Please do not sign me up for Six Flags’ insane Halloween challenge
Looking for something spooky and kind of morbid to do for Halloween? Consider this challenge that Six Flags is putting up: Spend 30 hours in a literal wooden coffin for a chance to win some prizes.
’30 hours?’ you may think. That’s just over a day. You could withstand the creepiness and the claustrophobia for a day and a night for a great prize, right? Except the prize is $300. And even if you hang out in your coffin for all 30 hours, you may not even get it.
The Fright Fest 30-Hour Coffin Challenge is seeking six people (who hopefully aren’t afraid of the dark or confined spaces) to give this a go. Each contestant will be given a two-by-seven foot coffin where they’ll have to stay from 1 p.m. on Oct. 13 until 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 — 30 hours total. They can take a bathroom break every hour for up to six minutes, and during daylight hours, they’re allowed to have a friend there to keep them company. At night, they have to stay in their coffins alone. The contest page doesn’t specify whether the coffins can stay open, or if they have to be closed.
Honestly, laying in a coffin for 30 hours doesn’t even sound that bad. I’m not claustrophobic, and I could use a long nap. The boredom would be the hardest part. Does anyone know, can you have your phone in there?
But for $300? That’s barely even enough to cover the massage you’d need to work out your back after spending a day and a half on what is essentially a wooden board. Also, if more than one person lasts the full 30 hours in their coffin (entirely plausible), the winner of the $300 is determined by a drawing.
Luckily, there are some other prizes. Any of the six who completes the challenge will get season passes to Six Flags and tickets to some of the park’s special Halloween attractions. Oh, and they can keep their coffin, because apparently this whole thing wasn’t weird enough. Six Flags describes it as “handcrafted.”
So if you’re in the market for a free, artisan coffin, I guess sign right up. Otherwise, there may be better ways to celebrate Halloween.
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