I have been watching and reading the past week about Pat's Shocktoberfest ""Unknown Haunted House" event that has gone viral nationally and has many different comments on this thread.
Personally I think it is an event that will be a fad of a year or two. The popularity of the Naked and Afraid show on the Family type channel, Discovery Channel has been very high. One has to be careful not to let it get out of hand. From what I have read it appears that Pat is setting it up to avoid problems, much like the Discovery channel blurs the body parts on the show.
The idea at this time seems very ingenious and has been a PR hit and got many talking. Larry has a point of the possible stereotype that the whole event may get. The personal attacks I have read on this thread only expose people themselves for who they are. Discuss the idea and make your points.
Would I do that in my haunt, in little small town Huntington, Indiana? The haunt that is the longest running haunt in the world even if it isn't recognized by certain experts and industry self proclaimed sites and associations? No. I won't be doing it in Huntington.
Would I do it in Ft Wayne, Indiana, at the Haunted Cave, my new haunt I just bought? Maybe. Ft Wayne is a bigger market. How would I do it? Well, one of the local radio stations morning shows that have a man and woman in their late 20's hosting have brought the idea to me to do a a ONE night charity fundraiser. So yes I may do it and keep it to one night and have fun with it as well as be very careful to control the whole event in a way to not lose our identity to a stereotype of that haunt with naked people.
Why would I do it? If done right, the event would garner publicity, and with the radio station involved like this it would be a fad event with a charity benefiting. Several years ago we did an event that Kelly Collins had talked about in a seminar at MWH that we used. Try to stay the night at the Haunted Hotel was done with a Halloween costume store. At the end of the season ten names were drawn and the person who picked the right key (only 3 were brave enough to show up) got to stay after we closed on a Saturday night and had to be there until dawn to win $1000. The hand picked staff was promised $500 to split if they were successful in scaring them out. The kid stayed, but almost left in the middle of the night. The talk of that promotion went for several years as we kept fielding calls about it by people wanting to volunteer to try to win the money.
As many have mentioned, this industry has a wide variety of event themes within itself and the idea of leaving a fear, that of being naked around others, is not broached very often. But the one host on the Today show that did say she would try it was from the United Kingdom, where nudity isn't the prudish thing we Americans make it out to be. The idea is not about sex, but fear of nudity around others.