To continue my columns of disease, death and fear this October, I’ve decided to write about amusement parks — roller coasters.

Piggybacking on part of last week’s column about why we want to see gory stuff and be scared at a spook houses with costumes and imagery, I think this also applies to roller coasters.

Like I said before, I’m not sure why we do it. I’m not a psychologist, but as someone who likes going on these rides I can tell you that although I know I’m not going to get hurt or die — statistically — I still feel like I might not make it.

It is unnatural to be pulled through the air at high speeds in loops, and you never know what mechanical issue might happen. I’ve hyped myself up on all the videos on YouTube about roller coaster fails and of the articles of recent mishaps at amusement parks across the world.

The first time I went on a roller coaster ride I almost flew out. I was way too short (under five feet tall) and light (80 pounds). At that moment I realized — at 12 — how easy it was to not be on this planet anymore. I went on the ride again.

There have been reports on the news which some people have not been so lucky. This past summer, even one of my mom’s favorite rides broke down while in the air. The people were just stuck up there, dangling their legs waiting to be let down and hoping their seats won’t crash to the ground. She still plans to go on it again.

So here we are, planning our next trip to the amusement park.

We’re ready to be scared, ready for the adrenaline rush.

I would give you an opinion on whether or not to go on rides, but as you can see above people will go on them anyway because it is fun to be scared.

But, I do think if a park is notorious for its rides breaking down all of the time or multiple accidents maybe go to another ride or park just in case.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on twitter @pittstephpotter.