Are escape rooms scary?

The door locks behind you and the timer starts ticking. It becomes nerve-wracking in no time. The room is strange, dark and sinister. You can hear your heart beating. There are clues seemingly everywhere, and a timer counts backwards from 60 minutes. You must rely on some black light flashlights, jumbled cryptic words written in fake blood and your ability to work together with the other prisoners to free yourselves before it is too late. But are there jump scares, will you get frightened, are escape rooms scary?

Leaving your preconceptions

If there is one thing we are looking for nowadays is an adventure. Escape games are the new entertainment concept everyone wants to try: the feeling of the adrenaline rush whenever we do a certain thing. Escape room is a booming game that not only challenges our minds but also how fast we can react in unexpected situations. It is a real-life team game: locked in a room with a theme, you have to follow a series of tracks and puzzles in order to escape in the allotted time.

For most people, this is definitely a scary and nightmarish scenario. But they actually pay to be put into one of these rooms with unpleasant ambiance. Once you are in, all five of your senses become sharper and super sensitive. Your sense of awareness becomes very keen and you are more attuned to the various sights and sounds that surround you.

As you begin to absorb this information, your brain will begin to take notes of every detail of your environment in rapid-fire fashion. As you are scrambling around and searching for clues, your instinctive ‘fight or flight’ response kicks in, and a huge dose of adrenaline gets pumped into your bloodstream. You are now unstoppable. Therefore our answer is yes. Escape rooms can be scary initially, but as you progress, you will find it exciting as you yourself will be the hero in the game.

Scary escape room experiences? Not with us!

As you can imagine, the thrill and adrenaline rush of an escape room experience is quite addictive, which is why most people who have tried it once want to do it again and again. If you and your friends are one of those adventurous types of squad, then Insomnia Escape Room DC welcomes you thrill-seekers looking for a new adventure. Try our mind-bending escape rooms, and see if your skills are up to the test!

We can guarantee that you will not be thinking about whether you need to go to a tedious monthly meeting the next day, or if you should consult your accountant before making that risky lease decision you have been thinking about lately. The only thing that is going to be on your mind is figuring out how to escape this room you are in before the time runs out. Your concentration and focus will be superb, because you really only have one mission to accomplish while the clock is still ticking, and that is to ESCAPE.

So are you addicted to adrenaline? Are you looking for an original activity to do in Washington DC this weekend? Book your tickets now and try Insomnia Escape’s immersive scary adventures!


The Alchemist 360 Remote Escape Room

2+ players

60 min

The Alchemist Virtual escape room

Dungeon Things

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2-10 players

60 minutes

The Mafia

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Level 7 (medium)

2-9 players

60 minutes

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The Alchemist

Level 9 (medium to advanced)

2-8 players

60 minutes

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Level 6 (beginners to medium, tech savvy)

2-8 players

60 minutes

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The Patient

Level 10 (medium to advanced)

2-9 players

60 min

Detective Thriller Escape Room

Virtual Reality Escape Rooms

Levels 5-10

2-4 players

60 minutes

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Level 7 (medium)

2 or 4 players

60 minutes

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