The creepy fun keeps getting better and better every year at the Great Horror Campout.
The Great Horror Campout, presented by Freeform’s “Dead of Summer,” unleashed another year of summer camp fun for horror fiends. This time the location switched from Griffith Park’s Old Zoo to Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium for some terror on a mountain top.
Living Out Loud – Los Angeles was able to join in once again for the fun at this year’s weekend event.
Unlike previous years, the layout and gameplay changed. Gone are the scattered pieces of SCAG (Shit All Campers Get) to collect in order to achieve Hellmaster status. A Hellmaster is a camper who collects all levels of SCAG from the horror-movie inspired scavenger hunt that pushes you to your limits. Only the most hell-bent achieve this.
The sort of things you have to endure to get SCAG are truly the things of nightmares, but that’s kind of the point. You have to figure your way out of coffins, pour vomit into containers on top of teammates’ heads (I had ad to wash my hair twice to get the stink out.). It’s not for the faint of heart.
The annual fun just keeps getting better and better every year. While more organized this year, the only issue was the difficulty in figuring out how some clues to other sections of the games came into play, as well as there being more lines than a steady flow. It is however a greater improvement from the first couple years where there wasn’t a limit on finding SCAG, which led to digging in places that were a part of the fun but not meant to be taken apart. The choice to make SCAG more a part of the games now makes sense but still needs a little refinement.
The thrill truly comes from facing survival situations against the creatures of the camp alongside others who enjoy the frightful simulations that create friends on the fly to work together as a team to survive. If that’s not really your speed, there’s also all night arts and crafts to teach you how to make realistic wounds, horror movie marathons and ghost stories by the fire with roasting marshmallows.
Be sure to check it out next year, as well as their year-round screenings hosted at the Old Zoo at Griffith Park.