It’s that bitter time of the year where stinky little goblins dressed up as kids dressed up as hoodlums start invading neighborhoods and asking for free candy. Holding their little pillowcases out, saying Trick or Treat. They are trying to get something from my good candy stash, but I know better than that. I always offer them my fresh apples with razor blades or the free toothbrushes I got from my dentist. I didn’t win worst trick or treat hander out guy for 10 years in a row by not being creative with my tricks. Luckily, they are super not thankful, so I don’t feel bad at all when they give me their painted on grumpy face.
There are other festivities around this time of year like corn mazes and stupid parties, but the best part are the haunted houses. Problem being that haunted houses use old standby trick like making them really dark, or scaring you with silence, then surprising you. I think it is time for haunted houses to undertake a much needed bitter upgrade. Here are my ideas:
Haunted House number one: A house full of hair. Prepare to be scared out of your mind. Or even worse, your hair. Hair is the most terrifying thing ever. Keep that stuff out of my cereal, out of my brush, out of the sink. In fact, my head is so terrified and frightened of hair that it is actively pushing it from off the top of my head. And the hair that I do have, stands on end whenever it sees other hairs. Utterly terrifying.
Haunted House number two: Talking to people. A haunted house where they turn ON the lights, and trap you in a room with people that like to talk. And they ask you questions, and want you to answer. Surround you with small talk. Ask you about your day. Wonder what you are for Halloween, even though it is painfully obvious. LET ME OUT OF HERE!
Haunted House number three: This house of absolute horrors, a room full of blackboards with math equations like in Good Will Hunting. There is no escape until you solve them all. Just so you know, I’m still in the addition room. Please send help, with answers. I know 5+6, but don’t have enough fingers to figure out 6+5! Heelp!
Haunted house number four: This nightmare has happened in real life, but not for long. It’s not the dark that I’m afraid of, it’s the lack of entertainment. No internet, no TV, and even worse…your battery on your phone is below….20%. Please. Anything but that. Please…send a charger…and an electrical plug…
Haunted House number five: Perhaps scarier than all the rest. A haunted house that has created the illusion that the world no longer has the ability to create cheese. The cows have gone off the plantation, there is no beef, or milk. I can live without those things for a little while, but the other day, I was trying to calculate the amount of cheese that has entered my body and I think the number was infinity pounds? I honestly don’t know what a day would be like without the creamy, zesty, flaborful, uh I mean flavorful taste of cheese. Please don’t make me go inside that haunted house.
Enough of the scares. I’m going to need to go to get a bagel with cheese before I have real nightmares about cheese disappearing from my life.
Bitter Nightmares Ben