Here’s an adult summer camp with a creepy twist: Fright Nights Campout.
13 hours. One night. The thrills of a lifetime.
The Fright Nights Campout Experience
Since they have so succinctly written it up on their website, here’s what their adult summer camp is all about:
The days of watching horror movies from the comfort and safety of your couch are over. With Fright Nights Campout, you are living the horror movie and all you have to do is survive the night with your friends. Do you think you have what it takes to make it through a night of being confronted with flesh eating, terror driven, blood soaked monsters? Gather up your friends, reserve a tent and put your horror movie skills to the test at Fright Nights Campout.
They let you choose your level of interaction with three different tent choices (and prices):
- Chicken Leg Tent – $65/person, 4 per tent: These are set up in their “Pansy Zone.” Monsters can’t touch you in this zone. (Since I love the idea of this kind of a horror camp for adults, but am myself a bawk, bawk chicken butt, this would be both the tent and zone I most likely stayed in the entire night…if I didn’t flee the camp at some point during the night. Probably early on. Like when I spotted the first monster…or heard the first chainsaw.)
- Blood Tent – $75/person, 4 per tent: This is the full interactive experience. Which, according to them, is their way of saying they “may cut your tent in half.” (I feared chainsaws might be involved…)
- Guts Tent – $85/person, 2 per tent: This is for couples. Apparently it comes “complete with a garden view and nightly turn down service.” But even though these are the most secluded tents, don’t expect to get much privacy. You know how horror movies work…the couples are always stalked (and maimed) first!
The thing I found interesting is you could end up sharing a tent with strangers.
…if you do not want to share a tent, be sure to purchase the entire tent package on the registration page. For those campers arriving alone or only buying a partial tent, be prepared to shack up with strangers.
Sounds like a great way to meet new friends…who you might not know for very long.
If you’re wondering what the price of your tent gets you, besides a night of fun-filled terror, they do also feed you.
For dinner it’s “good ole fashioned campout food”: hot dogs, hamburgers (even veggie ones), and chips.
For breakfast they provide doughnuts and muffins.
Fun and Camp Games
You get to compete against the monsters and fellow campers to earn points and try to become the Ultimate Campout Winner. Games include:
- Extreme Hide N’ Seek
- Tent Terrors
- The Skull Hunt (Which they say is their most popular, and which on their site they give a clue about: to win this game, start looking for clues the moment you arrive.)
They also have “tamer” games (for bawk, bawk chickenbutts like me?):
- Slip and Slide Monster Kick Ball
- Monster Soccer
- Arts and crafts
Fright Nights Campout Survival Guide
They also post a guide for surviving this horror adult summer camp experience. They have both a Required Items list and a Recommended Items list.
Required gear includes flashlight, old clothes, and old shoes. They warn your clothes may get ruined. They probably mean from mud, but in my case they’d be soiled from natural waste.
Under the recommended items, you can bring a cooler, just no alcohol (or drugs). Awww, I know some of you are bummed about that. Too bad. No liquid courage. Have to suck it up and experience it sober.
They also suggested diapers, which I found hilarious. (Although it might help prevent destroying clothes from soiling.)
Their FAQs are also on their Survival Guide page and are as entertaining as they are informative, if you’re looking to add a little levity to your day.
The good news is there are a lot of Fright Nights Campouts events taking place this summer. The bad news is, they’re mostly in the Eastern and Southern U.S.
Here’s where and when they’ll be happening:
- June 3: Tampa, FL
- June 4: Jacksonville FL
- June 10: Indianapolis, IN
- June 11: Louisville, KY
- June 24: Columbia, SC
- June 25: Charlotte, NC
- July 8: Columbus, OH
- July 9: Cincinnati, OH
- July 22 & 23: Chicago, IL
- August 5: Birmingham, AL
- August 6: Nashville, TN
- August 12 & 13: Atlanta, GA
- August 26 & 27: New York
- October 1 & 14: Lexington, KY
The Pansy Zone
The more I read about this zone, the more I think I’d be perfectly fine spending the whole night there. Camp fire, horror movies, live shows, and no monsters touching you? Yep, that’s up my alley.
What About You?
Up for an adult summer camp like this? Which tent would you go for? Is a Fright Nights Campout coming to a city near you this summer? If so, would you dare go?