Six Flags Offers Macabre Challenge, With a $300 Prize

If you can tough it out in a coffin for 30 hours, your wallet could get a cash infusion
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2018 11:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you've been dying to take a 30-hour nap in a coffin and wouldn't mind getting $300 at the end of your repose, Six Flags St. Louis has just the Halloween-themed happening for you. Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that's how much the theme park is offering for one lucky person who completes its "30-Hour Coffin Challenge," a shoutout to the 30th anniversary of the Fright Fest it holds each fall. From 1pm on Oct. 13 to 7pm on Oct. 14, six contestants will each lie down in a 2-by-7-foot coffin, where they'll have to stay for the duration, save for one six-minute bathroom break each hour.

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What's allowed: a pillow and blanket, a cellphone to while away the time, and a friend, though that friend will have to leave when the park closes and can't come back till opening time the next day. Six Flags will provide meals, drinks, and snacks. WSB-TV notes it's unclear whether the coffin lid will be shut on participants or propped open, though it surmises ("for health and liability reasons") it will likely be an open-casket endeavor. If more than one contestant makes it the whole 30 hours, there will be a drawing to see who keeps the cash, but anyone who completes the task will receive two Gold Season Passes, free passes for certain Fright Fest attractions, and an extra prop for their Halloween decor: their casket. The deadline to register for a shot is midnight on Oct. 3. (Read more Six Flags stories.)

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