Are haunted houses too scary for children?

A: Indoor haunted houses are usually more scary and intense. Outdoor scream parks and hayrides are generally better for families and kids. Most haunted attractions do not recommend children under 12, but leave the decision to the parent’s discretion.

Do the actors touch you in haunted houses?

A: Most haunted house attractions do not allow the actors to touch the patrons, and you are never allowed to touch them. You can check the FAQ page of any attraction to see if they allow touching. Those that do generally have a waiver to sign before allowing you to enter.

Do haunted houses have on-site food?

A: Most outdoor scream parks and haunted hayrides have hot food onsite, and most indoor haunted houses do not. Be sure to check their FAQ page to see if they do.

When do you recommend I attend a haunted house?

A: For the best experience, you should attend a haunted house before October 15th, or on any weekday. This will allow you to have the least amount of lines and the best experience inside the attractions. Also, you should arrive right before the attraction opens so that you are one of the first ones in line. The actors are fully energized at the beginning of a night, so they can show off their full athleticism if you come early in the night.

Am I allowed to wear costumes to haunted attractions?

A: Costumes are usually permitted with the exception of oversized costumes, masks, and handheld items. But to be sure, please check their FAQ page.

Am I able to buy tickets ahead of time to haunted attractions?

A: Yes! Haunted houses allow you to purchase tickets online instead of at the box office. We highly recommend this to avoid waiting in line to buy tickets.

Is there more than one type of admission ticket?

A: Yes, there is General Admission which is cheapest but incurs a wait time in line. For a little bit more money, haunted house attractions have a Fast Pass option, which costs more but allows you cut your wait time by two-thirds.

Furthermore, some haunted attractions allow you to buy one, two, or multiple attractions at their outdoor scream park in case you are on a budget.

What is the refund policy for haunted houses?

A: Most haunted house attractions do not allow refunds or exchanges.

What is the age demographic for haunted houses?

A: Indoor haunted attractions: ages 18-39. Outdoor scream parks and haunted hayrides: ages 13-49.

If I have tickets and miss the event on the night I wanted to go, am I allowed to use the ticket for another night?

A: Most likely! You are usually able to use the ticket for any night the haunt is open. Be sure to check the policies for each haunt on their FAQ page.

If I come near the end of October, will there be long lines?

A: Most definitely. Be sure to arrive early in October or on any weekday to avoid the long lines.

Are food or drinks allowed inside the attractions?

A: No, food and drinks must be kept outside the haunted attractions.

Do haunted hayrides go through woods?

A: Some do, but it depends on the location. Others drive through cornfields.

How many people are allowed in a haunted house at a time?

A: In order to let everyone have the fullest experience, haunted houses usually limit group sizes to a maximum of six patrons. Large groups take away from the experience for everyone in the group. You can check the haunted attraction’s FAQ page to know for sure.

Am I allowed to take pictures or videos inside the haunted house?

A: No, you will be warned and/or escorted out of the attraction if you take photos or videos inside a haunted house. You may, however, take photos on the outside premises of most haunted houses or scream parks, such as the midways.

What do you recommend I not wear when attending a haunted attraction?

A: Do not wear high heels, open-toed shoes, jewelry, or costumes that include a mask or a handheld accessory. In addition, leave lighters, e-cigarettes, pocket knives, and valuables at home or in the trunk of your car.

What can I not bring with me inside a haunted attraction?

A: Lighters, e-cigarettes, pocket-knives, masks, hand-held accessories, jewelry, and sometimes purses/bags are not allowed inside the haunted houses. We recommend leaving them at home or the trunk of your car.

What could get me ejected from a haunted house?

A: If you arrive intoxicated, if you purposefully touch the props or actors, or if you take photos/videos inside the attractions.

Are the attractions handicap accessible?

A: Most likely! By law, haunted house attractions should be accessible to persons with disabilities. To be sure, you can check their FAQ page.

Will a haunted attraction be cancelled for bad weather?

A: Sometimes. If it is raining or snowing outside, the best place to check is the attraction’s Facebook page to see if they are closed that night.

Are there discounts for large groups?

A: Sometimes a haunted house attraction will grant groups of more than 20 people a discount. The best way to find out is by emailing them.

How do I get a job at a haunted house?

A: If you would like to be an actor, makeup artist, or event staff member at a haunted attraction, we recommend applying in August. Haunted houses will usually host audition days in August and September.

Can I go through if I am pregnant or have broken bones or casts?

A: We highly advise that you not attend under either of these circumstances.

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