Woman claims Hamblen Co. Halloween challenge made her sick

Woman claims Hamblen Co. Halloween challenge made her sick


6 News Reporter

TALBOTT (WATE) -- "Frightmare Manor," a haunted house a few miles from Morristown is a hit, but an optional challenge on site modeled after the television show 'Fear Factor' literally became one woman's nightmare.

"It's supposed to be fun, everyone goes into a haunted house, everyone gets scared, but that was totally uncouth," says Melissa Carden, who visited the haunted house.

Carden says the additional $15 she paid to participate in the "Nightmare at Frightmare Challenge" left her doubled over in pain last Friday. 

She says the staff did nothing.

Her 11-year-old son called 911, and she was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

"I felt like someone was tearing me in two in the lower abdomen," says Carden.

"When we were all crying the guy standing at the van was laughing up a storm," says Ashley Carden, 13, Carden's daughter.

6 News is told the challenge involves eating live insects, lying in coffins, and drinking unknown liquids.

Carden drank a teaspoon size amount of what she believes was Tabasco sauce with hot peppers.

Frightmare Manor responded to 6 News calls with an email.

"Only a small percentage of our more daring guests participate in the optional and demanding 'Nightmare at Frighmare' experience. The attraction is exactly as described and advertised."

A waiver was also attached. It warns that the challenge can make people sick and in extreme cases cause trauma or death.

Carden claims she only had time to skim the waiver.

"I thought they were the basic papers anyone would sign for a basic function," she says.

Carden says when she went back to the haunted house to get a copy of the waiver she signed d she claims no one would talk to her, and she was kicked off the property.

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