This past week I got a call (or text, I don't remember) from my buddy Brian about helping out in a Haunted Forest up on Belding, MI, with a group from GVSU--the Capoeira Mandinga group. I agreed seeing that I was flat broke from my 21st birthday celebration the weekend before in Chicago and so Saturday I went out to Belding and the epic began.
We arrived and it was cold. It looked like it was going to rain and man was I not dressed to be out in the cold and/or rain for five hours. Luckily, they provided a nice warm tent for us to hang out in until 7pm and some free brats as well.
Around 7 Brian, Duncan (a mutual friend of ours) and I were assigned costumes. Brian was a werewolf, I was a zombie, and Duncan got the most bad ass part: the crazy Doctor. We donned our costumes and took a tour of the 'forest' while there was still daylight and eventually were assigned our spots to creep people out.
8:30pm came and we took our places and waited for groups of people to come through. Being a zombie, I was in a ruined and dug up graveyard, in an open coffin--totally Dracula style. Let me just say that two hours in a casket and moving around for 30 minutes all night had me freezing my hands and feet off. I almost ditched the whole thing I was so damn cold, but I did managed to scare a few people by leaping out of the near-darkness of the coffin.
At 11:15pm they ended the whole ordeal and thanked us all graciously. I pulled my plastic mask/wig off and I swear a liter of condensation fell off the mask and onto my hand. It was ridiculous. The best part of the night was when the event leader, Cindy, begged our friend Duncan to come back to play the Doctor in the 'forest' because he was so good. Mind you, Duncan is a theatre major at Aquinas and basically knows how to act like an insane person. I wish I had seen him in action.
All in all, it was a great night despite being utterly angry at the cold of the coffin/graveyard I was in. I had fun.
(the links to the costumes above are the actual costumes we wore.)