Haunted house is so scary, it keeps emergency trousers just for accidents

A haunted house experience in the US is so terrifying that it often sees guests pee themselves during their visit.

Atascadero, California's The Haunt has had so many accidents that the owner now has emergency tracksuit bottoms available for any visitors willing to admit losing control of their bladder.

The venue offers a variety of animation and actors to create a terrifying performance, combined with detailed sets.

Production manager Sandi Andersen-Tarica said that 31 guests peed themselves back in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking to the Sacramento Bee, Andersen-Tarica said: "Some people look at it as a badge of honour. Some of them will actually want to sign their name, like 'That was me!'"

She also confirmed that the emergency tracksuit bottoms have been requested twice since the spares were first put in place.

Volunteers also made a 'pee chart' and mark down when someone has peed when leaving a room.

The Haunt features between 30 to 40 actors, who work across weekends to give guests a truly immersive experience.

This year’s theme is called: "Grimm Reaper’s Scary Tales Volume 2" and is set around fairy tales, legends and nursery rhymes but in the "worst possible way".

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Visitors have to go into 18 rooms full of fear, using representation from The Little Mermaid, Snow White and Jack and the beanstalk.

The Haunt Founder Chris Towers said even people from Universal Studios come to the venue every year and are impressed each time.

He said: "They say that we’re one of the few that the building feels like it’s alive because there’s such the mix of animation and physical actors. So you always get the best of the rooms."

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However, the haunted house has had to change things for safety as all guests and actors will be required to wear masks.

Towers said: "It has been an interesting transition. But one cool thing is we learned a lot of new ways to do things which kind of forces you to think outside the bubble."

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