The Great Horror Campout is a camping experience unlike any other. It’s basically the camping trip of your nightmares packed into a single night of spine-chilling fun, and it’s definitely not for the feint of heart
The horror campout is the latest project from Ten Thirty One Productions, the companythat previously created The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. According to their official website, “The Great Horror Campout is a 12-hour overnight interactive horror camping adventure.
The scary stuff begins at 8 pm and continues uninterrupted until 8 am the next day. During this time, campers are welcome to sleep, but they might experience ‘erratic interruptions’. The event comes with a disclaimer: “During Great Horror Campout, you may be forcibly handled, moved, bound, hooded, chained and subjected to simulated torture by our actors. You may witness strong verbal content, which may be considered offensive in nature. The content is part of the experience and is presented for entertainment purposes only.”
Campers can choose their level of engagement by their choice of activities and tent zone. It can be extreme horror adventure or a more mild horror adventure. It’s completely up to the camper.”So what exactly classifies as ‘mild’ and ‘extreme’ horror? Well, for a more laid-back haunted experience, you could choose a night of watching horror movies and exchanging horror stories while roasting marshmallows around a camp fire. No monsters will join you inside your tent. They call this the ‘Chicken Zone’.
The other tent sections don’t offer much in terms of rest – these are meant for the more ‘high octane horror fans’. Each tent can accommodate a minimum of two and a maximum of four people. Campers can choose between a range of activities in three categories: the Chicken Zone, the High Startle, and the Interactive Highly Immersive Terror.
The worst experience of all is the ‘Hell Hunt’, where campers compete for the coveted title of ‘Hellmaster’. “The Hell Hunt will be an extremely high-octane hunt for items that will send campers bathing in the blood of a ‘Pope Lick’, partaking in a sacrificial voodoo ritual, digging through roadkill amongst ‘Beasts of Bray’ and more,” the website states.
“Campers will have to use creative thinking and problem solving to find the most coveted items. The first rule is that we change the rules… when we want, for any reason we want and without notice.” Those who survive the night and complete the hunt will be felicitated the next morning at the Hellmaster Crowning Ceremony. They will become part of an elite club of members with special privileges.
Of course, the website assures that all the experiences are purely for entertainment, and no one will be in real danger. But just in case it all gets too overwhelming at any point, a camper can simply yell a safe phrase. All the big, bad monsters will back off, the moment they hear you scream: “I want my mommy!”
You could share a tent at the Great Horror Campout with your friends, or if you choose to go alone, with complete strangers. But you’re not going to be better off either way. “Even the campers who want to stay in their tents with friends or hang at the bonfire for movies will get ruined, just not as ruined as those who think they’re tough enough for the Hell Hunt,” the organizers said.
All the experiences begin at 8 pm and continue uninterrupted until 8 am the next day. During this time, campers are welcome to sleep, but they might experience ‘erratic interruptions’. The event comes with a disclaimer: “During Great Horror Campout, you may be forcibly handled, moved, bound, hooded, chained and subjected to simulated torture by our actors. You may witness strong verbal content, which may be considered offensive in nature. The content is part of the experience and is presented for entertainment purposes only.”
The campout event will be held on June 7 and 8, in select cities in the United States – Los Angeles, Houston, Austin, San Francisco, Sacramento, Seattle, Portland and San Diego.Tickets are priced at $149 per person, and can be purchased online. Apart from the horrifying experience, the package also includes buffet style dinner, continental breakfast and marshmallows for roasting.
Organizers are suggesting campers bring a few changes of underwear, just in case. If they’re expecting people go through more than one pair underwear in just one night, you can imagine the horrors they’ll probably put them through. As they declare on their home page: “Only the dawning sun will save you.”