I hugely apologize for the lateness, I was working through a big patch of writer's block.
Back in October, I went on a trip with my school to Markov's Haunted Forest. The school also went last year, but I was too scared to come. And to be honest, at first, I was pretty scared this year too.
Fifteen minutes before the group left for the Haunted Forest, my friend Rachel and I made a mad dash to Chipotle. We were really hungry, and we had agreed earlier to go together.
When we got there though, there was a really long line for Chipotle, so we just went to Noodles & Company. There was nothing there I really liked, though, so Rachel got her meal and we got back just in time, and met up with Zachary and the rest of the group.
By the time we got to the Haunted Forest, I was pretty freaked out, and I was having second thoughts about going. At the ticketing booth, the ticket taker was wearing a monster mask, and he grabbed my shirt as I walked through.
That pretty much freaked me out, but I reluctantly continued the the entrance of the haunted forest. I came up with an idea and asked Rachel to borrow her earbuds. As we walked in, I started playing music on my iPod, which took away half of the scariness. You'd be surprised how not-scary skeletons and chainsaw-wielding maniacs are when you hear "Gangnam Style" or "It's the End of the World As We Know It" playing in the background.
For most of the time, a classmate, Maya, was clinging to the back of my sweater. She's usually the one targeted the most by the people in costume, because she reacts the most. Having her nearer to me sort of diverted most of the attention away from me, so that's what you'd call "symbiotic".
Soon, I started to talk to the people in costume like they were normal people, about the stock market and stuff, partly to get rid of some of the scariness, and partly to weird them out.
After it was finally over, I realized that I hadn't screamed once, and I punched a fist in the air. I went around the fair part of the haunted forest with Rachel, and then we started the long bus ride home.
My computer is broken, so I could not get pictures in.
Colin O'Donnell, an awesome, inventing, gaming Aspergers kid on his various exploits.