There are many haunted appeals throughout Eastern Idaho, including the Haunted Forest and the Lost Souls Attractions. I decided to visit both of these areas to rate them based on cost, time-to-finish, and scariness. In order to better assess each business, I attended with a group of friends to gather multiple perspectives and opinions.
The Haunted Forest, depressingly priced at $25 per person, was my absolute favorite haunted attraction to attend during the Halloween season. Though the wait to get in was unfortunately longer than anticipated, the entertainment throughout the waiting area made up for the time. Starting out at the concession stand, they sell amazing hot cocoa for an extraordinary price of $1, allowing people to get warmed up and ready for the walk at hand. Paid actors walk around in costumes and special effects. Some of the actors even wield chainsaws in the attempt to either scare or befriend the attendees. The beginning of the forest starts out in an interesting maze with fear and anticipation around each corner. No real mystery is involved when finding the path for the event, as it is apparent the whole time. However, it is still frightful and dark, giving actors the opportunity to hide and startle victims.
Next on the list is the Lost Souls Attractions located in Shelley, Idaho. Despite being an inside activity, it was an extraordinary experience. Going to this attraction in a small group is highly encouraged because there are many tight places and groups get split up; going in with a smaller group of friends assures that you will not get split up during the experience. One way the Lost Souls Attractions comes out on top is the actual sounds and eerie nature of the building. Obvious electronic noises are set in place to throw off the people inside, however, there are workers inside banging on walls and screaming in order to give a more surreal experience. As well as constituents on the inside, there are slides following the theme of the haunt. This allows the attendees to lay down in a coffin-shaped box and wait for the coffin to rotate upward to an almost-vertical position from being flat on the floor, which gives a terrifying, yet quick drop for the one inside. Overall, the Lost Souls was an amazing experience. and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who might be looking for a wonderfully scary experience.
There are many more haunted areas I have not been able to attend and share my opinions about, however I have absolutely no problem continuing this amazing journey of experiencing these extraordinary places. Each location was a blast, and it is extremely saddening to know that October is coming to a bittersweet end! I cannot wait to be able to attend these places again to experience the thrilling terror this season Halloween has to offer!
“Kissing him makes me want to kick a baby.”
“He didn’t look alive! He was a cold, squishy rock!”
“You can’t slip a cucumber through the wall.”
“She eats milk and drinks cheese.”
“Bro, calling someone fat is not racist.”
“It’s my pencil! You have no right to stab me with it!”
“Who cares about a prehistoric beaver?”
“He is stupid hot! What I said was it was a good assembly.”
“The only meaning in life is the endless pain of death. Makes me want to play the xylophone.”
“Do you have cute feet?”
“The sun is always setting… unless it’s rising.”
“My entire vocabulary gets randomized.”
“Ris- riser? I don’t know, my train has derailed.”
“Your personality makes you look like you're about to sell me muffins.”
“No, he does have a girlfriend, but it’s okay, you have me, your wifey.”
“I say the most unhinged crap, and no one blinks an eye…” “I blink many eyes.”
“That box is like a freaking box.”
“How’s your grandpa?” “Good, he’s still dead.”
“He’s about to breathe some hairy hair.”
“Is there any kind of idiocy that you're comfortable with?”
“It has eight arms; I only have two. It’s not fair.”
“What’s your scariest ghost story?” “Oh, well, I’ve been ghosted by multiple girls.”
“You got me in the eye! Ow!”
“Each of you is a potato; that is the conclusion to this conversation.”
“Celery marmalade. Watermelon mustard.”
“This is not a pencil; I’m practicing acupuncture.”
“Your baby?” “No, my baby BROTHER.”
“I can see… I don’t like this.”
“Why do you have an energy drink? That feels like a bad idea.”
“[Name], who gave you sugar?” “No idea.”
“Protect your MTN Dew like your life depends on it because it does.”
“You want to know what happens in this song? There’s a knife fight… two people died.”
“Why do you laugh so loud?” “Because it annoys you.”
“Wha- EW, THAT WAS IN YOUR MOUTH?”
“Is that a pocket?” “No, that’s her muscles. That’s just how they are defined.”
“So, you’ve really never had a twinkie before?”
“I don’t even know where to start; this is horrifying.”
