On Sept. 27, the Zombie Acres attraction will be open to the public. The Treasure Valley will have the chance to combat a zombie takeover with paintball weaponry in a team setting. In cooperation with The Farmstead corn maze, an attraction in Meridian, patrons will travel by bus through zombie infested landscapes while armed with paintballs.
With the craze of a zombie apocalypse having taken over the hearts and minds of those who love the horror genre, patrons will have the opportunity to put their survival skills to the test in an affordable way.
“It’s something new for Idaho, since there’s not a lot of affordable options of entertainment for the younger crowd, including Boise State students,” said Anthony Starbard, assistant manager for Zombie Acres and sophomore general business major at Boise State.
With the intrigue behind zombie lore from an entertainment perspective, the creators of Zombie Acres are looking to combine the global zombie phenomenon with a traditional community feel, as shown by its partnership with The Farmstead corn maze.
“I love everything about zombie lore,” said Zombies Acres’ founder and content specialist, Chet Garner, “Here’s a chance for people to enter an arena that captures the intensity of humanity vs. the undead. It’s a paradox of fear and fun. Better than a movie. Better than a game. It’s a real life apocalypse survival scenario, with the assurance of returning home safely at the end of the night.”
The attraction is available to both those interested in combating zombies (heroes), as well as those who are just looking to tag along for the ride as spectators. Regardless of role, Zombie Acres purpose is to provide an opportunity to participate for those around the Treasure Valley.
“Think of this as a cross between a haunted maze, first-person shooter game, and a theater production, complete with sets, music, lighting and choreography,” said Zombie Acres co-owner Zach Garner.
Starbard went on to encapsulate the core of Zombie Acres jokingly, “Zombies are the real problem, they need to be dealt with…via paintballs.”
This initial soft opening is set to gauge the community’s reaction to the new idea of making Zombie Acres relevant to the Boise community while also hoping to establish a new community tradition. From college students to those of all ages, Zombie Acres serves a variety of community members with endless zombie possibilities.
It is meant to serve as an alternative form of entertainment for the fall holidays, and will be seasonal.
For the best deal possible, tickets can be purchased online at idahozombies.com.