In Medieval times it was routine to bury your dead in a specialized coffin that came complete with a bell. The bell wasn’t there to celebrate or memorialize the deceased. It was there so the departed could draw attention to their grave when they suddenly awoke and found themselves buried alive.
And now this age old true nightmare has become an extreme macabre event as The Last Ride at Monster Mayhem in Las Vegas.
The Last Ride starts when Cockney gravediggers place the “guest” into a wooden casket, sealing it. From there the ride begins- you’re “carried” to the grave site in a hearse and even covered in dirt, complete with the fading smell of roses and the noise of eager beetles all around. Family and friends have the chance to view the “dearly departed” via Casket Cam as they find themselves buried alive.
Local notables The Amazing Jonathon and Teller, the silent partner to Penn Jillette, have each taken a tour around the grave experience and lived to take the stage another day. So, maybe it’s worth the price to stop on by Monster Mayhem’s two haunted houses or the haunted graveyard. Fees go to support the Peoples Autism Foundation.
The dead can be buried, and, if lucky, arise from 7 p.m. to Midnight through November 1 at Boca Park in Summerlin. Tickets for the burial are $3 and can be purchase at the gate. For more information call 702-478-2899.