Halloween is one day of the year where frightening and creative costumes are worn, and trick or treating is a fun custom as well. Unique costumes are seen throughout the night. A survey was sent out to the students and staff at Bonneville High School, asking questions about halloween costumes. There are many different categories that people dress up as during this spooky holiday season. Some favorite costumes at Bonneville this year include inflatable costumes, Minions, Disney characters, Star Wars characters, Lightning McQueen, Tinkerbell, Minecraft characters, and Spongebob characters. Many of these favorite costumes are classic characters in famous movies and video games. The scariest costumes some people at Bonneville have seen are clowns, the Grim Reaper, werewolves, zombies, the Boogie Man, scary dolls, demogorgons, and Michael Myers. Along with that, the strangest costumes seen are spiders, hot dogs, frogs, Plankton, a toaster, inflatable aliens, teletubbies, inflatable chickens, Shrek, and goats. Isaac LeCheminant mentions that the strangest costume he has seen is, “A rug. An actual rug.” Aside from all these bizarre costumes, the most common costumes people have seen include M&M’s, Spiderman, ghosts, vampires, superheroes, pumpkins, nerds, firefighters, lifeguards, skeletons, cheerleaders, and witches. Some of the costumes that students and staff are thinking of wearing this year are Marilyn Monroe, butterflies, cowgirls, Winnie the Pooh, Edward ScissorHands, and Care Bears. Several of the faculty and students added that their favorite costumes as children have been Cruella deVile, dalmatian puppies, Disney Princesses, Harry Potter, ladybugs, lambs, ninjas, Peter Pan’s shadow, a pumpkin, rubix cubes, tigers, and walruses. Many of these costumes are homemade as well. Corinne Inglet talks about the costume she made from scratch, “I have made a dragon and a supervillain by getting regular clothing and doing add-ons. I also made a cardboard dragon mask too.” Along with Inglet, other people have also put together homemade costumes such as pumpkins, M&M’s, ghosts, Cinderella, unicorns, dragons, Optimus Prime, stereotypical nerds, cowboys, and Captain Jack Sparrow. Several people enjoy matching costumes with another person; some of these matching costumes include superheroes, the Heathers, Elmo and Cookie Monster, Mario and Luigi, Twilight fangirls, football players and cheerleaders, and the Chipmunks. Emiley Mortensen talks about the matching costume she has had by saying, “It was Ken and Barbie, and it was with my cousin Evan.” Various diverse costumes are worn and seen by the people at Bonneville High School. Dressing up for Halloween is a way these people can convey their ideas to the world and be themselves.
Praises to seeing people- Punches to getting sick
Praises to going shopping - Punches to being broke
Praises to getting an A - Punches to keeping the A
Praises to slushies - Punches to brain freezes
Praises to making a homework schedule - Punches to never following it
Praises to wearing rings - Punches to turning your finger green
Praises to putting stickers on your laptop - Punches to fighting for them to come off
Praises to sitting by your friends - Punches to procrastination and distraction
Praises to napping after school - Punches to waking up five hours later
Praises to eating school lunch - Punches to waiting in line
Praises to having a partner project - Punches to distracting each other
Praises to going to your friends house - Punches to going home at the end
Praises to thunderstorms - Punches to sleepless nights
Praises to looking good for school - Punches to waking up early to get ready
Praises to going home - Punches to doing your chores
Praises to getting your license - Punches to not having a car
Praises to going to homecoming - Punches finding a good outfit
Praises to making the dance team - Punches to early-morning practices
Praises to waking up early - Punches to being tired the rest of the day
“I am eating these, but I am lactose intolerant.”
“If you gave the pig a gun, I wasn’t involved.”
“If I can steal it, it is a prop.”
“You are just the child.”
“I want to run away and go live in a piano gallery.”
“This is going to hurt my soul.”
“I’m very convertible.”
“My organs were failing yesterday.”
“Have you met a woman before?”
“I’m going to the chiropractor today; he’s going to break all my bones.”
“I am going to be a grandpa!”
“Mr. Coles said these are all due tomorrow at 8:00 am, then the class proceeded to scream uncontrollably.”
“If you interview someone, do not get romantically involved.”
“I thought you wanted to edit me.”
