Upstate New York is a region known for its sprawling, camping-ready wildernesses — and its countless annual haunted houses and hay rides. It seems like kind of a no-brainer to combine the two into one spectacularly horrifying event. Batavia's Scream Campout Live promises to "break even the strongest will." Taking cues from the recent crop of extreme Haunted Houses like New York City's and Los Angeles' Blackout, San Diego's McKamey Manor, and New Hampshire's The Cult Scream Campout Live is bringing the horror to a much larger, and equally frightening scale. Live actors hunt and chase campers through a slaughterhouse, a graveyard, a chainsaw maze, and a variety of other environments while constantly upping the horror ante with anything from disorientating strobes to making attendees crawl through total darkness. Campers must be 18 or older. Scream Campout Live's website puts it best: "The night is watching you. Don't close your eyes."
Scream Campout Live! will take place every Friday and Saturday, 7:45 p.m., through August 23, at 3500 Harloff Road, Batavia. Tickets are $50. For more information, visit screamcampoutlive.com.