Apparently here in Ohio is the longest haunted house tour in the country. An abandoned mine in Lewisburg, outside of Dayton, is said to be some 800 feet long. Now that isn't going to be on my itinerary any time soon. Not because of the haunted house part. I'm not much of a haunted house fan. I find them gaudy and predictable and usually rather dull. But because it's in an abandoned mine. Underground. Like a cave. And that's all you have to say to get from me a fast exit, stage right.
Claustrophobia is my one bona fide phobia. I'm not a fan of spiders, though I feared them more when I was young. As I got older, I came to appreciate the work they do in keeping out the insect riffraff. I have a rule of thumb with spiders. Any spiders smaller than my thumbnail and I let them go - within reason.
Heights are also a thing, but only on shaky ladders and precarious landings. I could go to the edge of the Grand Canyon or look out from the Empire State Building and it wouldn't bother me. Just don't put me on an unbalanced step ladder. But I don't consider that a phobia as much as common sense.
But claustrophobia? You bet. Years ago, before our oldest was born, we went with my wife's family to Disney World in Florida. They talked me into getting on the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride. Now I knew I wasn't in a real submarine, nor was I a million feet under the water. I got that it was all an illusion. Nonetheless, my wife's niece was sitting beside me and for the entire *blinking* time she rattled on about how it was really like being stuck in a closed in submarine, far under water, with no escape. I finally told her if she didn't stop she'd be going out the torpedo tubes even if there weren't any.
While I'm not fan of haunted houses, I do appreciate spooky locations. And if someone ever came up with some understated, subtle form of a haunted house I might just go and check it out. But an 800 foot tour through an underground mine? You, my friends, can count me out.