While browing my Bloglines feeds this morning, I ran across a link to this article: 13 Haunted Houses That Will Make You Wet Your Pants. None of the ones listed are near me, but I drive through Kansas City's main haunted house district on my way to and from work every day, so I've been thinking about them lately.
My primary thought: I don't want to pay money to be scared.
It costs $20 to go through one of the elaborate haunted houses here and the line can stretch for blocks. Once you're in, you stumble through the strobe-light accented darkness, occasionally accosted by weapon-wielding people in costume. At the end, you're shoved down a multi-story slide of which your chiropractor would NOT approve, and the next thing you know, it's "This Way to the Egress" and it's only been 15 minutes since you walked in the door.
When it comes to expensive scares, it's not just haunted houses I dislike. I don't like scary movies or roller coasters either. I'm also exceedingly unlikely to ever skydive or bungee jump.
For whatever reason, I'm content to keep my adrenaline levels on an even keel. Oh, and I'm cheap, too, so there's that.
What about you?