October is in full swing. Leaves are changing, temperatures are cooling, pumpkin flavored everything is probably in the air, and Halloween is right around the corner. So what better way to enjoy the season than checking out haunted houses?
There are many different haunted houses or trails all over the United States, and just as many skeptics who don't believe they can be scared. A California couple might have the answer to silence the doubters with "The 17th Door."
Robbie and Heather Luther created a haunted house so terrifying and creepy that the Los Angeles Times calls it "the most innovative haunted experience," and requires a waiver to be signed before entry. The couple had no previous experience in making a haunted house, but have created one of the most popularly terrifying attractions in Tustin, California.
"There's a lot going on, where it's very interactive and immersive and kind of invades your space," Heather said. "You will get touched and you might get wet."
"The 17th Door" is based on the mind of a troubled
University freshman, Paula, who has personal inner demons that are manifested in each of the terrifying rooms.
Going through the haunted house has guests spend 90 seconds in 17 different rooms. Each room is very detailed with an individual theme, with intensity growing as one travels from room to room. One cannot leave the room easily, with the doors being closed until one is allowed out or you shout "mercy." The final room has guests stay in there the longest, where the most screams occur, according to the LA Times.
"My original plan was to do a haunted house so extreme and awesome that it would get protested by all these groups and then I would get shut down," Robbie said of his design of the haunted house, which began coming to life as early as April this year.
The house has only been open since the beginning of October, with hundreds visiting the haunted house every night and the safety word definitely being used. If you're up for the challenge, "The 17th Door" is open on select days in October and tickets range from $21 to $35.