Six Flags St. Louis is asking visitors to spend 30 hours inside a 2-foot by 7-foot coffin at the theme park for the chance to win $300.
In the lead-up to Halloween, the Missouri location is taking their annual Fright Night Fest one step further by giving horror fans the opportunity to put more than one foot in the grave on October 13 from 1pm.
The competition is limited to six competitors and as well as being able to leave their chamber for six minutes every hour to use the restroom, they are allowed to invite a guest to spend time with them during operating hours.
Six Flags St. Louis is asking visitors to spend 30 hours inside a 2-foot by 7-foot coffin at the theme park for the chance to win $300
The Fright Night challenge will begin October 13 from 1pm until 7pm the following day
With the standard coffin length being about 6ft 6in, average height users are in for a treat with around half a foot extra room.
However the real challenge comes when they must sleep without their companion after the park closes and last until 7pm the following day.
‘Coffin dwellers will be allowed to bring a friend along during Fright Fest operating hours, but they must brave the non-operating hours alone,’ the release says.
‘Well, not exactly alone, some of our Fright Fest Freaks will be lurking about in the darkness.’
With the standard coffin length being about 6ft 6in, average height users are in for a treat with around half a foot extra room
Participants won’t go hungry as staff will feed them from their ‘bed’. Competitors can cozy up to their own blankets of sleeping bag and bring a pillow for a more comfortable stay.
Those crammed into the space will also be given the luxury of a phone charging station.
Six Flags’ spooky competition also includes the chance to take home the ‘slightly used’ coffin they used should the participant last the duration, and several prizes to be used at the theme park are in it.
It includes a Fright Fest Prize package containing a pair of VIP Haunted House passes, a ticket for two people to ride the Freak Train for Freaks Unleashed, and two Gold Season Passes for 2019.
The latter includes unlimited access to 13 of their parks and two more on the way, as well as parking perks that can set visitors back $25 a time and free tickets for friends on selected days.
The park will give winners a package of other prizes including a gold season pass on sale for $59.99 at the moment
Competitors can charge their phones and have a friend with them during opening hours
But it’s being advertised for as little as $59.99 in a 70 percent off sale on their website at the moment.
Those entering must be over 18 and prove it with a valid photo ID.
They cannot have a pre-existing medical condition that may pose a risk to their well-being while taking part and organisers have arranged for waivers to be signed to protect them legally should anything go awry.
‘Anyone who gets out of their coffin for any reason, with the exception of the designated bathroom breaks, will be out of the contest,’ the park warns.
But one social media user thought the rules were too strict.
‘I’d need more than 6 minutes for bathroom breaks. Especially if I’m not moving very much,’ The Liberal Journals wrote in response to a tweet about the competition.
Fright Fest Freaks will be lurking about in the darkness
Fright Fest Freaks will be lurking about in the darkness and participants must sleep without a companion on October 14
If the competition is too easy and more than one person last the 30 hours, the park will host a random draw for the prize money but multiple winners can claim the season passes and Fright Fest package.
Over 3,000 labor hours and 2,000 hours of performance rehearsals go into creating the event each year and staff hand out 330,000 pieces of candy.
Guest cannot get enough of the zombie-filled park once it turns dark and 500 gallons of fog liquid get used to create the misty zones while 10,000 square feet of webbing is displayed over the six weekends that began September 21.
The park stays open until 9pm on Sundays but hours get later in the days before October 31 when Halloween enthusiasts can visit until midnight.
‘We have added a new maze, a new scare zone and more iconic characters to an already over the top, scary Halloween event,’ Park President Don McCoy said about their 10 attractions.
‘Every year we dial up the fear factor with new and innovative experiences for our guests and this year will be the best Fright Fest ever.’