The Tale of the Legendary Spoop
(not the LARP camp I work at, but the one I volunteer at- the high-immersion one for teens up in the mountains)
One time, I really really wanted to scare the shit out of the kids. So, I dressed up as a spooky ghost lady. My friend did skull-like makeup on me, I wore a long white dress, and I took my hair down (brown, and waist-length). I had my hair over my face, and then I put on a veil.
A bit after one in the morning, I started singing ring around the rosy in a slow, high-pitched voice in the woods outside their camp. The kid on watch woke everyone else up, and they proceeded to half freak out trying to figure out what was going on. I couldn’t see for shit, since it was dark and I wasn’t wearing my glasses, so I had to feel out every step I took, which allowed me to do a creepy, jerky, zombie-ish stumble.
I entered their camp, and they were all huddled in the center, pointing swords at me and trying to decide if I was friendly or not. I approached them until I was maybe 5 feet away from the group. One of the girls steps out in front, holding out her hand to me and saying “it’s ok, we don’t want to hurt you-” as soon as she got close enough to almost touch me, I RIPPED OF MY VEIL AND SCREAMED AS LOUD AS I COULD RIGHT IN HER FACE
and THE WHOLE GROUP JUST FELL OVER
like 8 or 9 kids just tumbling to the ground it was hilarious
a fellow volunteer later told me it looked like a fus ro dah
anyway I kept haunting their camp for a while, basically stumbling vaguely towards them while they scrambled away, and I was singing whatever bits of songs I could remember that sounded vaguely creepy, such as
-ring around the rosy
-johnny cash (hurt, ain’t no grave)
-green fields of france
-the Halo 3 theme
-bookends (simon and garfunkel)
-spooky scary skeletons
i’d sing really high-pitched and slow, and on the long notes i’d slide out of tune
and they kept mishearing what I was singing as SO MUCH CREEPIER THAN IT ACTUALLY WAS
one time I dropped down and did a rapid spidery crawl (like the girl from the Ring) at them and they FREAKED
I couldn’t do it for too long because i kept stepping on my hair.
There were multiple teenagers crying. One actually went and took himself out-of-game because he was so freaked. It was beautiful.
(don’t worry, they had fun).
at one point, the only other adult in camp (the plot lead, who was with the teens at the time, playing as himself, but he totally knew the spoopy ghost thing was coming) decided to try and take me down, and ran up to me and grabbed me, literally lifting me from the ground
i was like ????? because we hadn’t had enough time to discuss the spoopy ghost lady’s abilities- i.e. if I could take more than the normal amount of sword blows before dropping, if I could deal any damage (I couldn’t, I was literally unarmed) so I was like well, idk wtf to do here, so i just turned around and screamed in his face until he put me down, and he told me later that him releasing me wasn’t acting, he was literally too paralyzed to do anything
it was hella fun, so about a year later I decided to bring back the spoopy ghost lady (the kids had decided to call her Ashes). I approached the camp again and started singing and i hear “GODDAMN IT! FUCK! FUCKING SHIT!” etc. and I walked in and started my spoopy routine again (afterwords, someone told me that they were literally just talking about me and that one of them had looked at her watch and said “Ashes showed up at about 1:30 last time” and literally right then I started singing).
Highlights from the second time include:
-one of them gave me a fucking sword for no goddamn reason, and then proceeded to attack me. So I knocked him out and threw the sword at him.
- “She’s not that scary, she’s not that scary, she’s not- *I turn and look at him* FUCK”
- *standing over body of unconscious kid* “FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! YOU CAN’T HAVE HIM”
- *I stumble towards him* “FUCK NEVERMIND YOU CAN HAVE HIM” *runs away*
- “she’s gonna do the thing she’s gonna do the thing she’s-” *I drop down and spider crawl at them* “FUCK SHIT I TOLD YOU SHE’S DOING IT”
- kid: “Tell me what you want, what you really want!” me: *internally suppresses urge to go so tell me what you want, what you really really want*
- fellow volunteer (who had decided to join the kid’s camp as himself, literally so he could be there to watch me spoop) tries to sneak up behind me, I wrap my veil around his neck and “choke” him (not really, but it looked real)
-next day at checkout, when I walk up to the group (not in costume, duh) to see them off: “fuck you Katt”