I Survived A Simulated Zombie Apocalypse In Fort Worth.
I think it's safe to say we've all stopped and pondered for a moment which of our friends would make our zombie apocalypse teams should that time ever comes. I mean, right? It's not that crazy a daydream in this zombie–obsessed world we live in.
Actually, I know for a fact that it's not. Because that was the very draw behind this weekend's zombie squad dry-runs at Hangman's House of Horrors' “Mission: Apocalypse.”
Set on the grounds of a former World War I FAA site, the mission came equipped with plenty of fright and piss-your-pants moments. Here's how it went down: Armed with a few supplies (a canteen, a medicine bottle, a can of beans, guns and 30 rounds of ammo each), attendees were sent through a course with the objective of making it past a cast of live zombie actors with their “life span” (read: a belt with a couple flags wrapped around it) intact.
It was scary as hell, too. Panic ensued with each scream. Those with the most well-organized teams definitely fared best. As for the rest of us, it was a hellish experience. The rooms were dark, illuminated only by the scopes of our guns, making it hard to search for items we needed to collect to earn points during our missions. Fear ran up our spines as zombie moans seemed to be getting closer and closer with each passing moment. And that was just the start: After making it through the first wave of zombies, we hopefuls were met by other survivors, who'd then turn on us, trying to steal our supplies and flags. At the course's end, points were calculated in humbling fashion as the number of supplies dropped and ammo shot in vain was tallied.
It was a pretty eye-opening experience, and good on the folks behind Hangman's for putting so much work into their efforts, the proceeds from which went to five local charities. That's one way to make attendees feel good about doing so badly in these zombie practice runs, I suppose.
Maybe the next time, we'll be better prepared. Because, make no mistake, there will be a next time — if not a situation in which we're fending off actual zombies, then just time spent enjoying the usual terror that Hangman's has to offer.
Halloween is just two months off, after all. And while that's right around the corner, it's also plenty of time for us all to up our collective zombie survivalist efforts.
Because, if I learned anything this weekend, it's that none of us are all that great at it just yet.