“What’s the difference between a door and a phone? One is a door.”
“She is causing bear attacks.”
“Kid approaches a woman saying I am afraid of women, then runs away screaming.”
“My personality is getting in the way.”
“I have a French song playing in my head, but I don’t speak French.”
“Who stole my phone? Wait, I took that picture.”
In the year of 1866, Memorial Day was celebrated on May 5th instead of its usual occurrence on May 30th. The reason for this difference was simple: the Civil War. There were about 60,000 men and women that died during the war. It was about a four year long war between the north and south of the United States. Both sides of the war were fighting and the soldiers wanted to put flowers on their graves. Americans typically do this in May because of all the flowers that bloom during that month.
The main reason everyone celebrates Memorial Day is because of the Decorations Day that was named before Memorial Day. Before Memorial Day, the Decorations Day was just an opportunity to put flowers down at people's graves. President Lyndon B. Johnson made it the holiday because everyone who lost people in the war came and visited them at their graves. Johnson thought it would be a fitting, honorable holiday to commemorate the Civil War. It all started in 1968 when the soldiers decided to have a Memorial Day. The traditions they had were parades and they would give out speeches for the soldiers who died and put flowers on their gravestones and have flags on people's gravestones as well.
The reason everyone celebrates Memorial Day is to celebrate and honor the people who fought in the war for the United States. There were about one million men and women who died. This is why it was on may 30th because they wanted the date to be close to when the war concluded. This is why everyone celebrates Memorial Day because it is for the people who lost in the war and who fought for us in the war and everyone the people who lost their family members can go visit who they lost and go put flowers on their graves.
Praises to blooming flowers – Punches to the unreal amount of pollen.
Praises to Spring Break – Punches to it being the last break of the year.
Praises to the warmer weather – Punches to the wasps coming back in full force.
Praises to seniors graduating soon – Punches to the seniors leaving.
Praises to prom season – Punches to planning day dates and group activities.
Praises to spending more time outdoors – Punches to all the bug bites and sunburns.
Praises to no more snow – Punches to now having to mow the lawn.
Praises to spring sports – Punches to long practices.
Praises to graduating – Punches to having to be an adult.
Praises to new beginnings – Punches to spring cleaning.
Praises to abundant fruits and veggies – Punches to not eating them fast enough.
Praises to baby animals – Punches to anyone who comes across the mama.
Praises to having more hours in the day – Punches to losing sleep due to Daylight Saving.
Praises to being able to camp again – Punches to having to pack for the trip.
Praises to not having to warm up the car – Punches to now having to cool it down.
Praises to wearing shorts and tank tops – Punches to changing an entire wardrobe.
Praises to St. Patrick’s Day – Punches to getting pinched for not wearing green.
Praises to picnics in the park – Punches to wet grass and ants.
Praises to the Tautphaus Park Zoo opening – Punches to getting attacked by the dang peacock.
Praises to April Fool’s Day – Punches for getting fooled too many times.
Shelby was a nice, innocent girl who never really thought much of relationships. Her feelings changed once Shawn B. Hinkle walked into Daily Donuts, the donut shop where she worked; her life would forever be different that day. Shelby stopped dead in her tracks when she saw tall, burly Shawn walk through the door. She probably stared at him for two minutes before her boss got her attention back and told her to get back to work. As she slaved away at work, all she could see was Shawn in her head, even when she was not looking into those ocean blue eyes. Now if there is one thing to know about Shelby it is that she is not a shy person and never at a loss for words, but when she went to talk to Shawn, she was speechless. As she sat there in front of him, she collected herself and started to speak.
“Hey, how are you?'' Shelby asked very nervously.
“I'm doing almost as amazing as you look.” Shawn replied. Shelbys cheeks got very red, but the butterflies fluttering in her stomach made her unable to reply. Shelby's thoughts slowly came back after a couple of seconds. In that moment, she looked Shawn in the eyes and knew that he was the one.
Shawn had just moved into town with his aunt, He was a very strong hearted kid who was ready for a new adventure. That upcoming Monday would be his first day at Ridgemont High School, which was the same school Shelby attended. Shelby was a junior in high school, but took all senior classes as she was extremely smart. Shawn was a senior who was also very smart, and Shawn’s athleticism got him recruited for the football team as the starting quarterback.
