Last year Shocktoberfest in Pennsylvania made headlines countrywide by announcing their Naked and Scared Challenge. The idea was to allow guests to shed their “protection” by removing all clothing before walking through a haunted house that was designed to stimulate all senses.
But the town stepped in, deciding that patrons voluntarily walking naked through a private haunted house was “adult entertainment” and could not take place. Though it likely could have happened with a fight, Shocktoberfest owner Pat Konopelski decided not to make enemies at City Hall, instead making it the “Almost” Naked and Scared Challenge, in which everyone could participate in their underwear – still achieving the same stripped down effect.
For 2014, Pat has brought back the Naked and Scared Challenge after much demand, continuing to draw excited thrill seekers each event night. After all families have left and all other lines are cleared, the go-ahead is given for guests to take their clothes off, enduring the 40-degree weather, and brave “The Unknown” – the name of the haunted house that features air blasts, water, and other close encounters for one’s bare skin.
And this year, I took part myself, not only to get a sense of what it’s all about but also to shoot another fantastically entertaining video of all the fun. You’ll have to take my word for it that I was only wearing boxers while behind the camera filming the three guys and two girls in the video below. These are actual Shocktoberfest guests too, not actors.
Fair warning: Last year’s video was blurred to keep the video fairly safe. This year, it’s uncensored and shot from a POV perspective. And the two girls who accompanied me were strippers wearing thongs. So be ready for some behinds. (Yep, this is perfect Outside the Magic material…)
Video: Shocktoberfest Almost Naked and Scared Challenge 2014 uncensored
Being nearly naked definitely heightens the haunted house experience. There is little boundary between you and your surroundings, leaving you feeling exposed – because you are. On top of that, the cold weather coupled with surprising effects amp up what are otherwise rather ordinary startles. There’s nothing sexual about the experience, only a chance to break all barriers and take on the terrors within, leaving nothing to hide behind. I do think Pat stumbled onto something interesting with this experience, a chance for those who have become bored or desensitized to haunted houses to recapture that feeling of being on edge when entering. There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than stripping down with The Unknown quite literally ahead.
Find out more information about Shocktoberfest, including the Naked and Scared Challenge, on their web site.