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Old 10-31-06, 11:58 PM   #1
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Were You Ever Scared/Affected During Halloween Night?

On Halloween night in 1996, I attended a tour of a haunted house on the University of Maine Farmington campus. The building in question was one I had never been in, decorated for the current occaision or not.
Among the numerous rooms that the group was lead through we were eventually lead to the one which was supposed to be the scariest - a mock-up of a torture chamber. This room was also equipped with strobe lights that blinked faster than ones in the average discotech. There, a cast of individuals gave a maniacal performance which normally turned the clothing one wore from clean to soiled in short order.

For me, something went wrong; terribly wrong. While the rest of the tour group went through the predictable antics of being terrified and then moved on, all I could do was stand still, unable to move, unable to speak. The flashing strobe lights had brought on a petit mal epileptic seizure which scared me more than any Halloween event. Eventually, someone helped me to a grassy area outside where I sat until I recovered and returned to my dorm room.

Were you ever scared and/or affected during Halloween?

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Old 11-01-06, 07:14 AM   #2
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No, but I think a couple of the kids that came to my house last night will need therapy.
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Not me, but I'll rat out my daughter.

I need to preface this by noting how freaked-out she got as a young child when I so much as put on a mask on while she watched until she was about 5. Anyhow, when she was almost three, I took her trick or treating around the condo complex we lived in at the time. I was wearing a long, olive green trenchcoat and had a hat on. I had been walking her all the way up to each door, and had gotten her to say "trick or treat" with a great deal of prompting. After about a dozen doors, she seemed to be catching on to the routine, so when we arrived at the walk with several other trick-or-treaters (including a couple of older kids), I hung back and let her go to the door with them. She did fine, got her candy, and then tugged the arm of one of the older kids (who also happened to be wearing an olive trenchcoat). When he looked down at her, she saw the scary latex mask that he was wearing, and let out a bloodcurdling scream and burst into tears. I quickly came to her rescue, but despite having been out less than 30 minutes, no amount of reassurance could get her to resume further activity that night.
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Yes, but Halloween had nothing to do with it but coincidence.

I was about 9 or 10 and on the way home from trick-or-treating. I was almost home...just down the street from my house when a HUGE red pickup truck (monster truck size) was going down the road, and I saw my dog run out of nowhere and get hit by the truck. I was mortified.

The dog was not hurt bad enough to be immobile, so in terror it ran off. I was lucky, later, to find that it was not my dog but another dog nearby that looked almost identical. Maybe it was wearing a halloween costume of my dog. Anyway....in the end, it wasn't my dog, and the dog that was hit, was not hurt too badly.

But it sure ruined my Halloween night for a short time until I found my dog was ok.
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Old 11-01-06, 03:01 PM   #5
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Yes. About 10 years ago when I was stationed in FL, I had a perfect house to "haunt". Huge old tree in the front yard with plenty of hanging Spanish Moss, leaves, bushes and the streetlights weren't in front of my house. It was in a pretty nice and full neighborhood where you'd expect tons of kids to be out and about trick or treating.

For a couple of days prior to the big night, I gleefully went about haunting the place. Gauze spider webs, ghosts hanging from the tree, other assorted creatures set up all around to make approching the place a bit "scary". To top it off, I had a haunted noises CD set up and playing out the window all evening.

How many kids do you think apprecited my efforts? None. Zip. Zero. Nada. Not a single one! And it wasn't that I did too good of a job, there were none out on the street all evening! I was amazed. It was my first year in that house, so I was obviously disappointed. For the next couple of years there'd be maybe less than 10 kids each halloween.

Anyway, I haven't bothered to go all out like that since.
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Not seriously ...but as I was watching a horror movie last night, a huge waterbug jumped on my face.

That was not good...not good.
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Last night I was. The evening had been uneventful so my friend and I were sitting in his room when we start to hear all this yelling right next to his window, then we hear what sounds like the back door opening, then more screaming. After a pause in the noise long enough for us to arm ourselves (louisville slugger and kryptonite), we start to panic our friend who was on his way over had taken way too is now not anwsering his phone. Next is the knock on the door! We creep out of the room into our hallway to see satan herself! Not really, but another friend just stopping by to say hi. She was almost destroyed!
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On Halloween night in 1996, I attended a tour of a haunted house on the University of Maine Farmington campus. The building in question was one I had never been in, decorated for the current occaision or not.
Among the numerous rooms that the group was lead through we were eventually lead to the one which was supposed to be the scariest - a mock-up of a torture chamber. This room was also equipped with strobe lights that blinked faster than ones in the average discotech. There, a cast of individuals gave a maniacal performance which normally turned the clothing one wore from clean to soiled in short order.

For me, something went wrong; terribly wrong. While the rest of the tour group went through the predictable antics of being terrified and then moved on, all I could do was stand still, unable to move, unable to speak. The flashing strobe lights had brought on a petit mal epileptic seizure which scared me more than any Halloween event. Eventually, someone helped me to a grassy area outside where I sat until I recovered and returned to my dorm room.

Were you ever scared and/or affected during Halloween?

Some time in 2000, watching the Yanks vs Atlanta Game 6 of the world series. It was late in the night past tricker treating. Our pumpkins where stolen then filled with urine by some of our young neighbors and then thrown at our front door. Messed up the door pretty bad, scared the living hell out of my family members.
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Old 11-01-06, 06:25 PM   #9
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Yeah, I pissed off my first crush on halloween night....that sucked.

The rest of them, pretty good....got lots of candy, and the pizza place was giving free bite sized pieces of pizza every years.

As for being scared....nah. Startled a few times, but never scared.
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