With pounding hearts and clenched fists, these less-than-brave souls are easy to spot for trained actors and become the perfect bait for a Halloween scare.
"Each year I see hundreds of terrified faces standing in line, wishing for the whole experience to be over," said Glenn Rea producer of the Nest. "What they don't know is that by showing their fear, they actually become an easy to spot target for our actors."
But the fear is real; about 1.8 million American adults over 18 years of age suffer agoraphobia, which involves intense fear and anxiety of any place or situation where escape might be difficult, according to a recent report by the National Institute of Mental Health.
That's why the Nest Haunted House in Chandler, Arizona leverages some of the most common phobias in the haunt's layout. From darkness to claustrophobia, clowns, creepy crawlies and human deformities, scary surprises lurk around every corner.
According to Rea, "no matter what your fear is, you'll have to face it at The Nest."
That's why Rea is taking mercy on those that would truly rather not be there. Here are Glenn Rea's top 5 tips for surviving a night at The Nest.
1. Grin and bear it. No matter how scared you are, don' t show your fear.
2. Go first or last in your group, most of the actors know to pick out those who hide in the middle.
3. Remember that actors CANNOT touch you (. as long as you don't touch them first.)
4. When walking through dark, confined spaces know that the haunt is built so that you will not hit your head or fall down, you can walk with confidence. If our actors see you crouch or take careful steps, they know they can easily spook you.
5. And if you're still scared, sell out your friends. When you walk into a new section point to one of your friends and yell out what their greatest fear is and watch the actors have a ball with it. By defusing the focus off of you, you get off the scare hook.
The NEST Haunted House is located at RAWHIDE, 5700 W North Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ 85048
You can visit The NEST Haunted House on October 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, the 30, and most importantly on Halloween night.
HOURS: Fridays and Saturdays 7:00 PM until 12:00 MID
Thursdays and Sundays 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM