When things go wrong at Halloween time: A Zombie Outbreak


A real-life zombie experience held last weekend in the United Kingdom didn’t go exactly to plan for the participants and actors involved. Brighton Outbreak in the UK was hosting an event where participants had to first be picked up from a secret location. As part of the experience, paid actors pretended to kidnap the participants and put them into a van to drive them to another location where the zombie event would take place.

However there was a hiccup in the plan when a person passing by the scene thought it was a real kidnapping take place and called the police. The participants and actors involved thought the police who arrived on the scene were actually organised to participate in the event as well.

Fortunately for Brighton Outbreak they had already informed the police ahead of time about this event and the participants were allowed to continue along with the event. The rest of the event went to plan where participants were driven to the zombie experience, told they had been poisoned and had two hours to cure themselves as part of the storyline.

As real-life events such as these continue to grow in popularity around the world I think we’re going to see a few more of these types of stories start to emerge. While these experiences are exciting there’s also a blurring between reality and bringing interactive experiences into the real world.

While this type of problem probably won’t affect traditional room escapes situated in one location, it’s a serious issue for event organisers who do plan to bring escape game situations into a real environment. It’s a timely reminder for organisers of such events to be prepared and participants to be aware of their situation as well. Most of all, be safe at the end of the day.

By the way, Happy Halloween!



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2 thoughts on “When things go wrong at Halloween time: A Zombie Outbreak

  1. Chris M. Dickson November 3, 2014 at 5:02 am Reply

    Back at university, I used to be a member of the RPG society and we would play live-action RPGs (featuring active swords-and-sorcery combat with padded weapons) on the local common between about 11pm and 3am or so on some Friday nights, when it would be very rare that there would be anyone walking around to disturb (or, more likely, be disturbed by) us. We told the local constabulary in advance what the plan was, but we suspect they never understood what they believed to be rope-laying games.

    • E. November 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm Reply

      That sounds like an extremely awesome extracurricular activity to add to the resume.

      Essa 🙂

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