I’m sure there are many people out there today that are afraid of the dark. I know I am to an extent. My fears of course are mostly irrational and caused from watching way too many scary movies. Just think, if there were never any horror films made would you really be that afraid of the dark? Fear of darkness is known as Achluophobia and it is definitely a real phobia for some people. The fear is unwarranted and persistent and the reason for a lot of unnecessary distress in many peoples lives.
Horror films have been around since the late 1890′s and since that time have strived to elicit this fear from the viewers (and they do a darn good job of it). Halloween is known as a time of year when scary movies are in abundance. It’s the whole Halloween haunting mentality that brings out the ghost hunters and thrill seekers. Haunted houses, haunted woods, haunted graveyards…they all thrive on darkness and bringing out your deepest fears of the unknown.
Haunted houses are definitely not for you if you have any fear of darkness. The whole premise revolves around darkened rooms, basements, attics and even darkened corners! Many people love the fear they get when entering a pitch black haunted house where you don’t know what’s waiting for you in the darkness. The not knowing is what causes your palms to sweat, your heart rate to speed up and your imagination to run wild. Me, I think I’ll stick to the good old tractor hay rides and pumpkin patches – you know, the kind of things you do at Halloween during the daytime!