Saturday, July 19, 2008

Fright Night

Last night we decided to visit what is supposed to be one of Gatlinburg's scariest places, The Mysterious Mansion. Just the appearance of the mansion upon arrival is enough to make the hair stand up on end. In the driveway is a vintage hearse and at night the mansion is all aglow in purple. Only 5 of us were brave enough or should I say foolish enough to give it a try. Prior to arriving I had searched on the internet and found that it was supposed to be one of the top 5 haunted houses in the country. It started to go downhill when we were waiting in line to buy tickets. As I was paying, we heard my husband say whoa! Poor Brenna made the mistake of turning around to see that a clown was standing behind us in the lobby. I can only say she went from nervous laughter to absolute horror and shrieking in an instant for she is completely terrified of clowns(hey, some people's fears are weirder than others). I had to physically remove her off of me just to be able to pay! After dragging her with me through the entrance we found ourselves in a parlor that looked like it jumped out of an 1800's victorian house complete with a talking skeleton in the corner. I would like to tell you what it said but I couldn't hear a word over Brenna's sobbing with a few screams mixed in. My husband was the brave one and went first. Ok, not really we kind of forced him to! I can only say that it was at that moment when we went through the first door that I pretty much figured that I had made the dumbest mistake of my life by not choosing to visit the Guinness Museum! Unlike most haunted houses, this particular one does not rely on animatronics but real actors instead. We found ourselves in a dark hallway all five of us crammed so close together I couldn't tell who was who. I had to put my arm around Brenna's shoulders not only for comfort but to be able to get her to move down the hallway all the while yelling in her ear "There are no clowns! There are no clowns!", what I didn't tell her was that there was a clown standing right next to her just waiting for her to open her eyes lucky for me I kept screaming at her to keep her eyes shut! We clumsily wandered through this horror show plundering from one scare to another. At one point one of the actors dropped down from above us in a hallway, I thought Damien was going to have a heart attack. He was the poor schmuck who got stuck last in line. He kept yelling "Walk faster! Walk faster!". We FINALLY got out of there. I don't know who was more relieved me or the kids. I didn't know how much effort it took to keep three kids from completely bowling over John and I. I was more exhausted from holding them back than from being terrified. I can honestly say that this was one activity that was completely worth the money and is an experience we will be talking about for a very long time.

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