Remember last week, when the news was buzzing about that haunted house in Pennsylvania that would allow visitors to go in nude? Yeah, well that’s been canceled. It seems the town officials didn’t think it was such a good idea. But guests can still go through in their underwear. Because that’s just as much fun! Isn’t it? No, no it’s not. Not at all.
Visitors to a Pennsylvania “Naked and Scared” haunted house may still be spooked, but they certain won’t be nude.
Shocktoberfest has pulled the plug on the au naturel aspect of its haunted house amid opposition from officials.
The heavily-publicized “Naked and Scared Challenge” at the seasonal “Scream Park” in Sinking Spring, Pa., was to allow guests 18 and older to streak through the haunted house in the buff. Both “nude” and “prude” tickets were being offered, and the unique — and unclothed — attraction was covered by media outlets around the world.
However, local officials weren’t thrilled with the idea, or the attention.
“Although the Naked and Scared Challenge is legal, due to this worldwide attention, it has been requested by our township officials not of offer the ‘nude’ option,” the people behind Shocktoberfest wrote in a statement on their Facebook page.
Visitors will still be given the “prude” option and allowed to walk through the haunted house wearing nothing but their underwear
“We still feel confident this experience will be very intense,” the post continued.
Those who had their hearts set on going through in their birthday suits and don’t want the “prude” option will be given a full refund.
Patrick Konopelski, who launched the Reading-area Halloween attraction about two decades ago, said the original nude idea was inspired by the Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid” show. In it, pairs of strangers are left to survive for 21 days without even the clothes on their backs, which makes them even more vulnerable.
“Every year we keep thinking we gotta go bigger, we gotta go better, we gotta impress them more. Rather than going bigger better, I could now scare you with a feather,” he told the Associated Press.
Sinking Spring and nearby Spring Township told Konopelski that the naked element was not included in his original application for a public gathering permit, and it couldn’t be done without approval.
“We didn’t have time to react or fully think through all the issues that could arise from something like this,” Spring Township Manager Jay Vaughan told the Associated Press. “He certainly has the right next year to make application and we will react accordingly, but that’s next year.”
And Konopelski said he does plan to work with officials so guests could be allowed to strip down completely for the 2014 haunted house.
I’m guessing the town could have allowed him to do it this year, and this whole permit thing is a bunch of red tape. I won’t be surprised if they deny permission next year as well.