Friday, October 28, 2011

The Haunted Date

This week I went on a date. It wasn't with my wife. That was my sensationalist opening line that's supposed to draw you in. Are you drawn in? If not, there's not much I can do to keep you around. I'll just cut my losses and send you to see dancing badgers.

For the rest of you that are still around, I have a story to tell. You see, I love Halloween. I love scary movies. I love wearing cool costumes. Most of all, I love haunted houses. When I was single, one of my most beloved traditions was that every year I would take a girl to a haunted house. I went with the hopes that something would frighten me, but it was important to take a girl so that I could be amused when she was frightened, even if I wasn't.

I always figured I would find someone who I would fall in love with and take her to a haunted house every year for the rest of my life.  (Ahh the naivete of youth)  Then I met Robyn. It turned out I loved her even though she is much too frightened of haunted houses. Naturally, we got married.

The sad part of the story is that I hadn't been to a haunted house since beginning to date Robyn. (She did try to go to a haunted house. That's how much she loves me. But it didn't really work out.)

But then I saw a commercial for the Haunted Circus. The commercial was seriously creepy. I knew deep down in my soul that I needed to go. I also knew that it was important to bring a girl for screaming purposes and that girl wasn't going to be my wife. That's when I got the brilliant idea to ask my little sister Mellen (Her name is MariEllen but I call her Mellen because that's how I roll.) on a date. We had lots of fun. She even screamed properly when she was supposed to.

This is how precious we looked before we went in.
I have a few other pictures to share.  At my wife's request, I am not posting them directly, you'll have to follow links.  Remember that one time I had that creepy night visitor? Remember how I told the story and posted some creepy images to go along with it? I got in big trouble for that.  Robyn made it clear that I am not allowed to be scary on my blog or else she will never read it again.  She told me she doesn't want to see any pictures from the haunted circus.  So I am respecting that and only linking to them. (But be warned.  They're not very scary.  So click on them at your own risk.)

When we got there, there was a giant creepy clown roaming around the entrance.  I asked him if I could have a picture with him.  Mellen said that having him pose for a picture ruined his creepiness.

Later, I made Mellen pose with a creepy clown.

Then she had me pose with one. She told me I didn't look scared enough, so this is my scared face.

We had good times together.  She clearly wasn't the most screamy girl there, but I was totally okay with that. There was one part where we came out of one of the circus trailers and there was a guy standing there with an ax.  I commented that he was kind of creepy and Mellen agreed.  He said he was offended by that, and was going to have to chop off her head.  I tried to explain to him that that kind of rhetoric might be the reason that he's coming off as creepy.  He didn't seem to want to reason with me.

I did actually get frightened a couple times.  There was one strange headless creature that ran at me and really surprised me.  I didn't scream or anything, I just kind of giggled.  Mellen said it was really funny.  After the initial shock wore off I told the creature that I really liked him and I gave him a high five.

All in all, it was an excellent date.  Mellen and I agreed that we need to make it an annual event.  Aren't sisters great?


  1. Haha...I'm loving your "scared" face! Sounds like a good time! I used to be into haunted houses too, but somehow over the years I've lost my braveness and I'm too skeered to go anymore! :)

  2. I'm glad you got to go to a haunted house. I'm of Robyn's persuasion on the whole scary Halloween thing, but I'm still glad you got to enjoy yourself.

  3. You have an amazing sister! I am so grateful that she was able to go and have fun with you. This is mostly because it frees me from every having to try to go to a haunted house again!

  4. I had lots of fun with you and I'm excited for next year! Also I like being a star in your blog post, I definitely should be more often. Thanks again for the fun date!

  5. I'm so glad that you got to go to the haunted circus. It did look scary and stuff. I'm also glad that Robyn didn't have to go. I feel you have a good system with Mellen. You should just be scary with Mellen and not Robyn.

  6. It's true you have an amazing sister that likes to go to haunted houses with you. Maybe one year I will be brave and be a threesome on your date. BTW I loved the pictures!!

  7. How fun. You have a very good sister. But just one. This one wouldn't go to be a screamy girl at a haunted house with you. :)

  8. Thank you Robyn for making Jeff post the creepy pix elsewhere.

  9. How fun to go with your sister! I'm not sure if I will ever go to a haunted anything. We'll see...maybe one year I will have the desire and be brave.

  10. Sisters are great. I don't have any, but I am one, therefore I know they're great.


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