Over 8.000 people have flooded Six Flags St. Louis with entries to participate in its Fright Fest 30-Hour Coffin Challenge. Intended to celebrate the 30th year of Fright Fest, the contest is basically what it sounds like. Six people will be selected to spend 30 hours in a coffin in hopes of winning $300. Oh, and they get to keep the coffin. The winner will also receive two 2019 Gold Season Passes, a Fright Fest Prize package including two VIP Haunted House passes and a ticket for two to ride the Freak Train for Freaks Unleashed. Participants will enter their coffins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 13 and will not emerge until 7:00 pm on Sunday October 14.
There will be a six minute bathroom break per hour, but beyond that, they will not be allowed out. They can bring a friend but these visitors won’t be allowed in outside of park hours. However, the contestants won’t be alone as “some of our Fright Fest Freaks will be lurking about in the darkness.” Six Flags spokesperson Elizabeth Gotway said, “We will have some voluntary challenges for them to participate in… They will be challenges of a creepy nature.”
If more than one participant remains after the 30 hours, a random drawing will be held to award the $300, but all remaining contestants will get the Gold Passes and VIP packages.
The Coffin Challenge has taken on a life of its own. “We never dreamed it would get this kind of attention,” said Gotway. She clarified that the coffins will be cut-away and not sealed shut. Contestants will also be allowed to sit up to eat and can adjust their position within the coffin as they wish. Park staff will be on hand to monitor their condition at all times.
“We use this type of coffin in the park as a prop. They will be partially enclosed, but not their faces, not their heads. At any given moment they could slide the lid completely off and just get up and say ‘I’m done.'”
The cut off for entries is October 3, and Gotway says that the judges will read every entry in order to determine which six people will compete for the whopping $300 prize. If you really want $300 (and your own coffin) you can submit an entry here.