After much fanfare, Shocktoberfest in Berks County opened its Naked and Scared attraction offering only the “prude” option where visitors would remain in their underwear instead of naked as owner Patrick Konopelski originally intended. Right before the attraction was scheduled to open, township officials denied a needed permit to allow customers to run through one of the park’s attractions in the nude.
Naked and Scared was created after Konopelski and his family watched an episode of Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid, where one man and one woman bare it all and try to survive in the wilderness for 21 days. Konopelski thought going through a haunted hause naked would leave customers feeling more vulnerable and therfore, more susceptible to being frightened.
The news of Naked and Scared went national a week before it was scheduled to open and Berks County natives were not very pleased to learn of such an attraction being offered in their backyards. Many residents were concerned for the safety of park visitors, especially those under 18. Konopelski indicated he took extra safety measures to ensure the protection of customers, including checking IDs to make sure customers were over 18, adding increased security guards, offering the attraction after normal hours and only allowing groups who came to the park together to go into the attraction together.
Whether or not you are brave enough to run through Naked and Scared, if you are a haunted house enthusiast Shocktoberfest is one haunted park you should visit. In addition to the “prude” option for Naked and Scared, Shocktoberfest customers may enjoy the Prison of the Dead Escape, a Zombie Revenge Haunted Hayride and the Monster Midway where you can play games, shoot zombies with paint balls or enjoy great food like burgers and funnel cakes.
Shocktoberfest is open Thursday through Sunday nights in October.