13 things you should not do on Friday the 13th


At Thrillvania Haunted House in Dallas we’re not ashamed to admit that we, too, as brave as we are, take certain precautions on Friday the 13th. Silly things, like spitting into the wind or crossing paths with a black cat, may or may not bring you bad luck any other day of the year but on Friday the 13th they’re guaranteed to bring you bad luck in spades.  We’ve already told you what you should do on Friday the 13th, now we’re going to tell you what you should avoid.

Don’t go near uncovered mirrors

Everyone knows you’ll have 7 years of bad luck if you break a mirror but did you also know that many people will cover their mirrors on Friday the 13th if they are sick or dying, fearing that if they don’t they’ll see the face of Death in the mirror when they pass by.

Don’t yawn

In ancient times they believed that the Devil made people yawn so he could gain entry into their body and take possession of their soul. If you must yawn remember to cover your mouth to keep the rascal out.

Don’t be the 13th dinner guest

When you’re the “fifth wheel” at a dinner party you simply feel uncomfortable and out-of-place. When you’re the 13th dinner guest, that’s another story. Look at what happened to Judas and Jesus when after the 13 guests shared The Last Supper.

Don’t walk under a ladder

Because the typical ladder has 3 points, early Christians believed that walking under a ladder expressed your disbelief in the Holy Trinity and put you in league with the devil. Perhaps the best reason to avoid walking under a ladder on any day of the year is because you never know what might fall on your head!

Don’t save someone who’s drowning

Ancient mariners believed that it was bad luck to save someone who was drowning. They looked upon the sea as a sacred being or a god who demanded a certain number of bodies every year. Pulling a drowning person out of the god’s grasp meant certain death for the savior.

Bad luck on Friday the 13thDon’t go looking for spiders

On any other day, if you find a spider in the morning you’re going to have bad luck the rest of the day. Multiply that bad luck by 10 if you find that eight-legged creepy-crawlie on Friday the 13th.

Don’t use salt

Spilled salt at lunchtime brings bad luck by dinner which you can easily ward off by tossing a pinch of salt over your right shoulder… unless it’s Friday the 13th., of course. Why tempt fate? Stay away from the popcorn today.

Don’t go on a first date

A medieval superstition holds that any romance begun on a Friday is doomed. If you’re already in a relationship, you’re safe. But if there’s a possibility that Friday the 13th might be “The Night”, cancel that date and wait until Saturday.

Don’t open an umbrella indoors

My grandmother used to say if you opened an umbrella indoors it would shower you with bad luck, but wouldn’t that be true, then, no matter where you opened it? As far as I can see the only “bad luck” I’ve experienced is getting my open umbrella stuck in the doorway and ripping it to shreds, but why push your luck?

Keep your feet off the table

While it’s bad luck to put your feet on any table, shod or not, because your grandmother will probably whack you with her knitting needles, it’s especially bad luck to put your shoes on a table, whether your feet are in them or not.

Don’t burn your eggshells

Another ancient superstition, it was thought that burning your eggshells would singe the feathers of the hen that laid the eggs. She would then become so angry she’d never lay eggs again. Don’t have any chickens? Don’t tempt Fate. Remember, the fate of your eggs is in the hands of the bag-boy at the grocery store.

Don’t use knives or forks

Crossing your knife and fork on the dinner table is considered bad manners but it’s also said to bring bad luck. A crossed knife and fork symbolizes hard times ahead. It’s also bad luck to present a knife as a gift to someone. If your friend would love a Swiss Army Knife for his birthday, ask him for a penny, just to be on the safe side.

Don’t name that fish

Another ancient mariner superstition deals with what you can call the Fish That Shall Not Be Named. You can call it “the beast,” or “the red fish.” You can call it “the foul fish” or simply “the fish.” But, unless you want to suffer irreversible, horrible bad luck, you may never call it a salmon.

Want to have some fun on Friday the 13th? Join us as and we’ll all temp Fate together at Cutting Edge Haunted Park for their Friday the 13th Event. And don’t forget – mark your calendar now and start making plans to bring the gang out to Thrillvania at 2330 County Road 138, in Terrell, Texas for the best Halloween celebration.

the 13th floor


Let’s face it, Thrillvania Haunted House Park in Dallas is one of the scariest places on Earth but you always have the option of escaping the terror via one of our emergency exits. But what about that elusive 13-story haunted house you’ve heard so much about? The one where no one makes it out alive.

Every city purportedly has one, a haunted house so scary that nobody’s ever managed to make it to the 13th floor or the 5th floor or the attic. It may be an old, abandoned hospital or insane asylum, or a decrepit hotel or apartment building, but the legends are all the same: Visitors seldom make it all the way to the end and if they do they’re never heard from again.

But does this mythical 13-story haunted house actually exist? And if so, where is it located? And has anyone actually made it to the 13th floor and vanished from the face of the Earth?

