The Science of Haunted Houses


There's a lot more going on at your local haunted attraction than costumes and chainsaws. In this episode, Robert and Julie venture to Atlanta's Netherworld Haunted House to learn about the science and art behind the ghoulish shenanigans.

The Science of Haunted Houses

I love haunted houses, so I've been venturing out to Atlanta's Netherworld Haunted House for years now.

Netherworld regularly ranks as one of the top haunted attractions in the United States, so Julie and I decided to cover the art and science of haunted houses for the podcast. We chatted with co-owner Ben Armstrong, who was awesome enough to share his wisdom and give Julie a behind-the-scenes tour of Netherworld's dark halls.

As you'll learn in the episode, there's a lot more going on at your local haunted attraction than monster costumes and chainless chainsaws. Organizers use a host of outlandish and subtle ways to mess with your brain. Among other things you'll learn:

* Which stink pellets stink the most (and which ones Julie was sprayed with).

* What I thought of religious haunted houses growing up.

* Where to stand in line if you don't want to be scared.

* How safety in haunted houses works

* How haunted attractions are like a magic trick

Image Caption: An actor stalks the lines at Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta. (Photo By Bonnie J. Heath Photography)

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Topics in this Podcast: senses, Halloween