Haunted House

August 18th, 2011

Haunted House - Behind The Awkwardness

“This is me somewhere around 1981-82 with a demon at a local haunted house that ran every year. I was addicted to horror movies as a kid (and still am) so whenever the haunted house started up, I’d beg my mom let me to go in with the lights off.  After an endless amount of badgering, she finally let me go through in the dark. Expecting me to come running back out screaming, she stayed by the entrance only to see me come bouncing out the exit with a huge smile on my face. To commemorate this, she let me pose for a picture with the demon. As you can see, my smile refused to fade even a little bit and I was probably more than a little overdressed for the occasion.”

(submitted by Lonnie)

46 Responses to “Haunted House”

  1. Philip says:

    Steve Martin as a kid 🙂

  2. Larrybud says:


    Dexter Morgan…

  3. lily says:

    OMIGOSH!!!! that looks JUST like my uncle- ANd he loved (and still does) haunted houses…..he also had blonde hair and was about that age….i swear we have that sweater in the garage with the other junk we were given from relatives….

  4. Amanda says:

    This picture, and the story is just so adorable!

  5. Meghan says:

    I’ve always love horror movies, so I’m not scared of haunted houses either. when I was 6 or 7, my mom was a witch in the local fire department’s haunted house. I went through with a friend’s family & when my mom jumped out to scare everyone I smiled & yelled “hi mom!”

  6. Sasca says:

    I love this- well done, you. So many kids just go haywire and freak out- you were clearly made of sterner stuff. 🙂

  7. zeelee says:

    I used to BE one of the haunted house monsters. We hated those gleeful, giggling kids that skipped through the house. It made us feel like we weren’t doing our jobs, which, ideally, was to make you require a change of pants before exiting.

    I’ll forgive this one, though. With that grin and that sweater, we would have put him to work, and he would have been successful.

  8. alekx says:

    So cute.
    I love horror films too,
    except I’d be so scared at that age!

  9. Lynn says:

    Lonnie, you are unbearably cute. I’ll bet the demon even thought so. 🙂

  10. MistyB says:

    I love it! The huge grin is adorable and I love the sweater!

  11. Dawnieangel76 says:

    I’m 35, and I still have that SAME expression on my face every time I leave a haunted house!

    Sooooo cute!

  12. Rosieposie says:

    LOVE IT!

  13. Lonnie Mason says:

    Thank you for considering me adorable…lol. Yes, that elephant sweater was still fashionable coming out of the 70’s, as were my Hee-Haw overalls…lol. My mom reminded me not long after I sent this pic in that after I came out, I immediately got back in line to go through again but she was ready to leave so to keep me from throwing a fit, she let me take a pic with the demon. I’m still the only kid I know of that went through with the lights off…lol.

  14. JB says:

    Awww, you are very cute! 🙂

  15. NancyDolittle says:

    I LOVE this picture!!! The glee on the kid’s face is priceless. And of course the demon……..

  16. justme says:

    The backstory is the best part!!! Thanks for sharing!

  17. ErpInBurp says:

    Those baby Republicans! They keep laughing at stuff that scares the crap out of the rest of us.

  18. Eoin says:

    So which one is Lonnie?

  19. It's me! Dee! says:

    Cute story 🙂

  20. Joe says:

    Which one is you?

  21. oxy10 says:

    That is the best elephant sweater vest I have ever seen. Probably awkward for your parents and the Demon who really isn’t doing it’s job very well.

  22. Doe says:

    “This is me with a demon”…I love it. The contrast between the little boy’s happy smile and the demon is great.

  23. Lassie says:

    Somehow this reminds me of a Gary Larson cartoon, though I can’t think of a punchline…

    “Beelzebub and Lonnie, Haunted House, 1982.”
    “Having lost the bet, Beelzebub …”
    “…and this is Lonnie’s favorite teacher, we met Mr. Beelzebub at open house in 1982…”

  24. Jake says:

    I think you’ve confused “awkward” with “freaking adorable” here.

  25. Angela says:

    How fitting that the sweater vest is reminiscent of “Pink Elephants on Parade”!

    “I could stand the sight of worms/and look at microscopic germs/but technicolor pachyderms/is really much for me…”

  26. Daria says:

    Too cute. A man after my own bloody heart.

  27. Melissa says:

    Nope. This belongs in the Awesome Family Photobook! Wish I had one like this!

  28. Jenny says:

    I don’t know what is scarier…the demon or the awful elephant sweater vest. LOL. JK. It is super cute!!!

  29. MikeHunt says:

    Not terribly Awkward, Just an old picture……. Just sayen

  30. Carol says:

    You were absolutely adorable!!

  31. Drew says:

    Elephant vest FTW!!

  32. Carolyn says:

    Are we sure his name is not Damien, instead of Lonnie?

    • Piki says:

      Exactly. A kid that unfrightened is kind of freeking me out.

      • Juno says:

        Lol. Honestly, it does me too. It’s funny but a little weird, it’s like, does killing kittens also bring you this much glee? But hey it DID make me feel kinda awkward. Mission accomplished.

  33. Jane says:


  34. glasstabletop says:

    That’s cute!

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