Of course, the very idea that you’ll be scared to death before you make it to the 13th floor is enough to, well, scare you to death before you reach the 13th floor. And if you never reach the 13th floor, how do you know you’re in the right house?

The thought that if you do make it you’ll never get out alive is rather off-putting, too, so most people couldn’t care less where this legendary building might be located.

And, the very fact that anyone who’s ever made it to the 13th floor has vanished makes it that much more difficult to prove the existence of this fabled haunted house. There are no living witnesses to pass along its location.

But, to a haunted house enthusiast, these points only add fuel to the internal fire that drives them to search from one corner of the country to the other for this elusive 13-story haunt extravaganza. Is it in Ohio? Michigan? Maybe Tennessee? North Carolina?

We believe the legend of this elusive haunted house is simply that – a legend. A legend that originated right here at Thrillvania at 2330 County Road 138, in Terrell, Texas, when our earliest visitors found our attractions so terrifying they had to make use of one of our emergency exits.

Over the years, the legend has grown to include myths and superstitions, as most legends do, but the fact still remains: Our guests rarely make it to the end of our attractions before they run screaming for the exit. And if they do make it to the end, well, we’ll let them tell you all about it… if they come back out.

This year, in honor of the killer 13th floor, we’ll be celebrating Friday the 13th in grand style. Why not join us for the terror-filled Friday the 13th Event at Cutting Edge Haunted Park? While we can’t promise you’ll make it out alive, we do guarantee you’ll have a frightfully happy Friday the 13th.

Friday the 13th

With only one Friday the 13th to absorb all the bad luck this year you might be thinking it’s going to be one of the worst bad luck days in recorded history, and you might be right. Here at Thrillvania Haunted House in Dallas we’re definitely gearing up for a real maelstrom and you should, too.   Since Lucky Number 7 is about as far away from the Unlucky 13 as you can get, here are 7 things you can do to help keep bad luck at bay.

Get up on the right side of bed

The right side, not the left. If you can’t get up on the right side of your bed because it’s up against the wall, then sleep with your head at the foot of the bed on the night of Thursday the 12th.

Count your blessings

If you’re just naturally a worry wart or a Debbie Downer it won’t take much to make it seem like all the bad luck Friday the 13th has to offer is aimed in your direction. Start the day off by counting your blessings and if you do happen to spill you coffee all over your new suit you’ll realize it’s not the end of the world.

Carry your Good Luck charm

Put a lucky penny in your shoe, grab your lucky rabbit’s foot and pull on your lucky socks. Sometimes all it takes to avoid bad luck is the belief that you’re protected and it can’t touch you.

Think positive thoughts

Instead of focusing on all the bad things that happen on Friday the 13th, thumb your nose at the day and think nothing but positive thoughts. We’re more alert and less prone to accidents when we’re in a happy mood.

Demystify the day

Do some research to learn more about Friday the 13th and why it has such a bad reputation. It might surprise you to know it’s all based on centuries-old myths and legends with no basis in fact, whatsoever. It might also surprise you to know that if you parents had never told you Friday the 13th was a “bad” day, it would be just another day of the year.

Tempt Fate

Go ahead, tempt Fate today.  Buy a lottery ticket, apply for a loan, step on a crack, break a mirror, walk under a ladder and cross paths with a black cat.    It’s a proven fact that when you stand up to the bully he usually leaves you alone.

Visit a haunted house

Cutting EdgeWhat better way to cap off one of the scariest days of the year than by visiting a haunted house? Our friends at Cutting Edge Haunted House are hosting a special Friday the 13th Event and you’re invited to join us as we tempt Fate on the unluckiest day of the year.

Now that you we’ve given you a few tips to help improve your luck on this, the most unfortunate day of the year, read our list of 13 things you should avoid like the plague.

If you just can’t bear the thought of coming out from under the covers on Friday the 13th, then plan to join us at Thrillvania Haunted House Park in Dallas this fall as we usher in the Halloween Season. We’re located at 2330 County Road 138, Terrell, TX 75161. Contact us at 972-428-9653 for our Fall schedule or bookmark our Schedule page.

Fear of the number 13


Of course, we know why people fear the haunted house at Thrillvania in DFW. We’ve packed it full of every monstrous terror you can imagine. But why do so many people fear the number 13? After all, it’s just two tiny little digits and they don’t even amount to much. Or do they?

In a survey conducted in 2003 by the Stress management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, 2,068 people were questioned and 25% of them firmly associated the number 13 with bad luck.

These people also were more likely to experience high levels of anxiety on days like Friday the 13th and that anxiety made them more prone to accidents, thus increasing their anxiety even more and cementing their belief that bad things always happen on the 13th – especially if it’s a Friday.

But why, in this modern world of smartphones, HDTV and world-wide Internet access, do we still have this unholy fear of the number 13? Certainly we’ve advanced to the point where we no longer allow superstition to rule our lives, haven’t we?