After the exchange at the donut shop, Shelby got pulled back to work, and they gave each other a wave goodbye. Monday came rolling by and Shelby, who was the captain of the cheer team, stood directing the squad with her beautiful golden hair, and the looks of a goddess. Her and the team were practicing on the field, when the football team came trotting in. She thought nothing of it, it was just another practice for them. The head coach started talking to the boys.
“Alright, boys I’ve got someone I want you to meet. This is Shawn Hinkle; he is our new quarterback who is going to lead us to state.” Shelbys head cocked back towards the team, and she saw him. The love of her life sitting there in football pads, looking like a gladiator from the Roman empire. She stared for so long that Shawn felt a pair of eyes on him and glanced over at her. Shelby gave him a smile, and Shawn winked back. Shelby blushed so hard her teammates teased her because she looked like a bright red apple.
When practice ended Shawn went straight over to Shelby.
“Hi, Shelby. I know this might sound crazy, but since the first day I saw you I knew I was in love, and it seems early, but will you be mine?” Shelby stared at him with her big beautiful eyes, grabbed his face and kissed him. From then on, the two of them were soulmates. The following weeks Shawn and Shelby were in their own little world. Saturday was a big day for Shawn as it was the last playoff game until state. He and Shelby drove to the game together, and Shelby looked into his eyes and told him to win for her. Shawn went out on the field and five minutes later would choose heads to start with the ball. Shawn pkyed like never before and had three touchdowns under his belt by the first half. Everything was going perfect until the other team ran a blitz, and Shawn got blindsided. It was no ordinary hit, Shawn got hit in his heart as hard as it ever has. After the hit, Shawn did not get up. The paramedics went out to help him, and Shelby ran out with them. Shawn was unconscious and would not reply to the doctors. They checked his pulse but found no heartbeat. Shelby hugged his body as tight as she could. “I love you Shawn, please don't go, please.”
Shelby was never the same after that game. She did not talk much, and her grades started dropping. Shelby was in a state of sadness, she could not feel much of anything anymore. It was not until two months later when Shelby joined Shawn up in the heavens after a car crash on the highway.
Valentine’s Day proves to be an emotional holiday with the conflicting feelings of those in a relationship and those who are not. For some, this is a time to appreciate their significant other and their love, but for others Valentine’s Day is a day filled with sadness, jealousy, distaste, and maybe indifference or self-confidence. Whatever the mood, there is almost always a song that encapsulates those feelings in every genre. Below are three playlists that provide songs for those feeling lovey-dovey, those opposed to love and brokenhearted, or empowered by their single life.
The Love Songs:
“All Your’n” -Tyler Childers “Please Notice”- Christian Leave
“fOoL fOr YoU” - ZAYN “My Girl” - The Temptations
“Forrest Gump” - Frank Ocean “Like Real People Do” Hozier
“Wild Horses” - The Rolling Stones “Head Over Heels” - Tears for Fears
“Enchanted” - Taylor Swift “Me & You Together Song” - The 1975
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” The Beach Boys “Still Into You” - Paramore
For The Anti-Love and Heartbroken:
“I Would Rather Go Blind” - Etta James “Don’t Speak” - No Doubt
“I Don’t Love You” - My Chemical Romance “Go Your Own Way”- Fleetwood Mac
“Black” - Pearl Jam “Traitor” - Olivia Rodrigo
“Objects in The Mirror” - Mac Miller “changes” - XXXTENTACION
“Before He Cheats” - Carrie Underwood “The Winner Takes It All” - ABBA
“Stick Season” - Noah Kahan “The Scientist” - Coldplay
Single and Not Looking to Mingle:
“Flowers” - Miley Cyrus “Unwritten” Natasha Bedingfield
“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” - Cyndi Lauper “Sit Still, Look Pretty” - Daya
“It’s My Life” Bon Jovi “Shotgun” - George Ezra
“Shake It Off” - Taylor Swift “ I Will Survive” - Gloria Gaynor
“Take It Easy” - The Eagles “Love Song” - Sara Bareilles
“I Hope You Dance” - Lee Ann Womack “Survivor” - Destiny’s Child
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