Here’s the good thing about walking through a haunted house naked: You can’t wet your pants.
By LISA GUTIERREZ
The Kansas City Star
Patrick Konopelski, who owns Shocktoberfest “scream” park in Sinking Spring, Pa., wants to challeng his patrons to walk through The Unknown haunted house in the buff.
Patrons will have two options: Nude or Prude.
The prudes wear their undies.
Wonder how that would play in the West Bottoms.
Konopelski tells the New York Daily News that his Naked and Scared Challenge is “taking people down to their core, making them as vulnerable as possible with zero protection.”
The newspaper calls the event the first nude fright attraction of its kind. After Jay Leno talked about it on “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday, Konopelski has been contacted by media from around the world.
But there’s a big catch: As of Wednesday he was still negotiating with local authorities to pull off the event, which is supposed to begin on Friday.
The Reading (Pa.) Eagle newspaper reports that zoning restrictions might not allow it. "It's obviously stressful," he told the Reading newspaper Wednesday.
"Worst-case scenario, it's the prude option. But we want to give the people what we've been telling them."
Townsfolk have been complaining to the police chief – who calls it the “talk of the town” – since the park announced its plans a few weeks ago.
Local authorities are worried about a naked haunted house leading to inappropriate or dangerous behavior.
It’s not about sex, Konopelski tells the Daily News. No sexual misconduct or inappropriate touching will be tolerated; security will be posted to make sure of that, he says.
Participants have to be 18 and they will never be seen by customers not involved in the challenge, according to the park’s website. The naked event doesn’t start until after midnight, after regular hours.
Gone are the days from 22 years ago when Konopelski could scare folks with rubber masks and plastic knives, he tells the Daily News.
He’s amped up the scare tactics so much with elaborate sets, actors and such, that the nude challenge seemed like a fresh twist.
He got the idea from the Discovery Channel survivalist show “Naked and Afraid,” where a man and woman are left naked on a desert island for 21 days.
Predictably, some people who have posted comments on the park’s Facebook page are worried, skeptical and downright angry.
“I hope the authorities shut you down. You are asking for trouble. Is this even legal?”
“What is the minimum age to enter the house? Because 18-24 like myself looks young and might attract pedophiles!”
“All these people saying they will do this ... Other than a few drunk college kids, I don't think they will sell many tickets.”
But there was also this: “If you don't like the idea then don't show up! Simple as that. They're not forcing people to do this.”
Jay Leno is one of those unsure about the full-monty option.
"Have you seen what most Americans look like naked these days?" he joked on his show. "This is probably the only haunted house where the ghosts are more frightened than the visitors."