Centuries ago, we developed triskaidekaphobia, an extreme superstition regarding the number 13, based on Christian teachings. That silly, two-digit number was to be feared because there were 13 months in the pagan calendar and those who practiced paganism were destined for Hell. Thirteen was also an unholy number because there were 12 witches in a coven and the 13th person was the devil.

According to mathematicians, the number 13 is “incomplete” and “restless or squirmy” because it comes after the number 12. Think about it. There are 12 months in a year, 12 signs in the zodiac, 12 eggs in a carton and Jesus had 12 apostles. When we think “12” we think “complete.” When we think “13” we think odd or strange.

These days, people don’t fear the number 13 because they’re afraid of witches or the devil or curses. We learn to fear that silly two-digit number at an early age when our parents and friends tell us that it’s supposed to be an unlucky number, so we lie awake at night, anticipating an untimely death on Friday the 13th.

In fact, this fear of the number 13 is still so strong that more than 80 percent of high-rise buildings don’t have a 13th floor. Many hospitals and hotels still don’t have a room number 13, and airports still skip over gate 13.

Of course, there are those who thumb their noses at the number 13 and can’t wait for something bad to happen on Friday the 13th so they can poke fun at the office triskaidekaphobe. We’re in their camp and we hope nobody every breaks this 13-link chain of fear. After all, that’s what Thrillvania’s all about.

If you’re with us, and you’re brave enough to come out from under the covers, we invite you to join us at Cutting Edge Haunted House on Friday, June 13, 2014. Listed in the Guinness World Records as the “World’s Largest Walk Through Haunted House” you definitely don’t want to miss their special Friday the 13th Event!

And don’t forget to start planning your annual trek to Thrillvania Haunted House Park. Located at 2330 County Road 138, Terrell, TX 75161. Contact us at 972-428-9653 for our Fall schedule or bookmark our Schedule page.

Why do we pass out candy for Halloween


Every year you stock up on Snickers Bars, Smarties and candy corn. You open your door to every ghost, goblin and princess who knocks and you oooh and aaahh over their costumes as you pass out your Halloween candy. You do it because it’s tradition, and it’s fun, but traditions have to start somewhere and this one had a creepy beginning.

Passing out candy to Trick-or-Treaters began way back in the Middle Ages. Each year, on November 2, Christians celebrated All Souls Day, a day to pray for the souls of loved ones who’d passed away.

On the day before All Souls Day., poor people would wander their neighborhoods, knocking on doors, and volunteering to pray for the souls of the residents’ dearly departed loved ones in exchange for food. Homeowners passed out tasty treats – versus bowls of gruel or stale popcorn balls – to ensure they prayers were really said.

As extra insurance against wandering souls who might feel slighted in the prayer department and decide to haunt them for the rest of eternity, homeowners would also leave food on their doorstep that night, in the belief that a well-fed ghost is a happy ghost who’d leave them alone for another year.

During the Middle Ages a tasty treat might have been a loaf of bread and some jam, or an apple or pear or a bunch of grapes. But the urchins who come knocking at your door on Halloween these days would hardly be appeased with these simple treats. In fact, they’d likely toilet paper your house and soap your windows.

A “tasty treat” for today’s Trick-or-Treaters is candy, particularly Snickers Bars, Reese’s Cups and Kit-Kat Bars, and, like our ancestors in the Middle Ages, we’re happy to pass out these treats if it means we won’t be “haunted” by these little devils for another year!

Lining Up To Be Victims

At Thrillvania Haunted House Park our mission in life is to frighten you. If you run, screaming in terror, then we know we’ve achieved our goal. Knowing that we put our heart and soul and our blood, sweat and tears into scaring you half to death, why then would anyone choose to come through our gates? Because people enjoy being scared!

When you tour our terrifying attractions, you know you’re going to come out alive but your subconscious doesn’t. Deep down inside, your subconscious believes you’re really being faced with a life-or-death situation and your primal “fight or flight” response kicks in.

Many people enjoy being scared because they like how they feel while they’re being frightened out of their wits. That “fight or flight” feeling causes a huge adrenalin rush. Their palms begin to sweat, their heartbeat and breathing rate quicken, and this adrenalin rush makes them feel like they have super-human powers.

As these adrenaline-fueled visitors tour the park they take great pleasure in the fact that they’re able to face our frights head-on. For some, this is their only opportunity to feel bravery.

Many others are drawn to Thrillvania for quite the opposite reason. They are absolutely terrified while touring our attractions and it’s only their strong will and determination that forces them to continue on to the end instead of rushing for the exit. They tolerate this almost-paralyzing fear because they enjoy the feeling of relief they experience when they finally make it out alive.

Of course, all of these reasons – the enjoyment of the adrenalin rush, the feeling of bravey and the feeling of relief – are based on the individual’s belief that they truly will make it all the way through Thrillvania and make it out alive. Tsk. What a pity.