Halloween events embrace their contribution to scream therapy

Howl-O-Scream Orlando, photo provided by SeaWorld Orlando
Howl-O-Scream Orlando, photo provided by SeaWorld Orlando /

Whether it is a dimly lit path or the unknown in the shadows, Halloween events play into that sense of fear and the screams pierce the night. It is time to schedule some scream therapy because it might be a new form of self-care.

Some people love the spooky season. Beyond the parties, costumes, and candy, there is a desire to scream, and scream often. It does not necessarily mean eating a food that is still moving on the plate. But, there is something about the Halloween season which celebrates the frightful and delightful.

To be clear, there is a difference between a real scary, frightening event and a created scenario at a Halloween event. The crafted jump scare and scarezone are entertainment. Whether it is the creepy clown, the witchdoctor, or the demented scientist, those characters and images can make anyone shudder and scream.

That willingness to let go of inhibitions and scream in the moment might have some benefits. Recently, SeaWorld Orlando and its Howl-O-Scream event released information on a new survey. According to the results, more than half of the respondents believe that screaming has a positive impact on their health. Specifically, “76% view screaming as a release for pent up feelings.”

While many people feel better after they let out that guttural sound, there are not too many everyday activities that allow people to scream. Sure, someone can just walk into their backyard and let their inhibitions go, but the choice might get a curious response from neighbors.

Halloween events as scream therapy
Howl-O-Scream Orlando, photo provided by SeaWorld Orlando /

During Halloween events, screaming is allowed, more likely encouraged. While some events might be more intense than others, that startle, shock and fright can be cathartic. That first step into the darken tunnel might be uneasy but emerging from the maze might come with a feeling of lightness. It isn’t a movie character capturing those screams, but releasing all that emotion can feel good.

And, if you look around, sometimes that scream is followed by laughter. That swing of emotions is one of the reason why enjoying Halloween events as a group can be enjoyable. Scream, laugh, grab a beverage and enjoy the moment. It might not necessarily be the form of self-care that is talked about in books, but it may be the choice that some people enjoy.

For anyone looking to get their scream on, Howl-O-Scream Orlando runs from September 8 through October 31 on select nights. In addition, Busch Gardens in Tampa has a Howl-O-Scream event as well. Check with the theme parks websites for ticket prices and other information.

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