Summer is just about here and that means it’s time to pack up your gear and head out to a Cabin (or tent) in the Woods. A few weeks ago we shared information on the UK’s new “Horror Camp Live!” experience kicking off on Friday the 13th weekend in July.  Now here in the U.S., Haunt Stalkers can attend “Haunted Slumber Camp Massacre” taking place in  Rockford, Illinois. This camp is actually more of a haunt convention/seminar than a full out haunt experience but it still sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

R.I.P. Productions will present the “Haunted Slumber Camp Massacre” Friday and Saturday, July 13-14, in Rockford, Ill. The event will feature interactive haunted house workshops, “Gorification” (featuring gruesome gore, airbrushing techniques, and hands-on demonstrations), “The Scarezone” (featuring character development and scare techniques), “Chiller Theater” featuring Friday the 13th slasher movies, and “Frights, Camera, Action” where you become the horror star in a slasher flick.

“Haunted Slumber Camp Massacre” will begin at 5:30 p.m., Friday, July 13, and run through 11 p.m., Saturday, July 14. The camp is open to haunted attraction actors, owners/operators and anyone interested in attending (must be 16 years of age or older). Cost is $35 per person, which includes transportation on the “Camp Massacre Bus” (mandatory), workshops and supplies. Visit for information or a registration form, or call (815) 965-6772. Attendance is limited to the first 50 victims, and registration deadline is July 1.

R.I.P. Productions has been hosting, organizing and facilitating seminars for haunt owners and actors throughout Illinois and Wisconsin since 2005. Each year since 2002, R.I.P. has brought total fear and mayhem to northern Illinois with the Trail of Screams, Screamatorium Haunted House and Fear Asylum Haunted House. The group strives to continuously stay on the cutting edge of the entertainment industry, utilizing digital technology, Hollywood-quality props and prosthetics, hosting guest appearances by professional horror film actors and providing quality, professionalism and entertainment value to every patron.

The 2012 Fear Asylum Haunted House will open Friday, Oct. 5, at the Belvidere Park District William Grady Pool. (Because of the intense nature of the event, parental guidance is strongly recommended). For additional information, the public is encouraged to call (815) 965-6772 or visit

Here’s a look at the Camp’s Weekend Agenda ( *please note, has no affiliation with this event for more information please visit their official website):

Haunted Slumber Camp Massacre

Friday, July 13th

5:30 p.m. –   Bus departs from Wal-Mart parking lot (7219 Walton Street/E. State Street)

(The bus will be leaving promptly at 5:30 p.m. You may leave your vehicle parked overnight but be sure your vehicle is locked and all valuables are out of site).

Please Note:  Bus transportation is a MANDATORY part of the Haunted Slumber Camp Massacre.   You MUST arrive by 5:30 p.m. to depart on the  “Camp Massacre” Bus!

6:30 p.m. –   Arrival at Camp Site (Check-in)

(All attendees will be required to check-in Tents and sleeping bags are encouraged). Event location is approximately 4 miles south of Rockford.

 7:30 p.m. –   “Spine-Chilling” Cookout


(Do you hunger for flesh??? Trail of Screams will provide all the fixins’ for a “spine-chilling” cannibal cookout!  Meet fellow actors, haunter’s and R.I.P. Production’s management and staff members)

8:30 p.m. –   “Chiller Theatre”  

(Don’t look behind you….it’s a flashback to “Friday the 13th” slasher movie classics).

Saturday, July 14

8:00 a.m. –     Breakfast

(Cold cereal, donuts, milk, juice, and coffee will be available).

9:00 a.m. –    “Gorification” Seminar & Workshop    

(Learn makeup techniques to “die for”, including latex applications, gruesome gore, airbrushing techniques and hands-on demonstrations).

Noon – Lunch

(Chicago style hot dogs, chips, macaroni/potato salad & desert will be available)

1:00 p.m. –    “The ScareZone” Seminar & Workshop

(Learn scare techniques, character development, building dialogue in a haunted attraction,  how to create a frightening character, and much more!)

6:00 p.m. –    Dinner

(Pizza and chips will be available)

7:00 p.m. –   “Fright’s, Camera, Action!”

(Create your own “horror star” in your own slasher flick!  Details and rules will be provided).

11:00 p.m. –   Bus departs for Rockford  (Arrival time approximately 11:45 p.m. at Wal-Mart parking lot)