Haunted House When Pregnant: Is it Safe?

Pregnancy 17

haunted houseThere are these ads for the scariest haunted house in NYC in the subways and oh yes, it looks super spooky -- like heart beating out of chest spooky.

But I'm in my last week of my second trimester and don't think that being frightened out of my wits is a good idea right now.

Is it safe? It depends.

If the haunted house is one for children, meaning something extremely mild in the scare factor, then it should be fine. But the later you are in your pregnancy paired with the intensity of a professional haunted house could be cause for concern.

Aside from being frightened, raising your blood pressure, along with your baby's, and the anxiety and distress that could cause pre-term labor, there are other factors to consider (as if that wasn't enough):

  • The darkness and tripping over something you cannot see. (I know my balance is certainly off.)
  • Loud startling noises can also affect the baby.
  • Smoke or fog machines are not healthy to breathe in.
  • They are often crowded and people push and shove -- could be dangerous.

I watched a scary movie with a few girl friends a few weeks ago and I have to say it got my heart pumping way too much for me and the twins to handle. I would be cautious and say to skip the haunted house this year if you are pregnant.

Will you still go into a haunted house during pregnancy?


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fmchavez fmchavez

I would skip it. We have a haunted corn maze here and while it is great fun, it is really scary. I was pregnant for the last two halloweens and I didn't want to risk anything happening. Most of the professional places do have a sign that says that if you are pregnant, have a heart condition etc. you shouldn't go throught the haunted house/maze.

sstepph sstepph

If it were me, I wouldnt go. I would be afriad of tripping or getting hit in the belly..

Save it for next year :)

I love Haunted Houses so I was super glad I wasnt pregnant while it was Halloween although last year I couldnt go cause Garrett was still a baby and needed me to nurse :(

Happy... Happypancake

I'm 25-weeks... and I'd go... it's just a Haunted House. If I were closer to term, I'd probably not go.

RanaA... RanaAurora

My only issue would be falling or bumping my belly.  The rest, eh.

auror... aurorabunny

I'd be afraid of the tripping too and running into walls.  We used to go to them every year religiously, I went when I was pregnant on accident (I was only a few weeks along and didn't know yet) but I stopped going after I found out.

Lexsi... LexsiesMommy

Nope ...i didn't attend last year nor the year before since i was pregnant, it's a thing that can wait, :O)

irish... irishangel710

I'm pregnant now and I'd go if I was into them but it's incredibly difficult to scare me. I find most haunted houses corny.

lesli... lesliemck86

They have a haunted lagoon here where you don't have to walk, you are in a boat the whole time. So it depends on what is haunted....try to find something else.


My first Halloween in NYC was the Village Parade, followed by an extremely scary haunted house where I was literally crying real, actual tears. Yes, I'm a wimp.

If you're pregnant and susceptible to peeing your pants at a moment's notice, I'd skip it too. No thanks. Not for me.

house... housefullofkidz

I would skip it because I would be very worried about someone bumping into my belly. Teens love that sort of thing and can get carried away not realizing they are running into a pregnant lady.  Not worth the risk.

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