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The Most Terrifying Overnight Imaginable: Great Horror Campout

June 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | ()

While your spouse cowers during the scary movie “The Shining,” are you most horrified by watching Jack Nicholson chop apart such a charming country inn? Does your idea of the perfect overnight have less to do with “heavenly beds” and more in common with “A Nightmare on Elm Street”?

Well, you’re weird. But we love you anyway. And we get it.

And that’s why we’re pumped to share one of the most frighteningly fantastic overnights we’ve encountered: the Great Horror Campout, an immersive experience that puts the guests in the middle of a “Friday the 13th” flick. The Campout’s “Summer Tour,” which runs from July 11-August 2, will bring it to wooded areas of San Francisco, Sacramento, Seattle and Portland, where gluttons for goose bumps will pitch a tent and be subjected to a 12-hour evening of interrupted sleep, creepy noises, and masked psychos crashing your marshmallow-roasting party. You know, all the stuff that would normally cause you to complain to the front desk in the morning, but is, when you sign up for it — really freaking (freaky) fun.

From the sound of it, this isn’t for the faint of heart, either. If you can’t hang with the rubber masks at the local haunted house, an evening at Chez “Saw” probably isn’t for you: “During Great Horror Campout you may be forcibly handled, moved, bound, hooded, chained and subjected to simulated torture by our actors,” the website promises. If you really want to take things to the next level, there’s even an optional “Hell Hunt” where guests scavenge the woods for hidden items and up-close-and-personal scares. But don't worry too much: Tents are arranged by zones that reflect personal preference for "immersive terror," and guests can yell "I want my mommy!" as the "safety phrase" that signals bad guys to back off. (Yes, really.)

Tickets start at $99 for each spot in a four-person tent. Now we’re just hoping some actual hotels will take a cue and launch something similar. Maybe The Stanley Hotel, which inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining,” and continues to play it on a continuous loop in guest room TVs? Or America’s oldest continuously operating (and reputedly haunted) hotel, the Omni Parker House? Get on it, guys. Halloween will be here before you know it.

[Image: Great Horror Campout website]

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