people from all around the world have believed in for a long time, many souls actually claiming to have seen or heard the uncanny. Some of the most famous haunted houses include, The Borley Rectory and the Tower of London in England, along with The Whaley House, The Myrtles Plantation and the Stanley Hotel in America. The use of haunted houses in fiction has shown up in stories for hundreds of years, used to create a spooky atmosphere in gothic tales and other fables. The most famous early ones being, “The Fall of the House of Usher” in 1845 by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Turn of the Screw” in 1898 by Henry James. In moves, some of the most popular haunted house films were, House on Haunted Hill in 1959 and The Haunting in 1963, along with the two more modern films The Amityville Horror in 1979 and The Shining in 1980. The amount of fictional haunted houses in books and movies out there would be enough to fill a city. Finally the last form of haunted houses is the dark ride attractions at amusement parks. They were especially popular in the mid 20th century, but have slowly died out. With of course Disney’s Haunted Mansion being the king of haunted house rides.
When it comes to Halloween, there are two types of haunted houses, the first and most common are the neighborhood homes decorated in a haunted house fashion. With spooky pictures in the window, manikins dressed as ghost and monsters, carved jack-o’-lanterns, smoke machines, fake cobwebs, and creepy music or sound FX playing from the home sound system. This is the type you will find all over the place and if you are brave enough to venture up to its door, you will likely be rewarded with some candy treats. The second type Halloween Haunted Houses are the scare attractions, they pop up around town by late September though all of October. These tend to be really fun and sometimes really scary. From amateurish blood fests to really good recreations of scenes from horror movies, these freaky haunts can give quite a thrill for the dollar bill. The most well known of these types are Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios and Knott’s Scary Farm, which host a number of great haunted houses. While haunted houses didn’t really become associated with the Halloween holiday until the 20th century, it is now a very popular way to celebrate the holiday. Enter if you dare!