A few emails/phone calls later, I now have 2 tickets to Friday, August 1st event in Portland, OR.
The web site says: “The Great Horror Campout is a 12-hour, overnight, interactive Horror camping adventure. Campers can choose their level of engagement by their choice of activities and tent zone. It can be an extreme or a more mild horror adventure. It’s completely up to the camper. Regardless of how high the camper chooses to turn up the volume on their experience, all content is strictly for entertainment purposes and at no time will campers ever be in real danger.”
Okay, I’ve been involved in the Haunt biz for over 20 years now. I should be fine with anything they come up with; right?
As I search the web site for information, I find a list of items to bring:
Mandatory/Must Bring: Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Flashlight, Dossier (which will be sent to you via email 24 hours before your stay), Old White T-Shirt (if you’re playing Blood Tag) – Plain and clean, it will get ruined. Blood Tag? Dossier, you say? Hmmm . . . Then I find the next list:
Items Not Necessary But Recommended: Snorkel Mask, Underwater Flashlight, Few Changes of Underwear, Change of Clothes, Snuggle Bear and Blankly, Bathing Suit, Towel, Water & Snacks.
Snorkel Mask & Underwater Flashlight?!?! WTH have I signed up for?
The web site states that campers wishing “For a Lower Octane (Less Extreme) Horror Experience” can choose activities like Horror movies, roasting marshmallows, campfire sing-a-longs. Ghost story telling, arts & crafts are all examples of an agenda for the campers who want a more laid back haunted experience. These campers can also opt for a tent in our “Chicken Zone” where they can hang with friends enjoy refreshments and be free from monsters joining them inside their tent. Also should you find that you just can’t take anymore you can always shout the safe phrase “I WANT MY MOMMY” and they promise all the big bad monsters will back off.
But then there are the types that want their monies worth, or “A High Octane (VERY EXTREME) Horror Experience” To get this level of engagement you book your tent in any of the other four tent sections which will keep you “FAIR GAME” all night long. No rest for the wicked.
For the Bad Asses, it can get even more interactive! Campers who find themselves up to their eyeballs in the “Hell Hunt” where they will compete for the coveted title of “Hellmaster.” It will take strategy and cerebral game play to find the mandatory SCAG items. Hell Hunt also has its own set of rules.
First Rule: They can change the rules. When they want, for any reason they want and without any notice. You’ll need to be listening for the camp announcements for the rule changes if you have any hope of escaping elimination.
Also listed within the web site is the phrase:
Fringe Areas/Bathrooms/Mess Hall (High Startle areas)
To be continued. . . . .