Being fearful and afraid doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun, so why do we watch horror movies, jump out of airplanes, and go all out on Halloween to scare the crap out of ourselves? Looking through our own history, fear has served a number of purposes such as building unity within groups (“Stay away from those outsiders, I heard they eat their own young”); prepare kids for the scary world (“Watch out for those used car salesmen”); and of course to control behavior (“Stay tuned to find out if the creeper has been spotted in your neighborhood”). However, that doesn’t explain why I want to watch Freddy Krueger terrorize a bunch of teens.
Apparently science can explain everything, so here it is. When we get scared we trigger the “fight or flight” reaction, which dumps adrenaline into our blood stream. This rush is like a drug that intensifies our experiences and heightens our senses. We feels supercharged and alive. However, this is only half of the equation. The other ingredient that will help you enjoy a scary situation, is knowing you are in a safe place. We like the rush of getting scared, yet knowing that Freddy Krueger isn’t real and won’t be coming after us. You get the rush, without getting murdered. I guess it’s like getting drunk with no consequences or hang overs.
So before your family does an intervention and sends you off to Hazelden for their adrenaline junkie program, head down to Escape Frenzy this Halloween and play our Haunted House escape room. There’s plenty of creepy going on, and you probably won’t get killed. Book now before you start having fear withdrawals.
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