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Halloween haunt receives national acclaim, sets new bar for fright

By , - Last modified: October 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

BOO!

Did I scare you? Probably not … and that isn't my job.

But for some local businesses, putting the spook in you is a No. 1 priority.

Recently recognized as the nation's best by Fright Time Magazine, Shocktoberfest is Pennsylvania's premier haunted scream park. The park, just off Route 422 in Sinking Spring, is in its 22nd year as a major attraction in the fall in Berks County.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its premier attraction – the prison of the dead – it has added more scare zones, redesigned rooms and created an interactive experience that allows you to choose to be a visitor or a zombie.

Visitors receive a flag football belt with three flags representing your brain, heart and entrails. The zombie experience is where you will be transformed into a zombie, driven to the prison in the zombie transport vehicle and then stationed throughout – where your instincts will take over, infecting visitors with the living dead virus (by capturing their flags).

And with television programs such as "The Walking Dead" attracting millions of viewers each week, people all over the world are engrossed with the idea of becoming "zombified."

Shocktoberfest is embracing the trend and giving its visitors the chance to be on the other side of the scare.

Also new this year is the Naked and Scared Challenge. Inspired by the hit show "Naked and Afraid" on Discovery, Shocktoberfest has created this challenge to test your fears and phobias on an entire new level. It takes place at the end of the night after all customers have gone through the unknown haunted house, and it allows participants to go through almost nude (with just your underwear). It's designed to see if you have gymnophobia – the fear of being nude. Participants must be 18 and sign a waiver.

And while these are just a couple of the attractions at Shocktoberfest, more grueling adventures await. From the zombie revenge haunted hayride to the monster midway (games, food, etc.), Shocktoberfest deserves all of its acclaim.

While several Halloween haunts exist in the region – such as Dorney Park's Halloween Haunt near Allentown and The Devil's Folly in Allentown, to name a few – Shocktoberfest offers the greatest variety for children and adults.

The scream park's last day of operation this year is Nov. 3. For more information, visit www.shocktoberfest.com.

Attractions:

Main Attractions
• Zombie revenge haunted hayride.
• Prison of the dead escape.
• The unknown.

Additional Attractions
• Naked and scared challenge.
• Club shock (private parties).
• Monster midway (free with purchase of attractions).

Pricing:

Single pass (one main attraction): $15.
Double pass (any two main attractions): $26.
All-access pass (all three main attractions): $34.
Prison of the dead escape zombie experience: $20.
Naked and scared challenge: $20.

RIP upgrade pass: $15.
The RIP pass will allow you to use the special RIP entrance to all attractions, taking you to the front of the attraction lines. Only one pass is needed per person and is good for as many attractions you purchase. Note: RIP passes are $10 when purchased online.

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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