Great Horror Campout to return in 2015, promising more scares than ever before in touring show

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Ten Thirty One Productions has announced the return of The Great Horror Campout, which will begin touring in June 2015 beginning with two nights in Los Angeles.

On June 5th and 6th, the 12-hour interactive horror camping adventure will offer campers a full night of terrors, with tickets now on sale – just in time for the holidays.

“We are developing a night that is packed with layered interactive content to provide our campers an experience that they will never forget,” said Melissa Carbone, CEO of Ten Thirty One Productions. “This chapter will again continue to push the envelope and kill the spectator sport status quo in the live attraction space. Campers will leave feeling like they have been fully submerged in the experience for the entire night.”

The Great Horror Campout offers campers to a choice to sleep in two- or four-person tents. Campers can choose their level of engagement when they choose their activities and tent zone. The experience can be an extreme horror adventure or a more mild horror adventure based on preference. Additionally, Hellmasters from previous years will receive VIP status and many perks at all future Campouts and TTO productions.

“Our goal is to get campers to go further and further down the rabbit hole. The further they go, the more they engage, the bloodier, scarier, more challenging the experience will get,” added Carbone.

Tickets can be found at www.greathorrorcampout.com. More cities and dates will be announced in the upcoming months.

Here’s a report from the 2014 version of the Great Horror Campout, courtesy of Adam Leonard:

As my friends and I drove to Beaver Creek, OR, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of The Great Horror Campout. The website for the event promised a “High Octane, Very Extreme” event where “Only the Dawning Sun Will Save You”, the event even boasted a safe word(I WANT MY MOMMY) just in case the proceedings got too intense. Would I be terrified out of my mind for 12 straight hours? Or like many other events, was this another haunt that over promises?

I can happily report that The Great Horror Campout amounted to one of the most fun nights of my life. It’s not too scary, it’s creepy, but The Great Horror Campout strikes a pitch perfect balance of scares and fun. Participation is paramount, the more you participate, the more into it you are, the more fun you are going to have, and the more you are going to get out of your time there.

Here’s a list of things my friends Brett, Chas, and I experienced during our night at The Great Horror Campout:

– Brett was propositioned by a friendly Redneck who wanted him to be his “little Pooh Bear”, that same Redneck remembered Brett and proceeded to call him “Snuggle Bunny” throughout the rest of the night.

– I was covered in chunks of blood and viscera after being hugged by a humanoid creature made out of meat, and this was only 15 minutes after arriving.

– We had to put some vomit into condoms.

– I got “tongued” by a group of Purge-esque serial killers.

– We played a game with some clowns, and it ended with Chas being locked in the trunk of a car.

– We learned how many things can be bargained for using the power of dance. (Make sure you have the Goatmen show you the Goat Dance!)

– We spent waaaay to much time silently navigating a labyrinth full of Chupacabras. (Camp highlight, a must do!)

– I made it to the final round of Blood Tag, but got gunned down really quick.

– I tried not to get slapped by Cthulu, but only mostly succeeded.

– I got bound, hooded and abducted by a sketchy looking van, but I got rewarded with candy for my experience.

– We acted out famous horror movie scenes in front of the entire camp, and got doused with blood. (Brett got doused in Hershey Syrup because he was doing a scene from Psycho.)

The Great Horror Campout is one of the most macabre, surreal, hilarious things I have ever experienced. At heart it is a scavenger hunt on steroids. The Hell Hunt, as it’s called, is an action packed adventure that has you engaging in all kind of wild activities, and interacting with all kinds of horrific characters while trying to get your hands on the precious S.C.A.G. (Shit All Campers Get, which takes the form of all kinds of insidious items such as various body parts, missing children posters, satanic coins, and the aforementioned condom filled with a convincingly puke like substance) that are required to become a Hell Master.

If you are one of the lucky few to collect enough S.C.A.G. to become a Hell Master, you get a special sash and merit badge to signify your status. That sash gives you the ability to buy tickets for future campouts early, and special “perks” at said future campouts.

One last thing deserves a special note, the cast and crew for the Great Horror Campout were fantastic. The costumes are top notched, and everyone played their parts well. Of particular note are the Headmaster and his Camp Counselors. The Headmaster carries on the proceedings with equal parts charm, and vulgarity. He is a character that would be very much at home in the movie The Devil’s Rejects. The camp counselors provide some jump frights, but also did an admirable job of making sure people were taking full advantage of the evening, stepping in to help if people were looking a bit lost. The counselors also seemed to impressively remember all of us (no small feat as there were over a 100 of us in attendance). They did a really good job of remembering some interaction that they had with you earlier in the evening, which helped give a more personal experience to the whole event.

I fully recommend that if you are a fan of horror, or if you are looking for something that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before, do yourself a favor and check out The Great Horror Campout, whether it be this the last few weekends they are running this year, or when they go on tour again next year. You’ll be glad you did.

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