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Monday, September 22, 2008

Nightmare Anniversary

Scream or laugh, it's all a matter of how twisted your mind is.

Years ago Suz and I made an agreement. Instead of buying cheap Walmart gifts that make each other cry like we were punched somewhere special, we'd take a little trip on our anniversary. This year our anniversary ended, quite literally, with Nightmares.

Niagara Falls, surrounding the Horseshoe falls, has developed over the years to become an incredible tourist attraction. There is so much love in Niagara Falls that it has come to be known as the Honeymoon Capital of the world. Whether that's true or not is unknown to me.

What I do know (which, admittedly, isn't much) is that my love for the falls falls into the category of Halloween. What's Halloween without fear and monsters and haunted houses? The Falls delivers the latter in spades! Castle Dracula! The House of Frankenstein! The Haunted House! And of course, Nightmares.

If you think air compressors are scary, this place is for you!A couple of years ago we went through The Haunted House. Full of skeletal displays, pneumatic fright devices and moderately lit passages, this one was for the faint of heart. While most certainly fun, it was nothing to be afraid of.

This year Suz begged and begged me to go through "Nightmares Fear Factory", which was located up the hill, apart from the main attractions. On our last day, just before driving home, I decided it was time.

==Spoiler Warning==
(While I do not want to ruin the experience for anyone I do reveal two small details below which you would discover almost immediately for yourselves anyway)

Upon entering I posed two irrelevant questions to the abandoned coffin factory's proprietor: 1. Is it pitch black? 2. Are there any moving floors that might cause me to fall with my cane?

I say the questions were irrelevant because five minutes after he answered "Yes" to both, we were deep in horror territory, with Suz clutching my arm as hard as she could. For a girl who was dying (pardon the pun) to go through this haunted coffin factory, she was absolutely terrified.

As you can see in the photo, I spent the entire time merrily leading the way. I could hardly contain my laughter throughout the experience. It's not that the tactics used in this haunted house were funny, no - it was Suz's constant blood-curdling screams... and I was having a ball.

Two Martini-thumbs up to Nightmares for their creeptacular haunted coffin factory... despite the fact that there is little visual creepiness to enhance the experience.

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Blogger SJ said...

Happy anniversary! Seems like you had a "dream" anniversary.

12:37:00 AM

Blogger Monogram Queen said...

Ooh I like!!!! We are going to Beaufort,SC to an old B&B for our anniversary mid-Oct and i'm hoping for a ghost or two and I am definitely taking a ghost tour.
If I ever get to Niagara Falls (again, went as a kid) i'm definitely doing all the scary stuff! I love it that Suz screamed - hehehe.....

8:57:00 AM

Blogger Monogram Queen said...

P.S. and can I just say y'all are the cutest couple EVER!!!!! Precious!

8:58:00 AM

Blogger mmat said...

last time i went to niagara we went to a haunted house. i can't remember what it was called, but it was ultra cool with moving walls, doors that closed behind you and axe-wielding maniacs jumping out at every opportunity. i'll have to be sure to check out the coffin factory next time

9:56:00 AM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

If I ever become stoopid rich I am going to build a haunted house with the original Nightmare on Elm st. as a blue print. Basement with a rust furnace, torture room and the sounds of children running and playing. I love the sound of children having fun and laughing but when it is in an old creepy house late at night with no children in sight it is down right scary!

10:00:00 AM

Blogger Kev And Charlotte said...

Nightmares... i have been through that place like ... i don't know HOW many times. I started back when it was in Maple Leaf Village, where the first casino replaced it. Best one on the strip my friend.

11:59:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

SJ - it was a BLOODY good time!

MQ - you are too kind.

MMat - According to Kev, it's the best one, even if the others have more impressive exteriors.

Honkeie2, I have the same dream! To win the lottery and open my own haunted house. And I agree - children laughing is a creepy sound that chills my spine.

Kev - I totally forgot about MLV! Apparently they change Nightmares every year or so. A good idea to get the same people coming back! Was it different each time you went?

1:17:00 PM

Blogger Ms. Creek said...

hey....i swore i commented on here and told you about the salt and pepper shakers that were bought for me from Dracula's Castle in Transylvania! wow...twilight zone that it isn't on here!

11:33:00 PM

Blogger ZoeyBella said...

I've always wanted to see the Screaming Tunnel which is near Niagara. Probably not as exciting as a coffin factory though...

12:43:00 AM

Blogger The T-Dude said...

That looks so awesome! A great gift for the two fo you.

1:37:00 PM

Blogger Velvet Ginger said...

Oh that's so cool you guys did that!!!!

9:16:00 PM


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