I awoke in the wee hours of the morning to realize I was drenched in sweat, my covers and sheets twisted into knots around my body in response to my thrashing. My pillows lay on the other side of the room, thrown angrily at imaginary demons. My teeth were sore from grinding and my jaw muscles ached from clenching.
As a mother trying to parent in the 21st century, I do my best to warn my kids of the dangers out there in the world. Today with the advent of a digital network that connects the entire world in seconds, our new reality is a cozy place where people (even the dangerous sort) have access to our children.
Snuggling on the sofa with my eight-year daughter one evening, a commercial for the nightly news hinted of a sensational story about the 2016 political candidates. My daughter looked at me, with sadness in her eyes, "Mommy, I don't want Trump to be president." "Why is that, baby?" I ask. "Because half of my friends would disappear from school!"
Going through a haunted house is obviously a terrifying experience, but working as one of the monsters in a haunt can be scary for totally different reasons. Who knows how frightened people are going to react or what someone might do after they've had a few drinks. We asked several haunted house workers to share the craziest thing they've experienced while working on the job. Here are some of the best ones.